David Anthony Durham is the author of Pride of Carthage, the Acacia Trilogy, and other works of historical fiction and fantasy. His novels have been New York Times Notable Books, have won the 2001 First Novel Award and the 2002 Alex Award from the American Library Association, and have been translated into eight languages. Reader of over 400 audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of "Golden Voices."
The power and originality of Durham's impressive fantasy debut, 2007's Acacia: The War with the Mein, isn't quite matched by this sequel, though it still features intelligent, well-crafted prose and complex characters. After a political assassination led to the overthrow of the Acacian Empire, the murdered king's children were split up and found very different destinies. The focus here is on the oldest, Corinn, now queen. She is a morally ambiguous figure, fiercely guarding her secrets of magic, willing to drug her subjects to stifle dissent and sacrifice her own siblings for power. Her depiction is the book's strength, as many of the other plot elements-betrayals, close brushes with death, terrifying monsters-are standard fare. Fans will still look for book three, but with diminished enthusiasm. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Raised by the man who ousted her father from the throne, Corinn has fought her way to the rulership of the Known World and now seeks to expand her territory. Her brother Dariel travels on an exploratory mission to the Other Lands, discovering a heretofore unknown threat to his home, while warrior sister Mena fights monsters for a queen she does not truly believe in. Durham continues the epic fantasy begun in Acacia: The War with the Mein. Verdict This should appeal especially to fans of large-scale, multigenerational epic fantasy in the style of George R.R. Martin and David Drake. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Thrilling... Durham's new world---like our old one---is crawling with wickedly fascinating [characters]." ---Entertainment Weekly