Acacia, Book 1

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Bantam, 2008 - Assassins - 686 pages
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Ruling from the island of Acacia, the emperor of the Known World has inherited an apparent peace and prosperity won by his ancestors generations ago. He's an intelligent man, a widower who dotes on his four children and it is this devotion that obliges him to hide a terrible secret from them: that their prosperity rests on the dark realities of trafficking in drugs and human lives. A man of integrity, he hopes that he might bring an end to this vile trade, but powerful forces stand in his way. And then an assassin strikes, a lone killer sent by the Mein, an ancient foe long ago exiled to the frozen north. Now the Mein have returned to take revenge on their old enemy and begin a series of brutal surprise assaults on Acacia. Mortally wounded, the emperor puts into play a plan that will allow his children to escape, to fulfil their destinies. And so begins a quest to avenge a father's death and restore an empire - this time on the basis of universal freedom...

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The writing is good, lots of political intrigue. - Goodreads
Battle scenes: Glossed over for the most part. - Goodreads
The plot gets better as the story goes on. - Goodreads
Plot: The book is divided up into three books. - Goodreads
Or the character development, for the most part. - Goodreads
There's nothing wrong with the writing. - Goodreads

Review: Acacia: The War with the Mein (Acacia #1)

User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

Acacia is slow, either way too predictable or baseless in its unpredictability, and in general poorly written. While the writer manages to create some vivid imagery he betrays the all important show ... Read full review

Review: Acacia: The War with the Mein (Acacia #1)

User Review  - Outis - Goodreads

Legs on a snake. This is probably the closest thing I've read to a modern epic fantasy, played straight. But what use do we have for old-fashioned epic antics in modern fantasy? Nevermind what people ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

David Anthony Durham was born in New York City. He is the award-winning author of three acclaimed novels, Gabriel's Story, Walk Through Darkness and Hannibal: Pride of Carthage. He lived in Scotland for several years but now lives with his family in California, where he teaches at Cal State University.

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