I'd urge you to give Deed another try - a couple of chapters at least. I just re-read the first few pages, and you're right - it's a little slow, and with a totally unnecessary prologue.
But for a more Sci-Fi series, The Council Wars by John Ringo is excellent.
And back to epic fantasy, The Lord of the Isles by David Drake.
No free ones here - but you can read the first few chapters on-line
Originally Posted by Shadowplay
Tried the Deed of Paksanarrion
by Elizabeth Moon. I barely made it through the couple pages of prologue.
I know it's favored by many here, but that read like a high scool D&D session or something. Maybe I just didn't give it enough chance, but it turned me off quickly.
That's probably enough to say I prefer deep stories, deep characters and fulfilling stories than some of the "fluff" like Terry Brooks. Don't get me wrong, things like that can be fun (I've read my share!), but I'm looking for something "more".