Acacia

Acacia

Book One. The War With the Mein

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Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, has inherited generations of apparent peace and prosperity, won ages ago by his ancestors. A widower of high intelligence, he presides over an empire called Acacia, after the idyllic island from which he rules. He dotes on his four children and hides from them the dark realities of traffic in drugs and human lives on which their prosperity depends. He hopes that he might change this, but powerful forces stand in his way. And then a deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan in the heart of Acacia while they unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to their separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire–this time on the basis of universal freedom.

ACACIA is a thrilling work of literary imagination that creates an all-enveloping and mythic world that will carry readers away. It is a timeless tale of heroism and betrayal, of treachery and revenge, of primal wrongs and ultimate redemption. David Durham has reimagined the epic narrative for our time in a book that will surely mark his breakthrough to a wide audience.

Baker & Taylor
Leodan Akaran, the powerful ruler of an idyllic empire, hides the dark realities of their prosperity from his four children, until an assassin from the Mein, a race exiled to an ice-locked stronghold in the north, strikes him down and frees his children.

Blackwell North Amer
Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, has inherited generations of apparent peace and prosperity, won ages ago by his ancestors. A widower of high intelligence, he presides over an empire called Acacia, after the idyllic island from which he rules. He dotes on his four children and hides from them the dark realities of traffic in drugs and human lives on which their prosperity depends. He hopes that he might change this, but powerful forces stand in his way. And then a deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan in the heart of Acacia while they unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to their separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire - this time on the basis of universal freedom.

Baker
& Taylor

Leondan Arkan, the powerful ruler of an idyllic empire, hides the dark realities of their prosperity from his four children, until an assassin from the Mein, a race exiled to an ice-locked stronghold in the north, strikes him down and frees his children to pursue their own destinies, avenge his death, and rebuild Acacia on a foundation of universal freedom. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385506069
0385506066
Branch Call Number: SF DURHAM
Characteristics: 576 p. : col. map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: War with the mein

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yo918
Oct 08, 2017

I really like this author's historical fiction novels. This wasn't bad, but nothing very original, another Game of Thrones knock off. The ending wasn't great, and it sort of makes obvious what is going to happen next, but I'm hoping it gets better. Will try book two anyhow. Not a bad read if you like fantasy, otherwise you might not like it a lot.

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redking77
Jun 15, 2016

I really had to force myself to complete this book. Certain parts of the story were interesting enough to keep me going, but not at a breakneck pace by any means. Similar to George Martin in that the tale is told largely through the eyes of orphaned kids. Where Durham fails horribly though is with his character development.

KEVIN DOWD Apr 02, 2013

OK read.. some simple plot twists.. interesting enough that I read it..

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athom
Jul 23, 2012

This book was rough at first and I almost gave up. After this though I thought it was a very good book, then I got to the ending. I won't spoil it but it annoyed me enough not to read the other two books.

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dida
Dec 12, 2009

The first book of a fantasy epic, and a decent, but not excellent, beginning. The author falls short on depth and detail of the imagined world and, more importantly, on making us care about his characters. The story proceeds quite predictably until the very end, and even then the one or two slight twists are awaited and insufficiently dramatic.

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