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The D'Karon Apprentice (The Book of Deacon Series 4) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B014JO0G2O
- Publication date : November 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1813 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,687 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now I am honored to have received the fourth, The D'Karon Apprentice, from Joseph Lallo for my review.
It is difficult to explain how great this book is without giving away the whole plot, so please forgive the lack of details! Additionally, while it is not YA fiction, there are no sex scenes or offensive language. It makes it quite obvious that an excellent book can still be written without those elements.
The world created for the series is one of dragons, sorcery (both good and bad) and characters that draw you into their feelings and actions. But on a deeper level it shows how tragedies that come along can either spur us to become greater, better and more compassionate, or tempt us into justifying any action to serve our ends.
So if you are looking for a great fantasy read, start with The Book of Deacon, and don't stop until you've read the entire series...and crossing your fingers for more!
A return to a land of bitter cold. The D’Karon Apprentice starts out fast and continues it’s pace. Not so fast that you can’t keep up, but fast enough that you can’t find that moment to stop and put it down. This book brings more depth to a lot of characters. Shining a new light on how they have grown and matured, the new difficulties that they are coming to terms with after the war.
The newest villainess has been a sleep for hundreds of years. Once a disciple of D’Karon, she awakes to find them all perished. Refusing to believe, her only focus is on bringing them back to this world to bring peace.
Once again Joseph Lallo manages to introduce and submerge you into a new and beautiful place. The lands of Tressor are a stark contrast to the Northern Alliance's. Instead of cold tundra, they are desert and dust. As you are brought to these lands, you can feel the heat on your face and the difference in the cultures between the two. The subtle details that are given to you help enhance your imagination, but never feel like a dead weight or a chore to read through.
As always, each and every character is brought alive by the wonderful storytelling of Lallo. They all are easy to relate to in their own way, even when that character is evil. They are in no way Mary Sue characters, each has risen from their own ashes and had hardships themselves to get where they are.
This is a must read book. Though Amazon files it as a Young Adult, it is a book for any ages. Young teens to adults will enjoy the worlds of Joseph Lallo.
Pros:The first book really hooks you in with the lead character and takes you through quite the adventure. She is wonderfully written.The slow reveal of other characters and their background keeps you reading. The D'Karon Apprentice is much needed as you have been through so much with the others you need to hear from the other side so to speak.
Cons: I have a small quibble with two of the characters. However it is SMALL. And in no way detracts from power of the storytelling.
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The D'Karon Apprentice is the fourth book in the Book of Deacon series, and I highly recommend you read the other three books before this one. (and The Rise of the Red Shadow, which is a prequel).
If you love a good fantasy book that has dragons, sorcery and characters that draw you in and make you feel for them, then I highly recommend these books. The world and characters are memorable and I am looking forward to more from Mr Lallo
Looking at this book from a technical point of view, there's little wrong with it. The structure is good, the language is clear... However, like someone else mentioned before, it doesn't add to the overall story at all. I had previously read up to The Great Convergence, got distracted for what was about 3 months or so, and came back to the story with renewed interest. The Rise of The Red Shadow was probably my absolute favourite story set in The Book of Deacon world. I finished it over the span of a few days and even chose reading it over sweet, precious sleep (!). This one, I had to force myself to see it through to the end purely out of wanting to eventually get into the story, which sadly didn't really happen. There were good scenes, but I didn't feel like I could relate to the characters very well, like I wasn't really a part of their personal struggles. I always felt like an outsider simply watching them react to whatever happened to or around them. The previous three books worked with having a plot-centric narrative, but this one , I feel should have focused more on the characters themselves.(Perhaps the story could have benefited from a deep point of view?)
But if there's one thing I have to get off my chest is how much the dialogue grated on me after a while. Halfway through I resigned myself to the idea that most of the book would likely be exposition, and I found that to be true right up to the end. It slowed down the pace, even in parts where it added to the story. I found myself pressing on, hoping to finally get to some action, which did eventually come, but even that was slowed down by further dialogue.
Besides Ether, the characters also wren't expanded upon very much. I think what lacked was a set of individual challanges to deepen their personalities. (And I did feel the sheer lack of Lain in this story. :( ) Without the D'Karon looming over, I didn't feel like there was much of a threat present in this book, despite Turiel's magical prowess and sometimes creepy attitude. (The amount of "Honestly." and "Really now." that she can dish out is both impressive and annoying.) She was contradictory - sweet and kind one moment and then vicious and twisted the next. I'm guessing the intention was probably to make her warped in that way, but she just came off... I don't know, strange (?).
The ending was a bit underwhelming. It left some questions unaswered and I felt that it left an open end to be potentially continued in a further book. If it does, I don't think I will be reading it. I will be here pretending that the series ended with The Battle of Verril. Hehe.
That said, I still enjoyed the story. If you liked any of the previous books in the series, this one might be right up your alley.
Cant wait to read everything else this author has to offer and then begin the waiting and praying game that more books in this series will follow. Highly recommended
First sensation was how much I'd missed these characters without even realising it. Was instantly, completely, immersed back into their universe.
I much look forward to seeing if there is any more from Jade and her Myn, specifically if we see a rise from the ignorance that was forecast.