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Subject: Durham's "Acacia" trilogy?
Date Posted: 1/4/2010 12:14 PM ET
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I just finished the second of David Anthony Durham's, "The Other Lands," and the read the first "Acacia" just before this.

Acacia took me a while...I like my epic fantasy to have more magic, and hopefully a few elves, and that seemed lacking in this epic fantasy. But I'm glad it kept going; the magic did pick up and the second book was MUCH better, with more of those elements.

Anyone else read this and have any thoughts on it?

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 8:15 AM ET
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never heard of it. Now I'll have to go to the library to see if they have them :-)

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 1:58 PM ET
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The first book ended on such a downer and I really felt sort of put off.  Is the second book redeeming?  No need to give away plot points just wondering.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 11:36 AM ET
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Yes, the first book ended on kind of a "negative" note, but I think it was more of a contrivance to end at a point of suspense, to make us come back for more.

I can certainly say I enjoyed ther second much more; I'm not sure about calling it "redeeming," (I just don;t see book characters that way) but characters change and things happen throughout---and of course there is a third one on the way, so the second book is not The End, either.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 5:14 PM ET
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I really tried to get into this. 5 times in fact. But after 10-20 pages I just found myself not interested. which is weird cause this has lots of elements that I usually like. Oh well, guess you can't win them all :-D

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 6:51 PM ET
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I just learned of this author & series today, Charles R. Saunders spoke highly of the setting in a recent interview.† Time to dig for more information...

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 8:47 PM ET
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I just finished with The Other Lands, having read The War with the Mein the week before.† I found both books to be excellent.† The low amount of magic doesn't bother me as I frequently enjoy fantasy novels with no magic at all.

I didn't find the ending of book one to be contrived, nor particularly suspenseful.† That book stands very well on its own.

Book two on the other hand, definitely has a clifhanger ending.† This is the only part I don't like, waiting 2-3 years for the next volume.† I prefer to read stand-alone novels for this exact reason.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 12:38 PM ET
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I just recently finished the first book and loved it up until the end. †Contrived or not, the ending left me depressed. †But overall it was a great book.

I've been on the fence about reading the second book. †I've heard some mixed reviews. †Couple that with the way the first ended and I'm not sure I want to get invested.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 12:55 PM ET
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I really like both of them.† He has such an imagination!† A friend of mine just can't get into Acacia though.† I'm trying to convince her to keep going.

Ryan S, the second book does answer a lot of questions about The Other Lands.† It is worth reading, but it definitely doesn't wrap things up.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 6:14 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/25/2010 10:34 AM ET
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Thanks, Robin M. †I'd love to get some of those questions answered so I guess I'm going to have to read it now. †:-)