Book One, The War With the Mein

Durham, David Anthony

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, has inherited generations of apparent peace and prosperity, won ages ago by his ancestors. A widower of high intelligence, he presides over an empire called Acacia, after the idyllic island from which he rules. He dotes on his four children and hides from them the dark realities of traffic in drugs and human lives on which their prosperity depends. He hopes that he might change this, but powerful forces stand in his way. And then a deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan in the heart of Acacia while they unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to their separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empirethis time on the basis of universal freedom. ACACIA is a thrilling work of literary imagination that creates an all-enveloping and mythic world that will carry readers away. It is a timeless tale of heroism and betrayal, of treachery and revenge, of primal wrongs and ultimate redemption. David Durham has reimagined the epic narrative for our time in a book that will surely mark his breakthrough to a wide audience.

Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2007], ©2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0385506066
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dur
Characteristics: 576 pages : color map ; 25 cm


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Apr 02, 2013
  • KEVIN DOWD rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

OK read.. some simple plot twists.. interesting enough that I read it..

Jul 23, 2012
  • athom rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was rough at first and I almost gave up. After this though I thought it was a very good book, then I got to the ending. I won't spoil it but it annoyed me enough not to read the other two books.

Dec 12, 2009
  • dida rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The first book of a fantasy epic, and a decent, but not excellent, beginning. The author falls short on depth and detail of the imagined world and, more importantly, on making us care about his characters. The story proceeds quite predictably until the very end, and even then the one or two slight twists are awaited and insufficiently dramatic.


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Dec 12, 2009
  • dida rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

dida thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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