Acacia: The war with the Mein

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Doubleday, Jun 12, 2007 - Fiction - 576 pages
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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.

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User Review  - RoseCrossed - LibraryThing

This book is a bit slow at first, but well worth sticking with. We get to know each of the four children of the Akaran family and watch them grow. There is lots of politicos and political intrigue in ... Read full review

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User Review  - bharris05 - LibraryThing

***Early book spoiler*** A very good read and well worth the price. David Durham tells a fantastic story about 4 royal siblings who are torn about when their kingdom is taken over. Each is thrown to ... Read full review

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DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM earned an MFA from the University of Maryland and is the author of the novels Gabriel's Story, Walk Through Darkness, and Pride of Carthage. He has received the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fiction Award, a First Novel Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and a Legacy Award. His short fiction also appears in Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing. Durham currently lives with his wife and children in Massachusetts.

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