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The Sacred Band summary The Sacred Band, series The Sacred Band, book The Sacred Band, pdf The Sacred Band, The Sacred Band e58e5f5065 David Anthony Durham Has Serious Chops I Can T Wait To Read Whatever He Writes Next George R R MartinDavid Anthony Durham S Acclaimed Fantasy Saga, The Acacia Trilogy, Continues As The Sacred Band Begins, Queen Corinn Bestrides The World As A Result Of Her Mastery Of Spells From The Book Of Elenet Her Younger Brother, Dariel, Has Been Sent On A Perilous Mis Sion To The Other Lands And Her Sister, Mena, Travels To The Far North To Face An Invasion Of The Feared Race Of The Auldek As Their Separate Trajectories Converge, A Series Of World Shaping, Earth Shattering Battles Will Force The Surviving Children Of The Akaran Dynasty To Confront Their Fates Head On And Right Some Ancient Wrongs Once And For All

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  1. says:

    It s always a risk to take up a multi volume work in fantasy Many have learned hard lessons here There are authors who, despite their fine intentions, may take twenty years to finish a single saga That s cliffhanger after cliffhanger with no resolution in sight There are authors who, despite their dedication, miss their promised publication dates by miles and really don t want to hear from their readers authors who have actually developed certain animosities in that regard And if you think this doesn t play out in the story, think again There are authors who, despite their protestations to the contrary, lose interest in their masterwork You can find them, in seriously squirrely ways, detouring to different genres and constructs and you know they re done they re not coming back So to my mind a point or two should be awarded to every fantasy writer who delivers a final chapter, merely for having the good grace to bring his tale to a close.That said, another less talked about risk in reading fantasy hinges on the structural As a reader you ll have at least two books under your belt, but probably like five, sometimes ten You ve made a generous investment and he s held you to this point Does he have the skill to wind things up Some do Some don t Truth is, you won t know until you get there.About a third of the way into Sacred Band, as one of Durham s protagonists was crossing an arctic tundra, the wind left my sails I m two volumes in, though, so I did what many do at this stage I picked up an oar and started to row By the time I reached the final page I was glad to have hit port, and pretty sure whatever applause was available belonged less to the author than to me.We fantasy readers are a hearty breed There s no disputing that.

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    I ve always been conflicted about this trilogy On the one hand, Durham has created a few very well developed and entertaining characters, such as Corinn and Rialus Neptos He s explored interested ideas concerning slavery, drug use, imperialism and the use of power He s built up an interesting world which we got to explore fully in book 2 The Other Lands and introduced us to an original and fascinating people the Auldek.On the other hand, for every interesting character Durham has introduced, he s created another three that are boring or flat Kelis, Dariel most times or too blandly perfect to be interesting Mena and Aliver His pacing has always been problematic, especially due to the fact that so many of his characters are uninteresting His prose is at best average and at worst clunky He also has the unfortunate tendency to write some pure cheese this was most notable in the book two plotline in which Mena became super best friends with a dragon For all these reasons, the Acacia trilogy has always been a three star one for me the good balances out the bad and we end up with a decent first two books that could be remarkable one chapter and absolutely awful the next.For the first half of the Sacred Band, it looked like this would remain true Get a Dariel chapter Expect some interesting world building but boring and trite character interaction A Corinn chapter Expect for it to be entertaining, thought provoking and disturbing A Mena chapter Chances are the character s Mary Sueness will override anything good in it Still, Durham raises some interesting questions during this first half, especially as Corinn becomes a darker and darker character and we learn about the Auldek.Unfortunately, the latter half of the novel is an absolute letdown, both from a narrative and character perspective Characters undergo massive transformations in the space of a chapter Nearly all plotlines are resolved by deus ex machinas dei ex machinarum The complex questions that Durham has raised the whole trilogy concerning slavery, empire building and drug use are all washed away by the characters all unanimously deciding to be GOOD and to do away with INJUSTICE Characters don t win because they make hard choices, or because of any character traits, but because they have been declared special and thus can pretty much do anything Every character recieves redemption, whether they ve earned it or not It is probably one of the neatest endings I ve ever read, and not in a good way.Look, I have nothing against a positive, progressive message in modern epic fantasy, which I believe is what Durham was aiming for But you have to earn that message You cannot spend an entire trilogy building up complex social problems and then resolve them all as simplistically as possible, giving everyone a happy ending in the process It s not true to the setting, plot or characters, and ultimately makes the Sacred Band a dissapointing ending to an average but promising trilogy.

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    The most pleasant surprise about The Other Lands, the previous book in the ACACIA trilogy by David Anthony Durham, was that it broadened the scope of the series tremendously Ushen Brae, the setting for a large part of the action in that book, proved to be a complex and interesting place, with its non human Auldek tribes, several strata of human Quota slaves from a warrior caste to an organized Free People resistance movement , the mostly extinct Lothan Aklun race, and a rich and fascinating history The Sacred Band doesn t expand the series fantasy world to the same extent as The Other Lands did, although it does reveal some inland areas of Ushen Brae that were previously unseen Rather than expanding the world, The Sacred Band instead builds on what came before, reveals a few new and interesting details, and brings the various plot lines to a satisfying conclusion that, at the same time, leaves the door open for possible future stories set in this world.As The Other Lands ended, the Known World seemed poised on the brink of climactic change Queen Corinn s magic had grown stronger and stronger, culminating in the shocking resurrection of her brother Aliver The newly freed Santoth were on their way north, claiming that Corinn s magic posed a threat to the world The League of Vessels still had its claws in various plots, despite the failure of its Ushen Brae gambit Mena had been given a task that seemed impossible and borderline suicidal halt or at least slow the advance of the Auldek, who were marching across the frozen north with a huge army to invade the Acacian empire And Dariel was still in Ushen Brae with the Free People, who thought he might be their savior, the Rhuin F.Does The Sacred Band bring all of these threads to a satisfactory conclusion Yes, with the caveat that your level of satisfaction with this series closer will depend on how sensitive you are to the issues that plagued the previous books My chief complaint is still that David Anthony Durham occasionally relies on highly improbable coincidences and surprise revelations to advance his plot I m staying intentionally vague to avoid spoilers here, but in The Sacred Band there s one major instance where an up to that point unknown ability miraculously and completely turns the tide It s really a shame that an otherwise well written and original fantasy series has to resort to this, because it tarnishes its many positive aspects.Aside from this, The Sacred Band is easily the strongest novel in the trilogy By now, both the characters and the fantasy world have acquired a surprising amount of depth On the Acacian side, there s a melancholy atmosphere throughout the early parts of the book, as characters lead their lives with the knowledge that their world is about to change drastically If they felt that they were or less in control in the last book, they now become and aware of how untenable the situation really is Meanwhile, the Auldek army is advancing, and their chapters reveal a few surprising sides to the Auldek culture And as the various plots advance, we also learn details about the League of Vessels, who continue to play a complex game, and about the Free People and their history All through the novel, Durham advances the plot while still occasionally revealing new layers of his fantasy world.In the end, The Sacred Band is a rewarding book because it shows some of its major characters finding their destinies in ways that have considerably resonance than anything that came before in the series I think it s safe to say that, if you ve been following these characters story arcs with interest, you ll be surprised, occasionally shocked, and ultimately satisfied with the way their stories come to an end This trilogy started out with characters that were little than templates, but puts them through so many changes and evolutions that, by the end, they ve become unrecognizable and infinitely interesting.Looking back, I feel that the ACACIA trilogy has steadily been getting better as it progressed Acacia The War with the Mein had an uninspired start, but improved significantly after the end of its first section The Other Lands added a whole new dimension to the fantasy world and continued to grow and evolve the characters in surprising ways And as I hoped and expected, The Sacred Band continues this trajectory and delivers a worthy finale that than makes up for some of the bumps along the way If you enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, this is practically a must read this review was originally published on www.tor.com on 10 6 2011 and on www.fantasyliterature.com on 10 17 2011

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    The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham brings the saga of the Akaran family, begun in Acacia, to a close The novel picks up where The Other Landsleft off Corinn controls Acacia with an iron grip her growing mastery over the magic learned from the Book of Elenet allow ever greater control over the populace Dariel, still far across the sea in the Other Lands learning about the society formed by the former quota slaves Mena has been tasked with defending Acacia s northern border from invadeing Auldek Last, the recently resurrected Aliver slowly begins to recover who he was On a minor note one of the brilliant things this series does, and one of the things I d love to see other shorter fantasy series do, is provide several pages about two to three of summary for the previous novels In a genre wherein volumes are separated by months if not years this type of summary is extraordinarily helpful in helping ease a reader back into the story.The Other Lands really opened up the story of the Acacia trilogy by introducing the continent of Ushen Brae and revealing the society formed by the quota slaves sent across the sea The Scared Band expands upon those revelations slowly doling out the history and ramifications of the presence of the quota slaves and their former masters Indeed over the course of the novel, and the course of the series at large, the themes of history and truth play an ever increasing role in how events unfold There are multiple layers of each throughout each the novel s cultural strata The Akarans have always controlled the flow of their own history and the careful manipulation of which sends ripples of ever increasing size across the whole world The Akaran s manipulation of their own history intersects with revelations about the Lothun Aklun and the history of The Other Lands Free People Meanwhile the Auldek, who have consumed the souls of the quota slaves to gain near immortality, struggle to maintain the simple memory of their own pasts.Both Acacia and The Other Lands in a sense revealed small aspects of the full story unveiled here but as the true history of the world is unveiled over the course of The Sacred Band you begin to see how carefully Durham has crafted this world to reflect the decisions of its inhabitants over the course of generations The Sacred Band is the strongest novel in a trilogy of consistently strong novels The characters, both great and small, have a depth seen in very few other series More often than not at first glance the characters may appear to adhere to a stereotype but over the course of the novels each of the characters, and particularly the members of Akaran royal line, follow a distinct and organic growth Of the Akaran s it is Corinn, whose evolution from a prisoner to near dictator over the course of the first two novels made for some compelling reading, that really shines in The Scared Band Not to sound too corny but there is something of the redemptive power of love in her arc over the course of the novel Where that love comes from is expected in most cases but something of a surprise in others Similarly, Dariel s arc from an impetuous pirate to something resembling a Christ like figure, comes to a nice close here as well I could probably spend a lot time telling you how much I enjoyed the arcs of each of the series main characters but I will leave it at saying that each and everyone is fantastically and believably taken on a journey of discovery and growth over the course of these novels.The Sacred Band is a splendid end to an oft overlooked series that deserves to be read by people Durham is an accomplished world builder who crafts characters with both hindsight and foresight Durham started his career writing historical fiction, a fact which gives his writing and his approach to fantasy a very different feel compared to other genre authors The Acacia trilogy is one of the most original and well constructed fantasies I ve ever read and I look forward to seeing where Durham goes next.

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    Oh dear what happened The first book in Durham s Acacia trilogy was a solid read It posed interesting questions on a backdrop of political fantasy It wasn t a story with easy answers, and, while it wasn t perfect, it tried to shine a fairly progressive light on what has largely been a conservative genre The Other Lands, the second book in the trilogy, broadened the scope but did so by grinding the overall story to a halt In my review of that book, I criticised it for its meandering, non climax of an ending It had its moments though, especially when Durham was left to conjure up the Lothan Aklun and Auldek culture, which was easily the highlight of the novel It was a book that set up the pieces for an epic finale so, quite rightly I d argue, I was expecting The Sacred Band to deliver My mistake It s clear at this point that Durham has too many characters to handle and it quickly becomes a problem We have long, rather pointless, stretches of the book where we re following characters that have very little to do in the story Delivegu, Kelis, Melio and Durham s staunch refusal to not kill off any of his characters means that the pacing of the story quickly grinds to a halt We see many of the plot threads from the first two books finally come to fruition here Shen finally makes it back to Acacia with the Santoth, Corrin continues her slow slide into paranoid madness as she tightens her grip on power, and Mena is left to effectively act as a tar pit for the advancing Auldek forces There s lots of potential here, and I was genuinely looking forward to seeing how Durham would have it all resolve.Yet, at about the half way point, there s a major scene which effectively splits the book in two, and, if I m completely honest, it feels like the latter half was written by another writer The prose takes a nosedive for starters, the dialogue starts to elicit some cringes, and, worst of all, characters undergo dramatic and lasting transformations in the space of a few hundred words, completing their character arcs in less than a chapter All of those interesting themes that the original two books handled imperialism, monarchy, capitalism they re brushed away so that the story can end The second half of this novel really feels rushed and I can t stress that enough Plot convenience after plot convenience is suddenly thrown at the reader so that the book can wrap itself up Even the tone changes in the second half, with the League, the closest the novel gets to a clear group of villains, becoming nothing than pantomime baddies It s not so much that the The Sacred Band is a bad book, it s that it undoes what made the first two books so interesting And its simplistic, shallow ending s almost feel like a betrayal of those who ve stuck around long enough to see the end of the trilogy.

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    AMAZING If you re twiddling your literary thumbs waiting for the next book in the Game of Thrones series I cannot recommend the Acacia Trilogy enough The Sacred Band is the third and final book of the story of the Akaran family and everything comes delightfully to a close And inevitably, with me wanting If you re already interested and you have your Google fingers out right meow, make sure to avoid reading about The Sacred Band and check out the synopsis for the first novel in the series Acacia The War with The Mein to avoid any potential spoilers In my opinion A Song of Ice and Fire feels very English, whereas the Acacia Trilogy feels inexplicably Roman and international They both also have inconspicuously deep roots in this new modern fantasy realism that George R.R Martin has really set alight And much like a Game of Thrones, that kind of magic is a refreshing breath of fresh air Both sagas have intrigue, scandal, naughtiness, and shenanigans They both also follow a family While there are infinitely in A Song of Ice and Fire, in Acacia it is really just one family that takes centre stage The Akarans The children and the women and men they grow up to become makes for a fascinating I can t put this down read They are lovely, human characters, susceptible to the same follies and heartbreak that will always plague our silly hopeful race Although you can see similarities between the Stark children and the Akaran children, they are not one and the same And reading about one family will not dilute your pleasure for the other.Oh, and did I mention there are pirates in Acacia

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    This was pretty good, but I didn t like it nearly as much as the first two in the series It wrapped up the story pretty well, but didn t really pull me in all the way at any point I think part of the reason was that view spoiler everyone and their mom came back from the dead in one way or another. Or two people at least did, but two is enough It just took the finality out of death for me, I think the story would have been better off if they had just stayed dead hide spoiler

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    Video review of the whole series to come I don t know what to say I love this series so much, I don t think I can put it into words at the moment Thank you, David Anthony Durham Thank you for Aliver, Corinn, Mena and Dariel I cannot wait to revisit the Known World and view spoiler Ushen Brae hide spoiler

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    One of those rare books that I m tempted to put down 50 pages from the end, simply because I don t want the story to end That way, I can continue to imagine how it all turns out.and then revise and rewrite it again.

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    I just completed the Acacia series and I enjoyed the ride very much As a trilogy I have to say the series is very satisfying and rewards the reader who pays attention to the details But this isn t a review of the series but a review of the third book, so with that in mind, tally ho To start, I believe this is the weakest of the trilogy, but before you stop reading know this The Sacred Band is still good and we cannot judge it too harshly due to the brilliance that came before it As a whole the series is great and a must read, but this book does have problems the others didn t To recap the series The first book was incredibly expansive and whole The entire book revolved around the children of a kingdom that has been spread across the world encountering cultures mostly forgotten and abused by the kingdom they come from The book seems to say, we have learned something about ourselves by travel and education and ignorance is NOT bliss Book two developed the characters further from the first, largely because we spent so much time with the children as children book 2 is about who they have become as adults That brings us to book 3, and it s a wonderful circle the series draws It also introduces a new culture that is equal parts amazing and frightening Well done.The Sacred Band then feels like the final chapter to the first two books, rather than a grandiose book of its own New details are learned of the new villains than any of the heroes In fact I d wager this book was less about the main characters and about the evil they must fight Because of this the characters react to things rather than grow and change Almost as if book 1 and 2 were the Dungeon and Dragon books you read to develop your character, while book 3 was the actual dungeon and dragon game you play with your buddies That metaphor sums it up best I think The Sacred Band is a play thing that is a treat to enjoy but isn t a fantasy novel to be read on its own Fan fiction is too harsh a term, but it feels that way when reading it There are a few twists and turns that are great thatI won t spoil here and the conclusion, while very sappy and almost too perfect a statement, is satisfying enough We get a few good battles that keep things interesting, but the ending does end perfectly than I d like Instead of ending in a bang it builds to a few satisfying events about the choices the characters make rather than the things they do For such a great series I was hoping for of a battle than moral choices.I also found a few of the characters desire to stray from their husbands, and lovers was an interesting twist There isn t much of a fulfilling end to these flings, but it was a surprise and a bit of a delight to read I only wish there was of a meaning to it, but it worked well enough.My only major complaint was the story arc of Corinn Things wrap up much too quickly, her wickedness seems to be forgotten by herself in a second The explanation wasn t the most satisfying, possibly because it seemed to be a flip of a switch rather than a slow boil to completed pasta if you catch my meaning I can understand it, but her arc from the previous books onward seems forced She was enslaved much of her life, so now she takes life back and seeks to protect the ones she loves One moment she s capable of killing thousands, the next strokes her sons head and wished she hadn t done the horrible thing It s odd, and i got the impression Durham wasn t willing to make her completely evil, but wasn t willing to make her all good either Instead of having her lean one way or the other she simply seems confused by it all It wasn t the clearest character development that I would have liked Overall this book does its job I keep saying it does well enough so think of this as a job well done, but not a job done that exceeded all expectations If you ve read the first two books which are amazing you won t hesitate to finish the series If your e on the fence about reading the series know it s all worth it, but know that the end, while good enough, doesn t meet the expectations of the first two books.

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