The Other Lands (Acacia Series #2)

The Other Lands (Acacia Series #2)

by David Anthony Durham
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The Other Lands (Acacia Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Several years have passed since their father king of the Acacian Empire was assassinated and his kingdom splintered. His children went on diverse paths, but they won THE WAR WITH THE MEIN. The late monarch's oldest child his daughter Queen Corinn rules over the Known World with a magically enhanced iron fist. She insures no one knows her mage secrets and uses magic and drugs to prevent uprisings and dissension. She sends her brother Daniel on what is perceived a dangerous perhaps suicidal mission to the unknown Other Lands. Corinn assumes Daniel and her other siblings are expendable pawns who live to keep her on the throne. Daniel is shocked with what he finds in THE OTHER LAND; as the ruling tribes are very powerful and pose a major threat to the stability of the Known World especially his sister's rule, but Corinn's overbearing imperative leadership has left her few allies and plenty of internal enemies ready to betray her. Corinn is a powerful amoral monarch that keeps THE OTHER LANDS from being a typical fantasy as her view of the world is her subjects including her siblings are throwaways who live to enhance her control. Her dictatorial regime leaves her almost alone. Daniel's trek is more standard fantasy 101 although well written and fun. Fans will enjoy the return to Acacia as the next generation's oldest sits on the throne. Harriet Klausner
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
Series Review for Acacia, Other Lands, Sacred Band. Following four royal siblings, this trilogy tells of their fall and gradual return to prominence, progressively revolutionizing not only the kingdom they were originally born to rule but also other lands and races. The story lines of each diverge and converge as they follow interesting individual paths and periodically come back together in various combinations. David Anthony Durham's world is original, varied, and rich in detail, as much fun to explore as are the plotlines, which can take surprising and dramatic turns. Aside from the four protagonists, there is a large, but not unmanageable, cast of equally well done supporting characters. The supernatural elements are unlike traditional magic but also original and creative and, if you're patient, there will be dragons. Overall, an outstanding series and highly recommended.
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Seadog53 More than 1 year ago
In many waysw better than the first. New lands explored as Dariel travels over seas to the Other Lands. He discovers the consequences of the Akarans. Mena's mission to track down and destroy creatures mutated by the Santoth's magic. Not all of the creatures are evil however and Mena bonds with one who becomes an inseperable soul mate in true sword and sorcery tradition. The twists and turns of the plot and creative storylines kept the story interesting and moving.The author also did a masterful job exploring many themes such as life, death, good, evil, subjugation, faith, and redemption. I have one minor complaint with the e-book version. No maps. Sometimes they help visulaize the storyline. I did find them through some googling, but wish they had been included for my e-reader.
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unique story. great cast of characters. bad guys aren't just evil, they're many layers to everyone. great read for a fan of epic fantasy. i was looking for something to hold me over until the next books come out from sanderson and grrm, and Acacia has beeen great :) Also recommend Greg Keyes kingdom of thorn and bone series. both made me happy :)
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