Monday, August 01, 2011

The Sacred Band... REVIEWED!

The first of the big pre-publication reviews just came in. It's from Publishers Weekly, probably the main industry magazine for book reviews and news about publishing. I'm very pleased to pass on their words to you, a STARRED, very positive review...

(Regarding spoiler stuff. The review doesn't really give away anything from this book, but it does mention something that happens at the end of the previous book. If you don't want to know what that is, you might not want to read this. In that case, suffice it to say that the called the book a "triumphant conclusion". But if you want the details of what they said, read on...)

The Sacred Band: Book 3 of the Acacia Trilogy
David Anthony Durham
Doubleday, $26.95 (576p) ISBN 978-0-307-73968-1

This triumphant conclusion to the Acacia trilogy vindicates Durham's resurrection of a major character in 2009's The Other Lands. Corinn Akaran, queen of Acacia, used her ever-growing magical powers to revive her brother Aliver to aid her defense of her kingdom. But there are no simple resolutions to the challenges facing Corinn and her siblings, and the gap widens between the means she employs and the ends she pursues. Durham provides a graphic and chilling look at how far Corinn is willing to go to advance her cause as she brutally massacres opposing armies, and that's just the beginning. A smooth plot, Corinn's well-developed character, and Durham's stellar prose and rich imagination will have many traditional fantasy fans hoping for future books set in this turbulent world. (Oct.)

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Blogger Dan said...

So happy for you! Although it must be admitted that I'm guessing your fans are going to be bittersweet about this. Saying goodbye to a series I love, no matter how good the ending, always leaves a little emptiness inside of me. That being said, the mere fact that your writing can have that effect on someone should speak volumes about your skills as a writer and storyteller. Can't wait to read it!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Kate Elliott said...

That's wonderful! Congrats! And such a relief, too, isn't it? ;)

8:01 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Thank you.


Yes, relief is definitely part of it. You do all this hard work, get edited, have a close-knit group of folks read and critique it, get confident it's good, but then...

everything is up in the air once it gets released into the world. I'm very pleased that at least one important source believes I've done my job well.

9:56 AM  

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