Acacia by David Anthony Durham


Subtitle: The War with the Mein

Published: 2007

Genre: fantasy

Length: 576 pages

Interest: I saw a review of it somewhere and it sounded interesting so I put it on my to read list. Seemed like a good time to get it from the library.

Summary: We follow the lives of four children throughout the book. Their father was ruler of Acacia and all of its conquered nations until he is assassinated by an agent of the Mein. The Mein conquer Acacia and the children are scattered to the four winds to grow up in secret, all but Corinn who is recaptured and kept at the palace. Aliver is sent to Talay and goes on a quest to find the ancient race of sorcerers. Mena ends up in an island nation, where she represents the earthly aspect of a vengeful goddess. Dariel gets raised as a sea pirate. They all reunite to overthrow the Mein, although Aliver is killed and Corinn sets herself up to be queen.

Final thoughts: It was an enjoyable enough book, but it felt like George R.R. Martin-lite, from the different point-of-view for each chapter to the killing off of a main character. Although it’s the first in a series, I doubt I’ll pick up the rest.

Title comes from: The seat of power in the kingdom is Acacia, named for the trees.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.

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