The Great Convergence: Book of Deacon, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Great Convergence continues the tale of young Myranda Celeste. With fresh knowledge of magic and steadfast resolve to see the end of the war that plagues her land, Myranda sets out to find and unite the five fated heroes, the Chosen. Each new warrior brings her world a step closer to peace, but does she have the strength to survive the trials ahead?
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 30 minutes|
|Author||Joseph R. Lallo|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 20, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #67,552 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,007 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#9,313 in Epic Fantasy (Books)
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A death scene features a favorite character, Myranda's pet dragon, Myn, and another features Myranda, herself, as she travels with Lain and two other Chosen that have been found, one who has no need for emotion and one whose emotion is shared shared at an elemental level with everyone in the immediate area. Deacon, in Entwell, a place that can almost not be located, deliberately performs acts that cause him to be prohibited from books and his beloved scribing for five years--only to find himself deliberately seeking further sanctions in order to attempt to offer assistance to Myranda, whom he knows is encountering great trouble outside of Entwell. Through it all, the powerful enemy generals work to capture Myranda and the other Chosen, alive, for a purpose yet to be discerned. Whether original or replacements, four or five, though, the number and makeup of the Chosen as foretold in tales of a future source of peace is still a mystery.
In this installment of The Book of Deacon, there are some grammatical issues, which presume editing issues. As with the first book, these do not detract greatly from the larger story, but they are distracting at points. Other than the story line, an excellent aspect of at least these first two books is that each book has enough of a stand-alone tale that the reader can read and use the story to guide imagination in a complete tale of wonder and appreciation of mind-enhancing possibilities--all while knowing that there is really only one tale that has been told and that the story continues with another tale that will soon create another opportunity for more creatinve imaginings.
Of all the many protagonists in the many novels I've read in my time, I must say that Lain, The Red Shadow, is among my very favorites. I particularly enjoyed in this novel the glimpse into his motivations, and the time we were able to spend with his character, being given insight into his past and his thoughts. He achieves an area of "grayness" that is a delicate balance in fiction - being elements of both good and bad, and being inspiring and terrible at once.
Myranda has received criticism in some cases for being 'not-believable," but the more I read and understand the nature of The Chosen, and the more I see her from the perspective of Lain, the more I understand that her steadfast goodness and gentle nature, while hard to comprehend for many of we jaded humans, is as much her gift as her adeptness with magic (and maybe more so). It's hard to believe that the group would have stayed together if she had given in to impatience, frustration or anger like many others in her place might have.
I absolutely loved the exchanges between Ether, the elemental chosen, and the rest of the group, especially she and Lain. It is a constant sort of amusement that this great and powerful being seems to have quite the crush on our furred hero (and who can blame her?), and I got a very enjoyable laugh when she gave him permission to begin loving her at his earliest convenience!
This novel also gives the readers a much more in-depth view of the D'Karon, the antagonists of the story, and they are satisfyingly sinister. Further, nothing about their role in the story seems forced, which leads me to believe that this story was not, as some series turn out to be, made up as the author went along (leaving plot holes and inconsistencies).
In all, this series was a wonderful find!
Then I hopped onto the author's blog and noticed several posts about revisions to his books already on Amazon's, urging readers to re-download them.
Effectively, he's patched his books, fixing the rougher portions and problems. Being a self-starter, I can understand the reasoning. Now looking forward to the book, I purchased it at the first opportunity.
It didn't disappoint. While I enjoyed the first a bit more (which I believe has as much to with my almost never enjoying the middle of a trilogy as much as the beginning or the end) I still had a good time and did enjoy some of the methods the author used to play the reader into his hands. I won't give away much of the plot, aside from the warning that the author does manage to break a few tropes, even if he falls into a few other tried and true ones. Let's just say if your thought you knew what was going on at the end of the first book, be prepared for some eye openers, as well as some more knowledge about how the world is working.
I enjoyed the second book quite a bit, and am looking forward to the third title (when I pick it up).
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It continues in Myranda's quest to unite the Chosen and thereby end the war between the Northern Alliance and Tressor that has been going on for over a century. And as compared to the first book, the action picks up a fair bit, meaning that the group of heroes is almost constantly engaged in one scrap or another. The author's approach of switching randomly between the individual fights each of the heroes has in the larger battle will work better for some than for others and like in the first book an introduction of some sort of chapters (rather than the occassional # sing between major events in the book) would be nice here, too.
As some reviewers have commented, Myranda displays a frustratingly slow pace as a learner, completely unlike her spell in Entwell in the first book, where she progressed at a speed of the most gifted of prodigies. While this may be in line with a realistic character the author would have done himself a favour in turning down the wick in the first book, so as not to create unrealistic expectations. That a lesson has been learned here is obvious in his treatment of the subject in the The Rise of the Red Shadow (The Book of Deacon) prequel.
Just like the whole series the author endeavored to keep the series relatively youth friendly - neither the language used, nor the depiction of violence will be such that a young teen should have difficulties with it; the author also does not resort to the George R.R. Martin ( A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes ) habit of regularly killing off large parts of the cast. This may mean that the book lacks some of the gritty realism of Joe Abercrombie ( The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings ), or the complexity of something like Tom Lloyd ( The Dusk Watchman: Book Five of The Twilight Reign ), at the same time it is a much easier and relaxing read as a result (and thereby more holiday friendly).
While perhaps not quite up there with the best fantasy writing out there, the author demonstrates the right kind of positive development between books and has produced an engaging and increasingly fast paced series here. I would imagine if you liked the first one that the price of entry for the second volume is definitely worthwhile.
The book itself has a few minor issues, it does take a little while to get into but at the same time it lays the groundwork that later on will have you thinking haha that means.., but wait oh that means.,, WHAT NOOO in equal amounts of shock dread and antisipation. You unravel the mystery along with the characters and get surprised by the twists just as much as they do. Its ones of those that were it a film you would find yourself slowly gettin closer to the screen until you fall off your seat but dont care as ur face is now inches from the screen.
This series made me cry twice but at one point I sent the author a message threatening him that if I turned yhe page and found out what I thought I was going to find out id, well lets just say I wouldnt be happy. It also made me laugh out loud, and had me sitting with that daft smile on my face that only comes when your reading a certain magic of a book.
Try it, I promise its the best decision you will make until you decide to get the next one
The writer has a wonderful, fantastical imagination that's original and totally compelling. It certainly had me up in to the wee hours of the morning....I couldn't read it fast enough.I was so sad to get to the end of the series and these books stay with you for a good while afterwards. I hope the author has more books in this series to come, I will most certainly be first in the download queue.