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The Sacred Band (Acacia #3)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,525 ratings  ·  123 reviews
With the first two books in the Acacia Trilogy, Acacia and The Other Lands, David Anthony Durham created a vast and engrossing canvas of a world in turmoil, and of the surviving children of a royal dynasty on quests to realize their fates — and perhaps right ancient wrongs once and for all. As The Sacred Band begins, one of them, Queen Corinn, bestrides the world with her ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 559 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Doubleday
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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 more 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 int
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 ...more
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 ...more
Antony Wong
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 more.

[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 serie
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). But it was ...more
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[9/10] a fitting conclusion to what turned out to be a monumental construction, like one of those huge wall paintings from le Louvre or like a symphony played by a full orchestra. The journey took me to wonderful places - lost cities in the jungle, desolate arctic plains, mountainous waves on the high seas, sophisticated palaces full of history and so on, deserts populated by fantastic creatures and much more. Everywhere, small bands of heroes, led by the scions
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
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Sherelyn Ernst
This trilogy was wonderful. I read the first one because I was thinking of giving all three to my sister but thought it was pretty dubious to send her three books, none of which I'd read. I found it through a review in the Washington Post of this third one which made it sound really good. Also, I was dying of boredom in my effort to make it through Mann's Magic Mountain and I welcomed a change of pace. Well, I read the first and --forget Magic Mountain (which I'm still struggling through)--I dro ...more
Ana Correia
O terceiro e último livro da Saga Acácia foi aquele que mais gostei e também aquele que menos me custou a ler (foi preciso força de vontade para passar pelo primeiro e segundo volume). A história fica mais interessante, os personagens também e começo então a achar que o livro têm tudo para ser um bom livro. Até que chego à última página e o autor deixou em aberto alguns aspectos fundamentais... nomeadamente o retorno dos Auldek às "outras terras" e como é que isso foi aceite pelas ex crianças di ...more
Captivating, with a good deal of action. While a great read, I did think this book did not have the same level of character development as the previous two. Mena and Dariel's characters are well written, but Corinn's suffers a bit as the interesting greyness of her character is abruptly discarded.

This final book did seem a bit rushed, and I wish the final scenes in Ushen Brae had been much more detailed. I also wanted to see a reunion between some of the characters at the end, although it was im
A bit of a rebound from the okay-ness of book 2. In fact, this book improved my opinion of the other two because it made me appreciate just how solid and interesting the worldbuilding is. On the other hand, it feels a bit rushed and my review for book 2 where I talk about the lack of grace or depth or something still applies. In all, a solid, sweeping epic trilogy and Durham is to be congratulated for keeping it to three and covering as much ground as he did.
Wonderful finale to a trilogy that left my mind blown time after time. Now I'm in withdrawal. I need to get out more, cause I'm missing my fictional characters like I just lost some real buddies! LOL
Not much to say except that this book is a good conclusion to the series. This book and the first one seem most memorable to me. Anyway, everything in terms of plot turned out for better or for worse. Dariel with his ventures in the Other Lands was interesting to read about. Mena, my favorite always was engaging as well. Corinn actually redeemed herself compared to how she was in the 2nd book and Aliver seemed like the only one that didnt feel well developed to me. This book would have been grea ...more
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.
Jon Auerbach
Acacia’s sins have finally come home to roost as the Auldek, who for generations purchased quota children (child slaves) from Acacia in exchange for the addictive drug mist, are on the verge of invading the Known World. In their way stand the four Akaran siblings. Yes, four, as Aliver, who perished at the end of the first book, has been brought back to life by Corinn’s sorcery. But Aliver’s return from the dead has not softened Corinn; rather, her manipulations and schemes grow to new bounds. Me ...more
This was my least favourite of the trilogy. It definitely wrapped up storylines and gave resolutions to character arcs, but it seemed really rushed, which is saying something for books of this length.

I did enjoy the details and reasons of each conclusion, but I felt this really should have been two books as for whatever reason Durham seemed as if he were rushed into wrapping up this series.

That being said, I'd still recommend the entire trilogy to fantasy fans. Its not anything hugely original,
A triumphant finish to a weaving, intricate and fantastically intriguing series. I now see that the excessive character development in book two was necessary to dive into the very plot-driven book three.

The Sacred Band is amazingly written and centres around the war between the Acacians and the Auldek, the League and Queen Corinn, and the Free People/Clans against everyone. Queen Corinn is having problems taking control of The Song of Elenet, and she is beginning to draw attention to herself. A
c2011: FWFTB: spells, Elenet, invasion, world-shaping, dynasty. So, I finally managed to get my hands on the final book in the trilogy. Thank Heavens, there was 'The Story so Far' and a map. Could have done with a list of characters as well to be truthful. Really well written, nice tying up of plots and just desserts were handed out left, right and centre. For me, though, it was quite a sad book. Just desserts are sometimes not as sweet as promised. There is some moralising and philosophising: ...more
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John Weir
This was a fitting end to a very enjoyable trilogy. The four Akaran childen are awesome and you feel a strong bond with them from the beginning of the series. The conclusion of the story was satisfying for each of them, which considering their different archs was not easy to accomplish. They each got what they probably deserved or what the story needed to maintain credibility. The dark aspects of the world in general are not totally obliterated as their is no clear bad guy, no "black rider who ...more
Jonathan Cate
The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham finishes of the Acasia Trilogy. I thought the book was well written and was comparable to the previous two books in the series. Overall I thuroughly enjoyed my read an will read whatever Durham puts out next. However, there were a few things that I didn't like. Some of the main characters have abrupt changes in behavior so that the conclusion could be quickly and easily wrapped up. This seems a little too convient for my tastes. The ending was a little too ...more
Hmmm... Twas Good.

I've been reading epic fantasy books almost exclusively for the past year or so, since June 2011 when I picked up "A Song of Ice and Fire". Despite this The Acacia Trilogy is the first epic fantasy series that I have completed. I am currently listening to the Wheel of Time on audiobook, which will, when finished, be my second completed epic fantasy series.

Regarding The Acacia Trilogy it felt good to see closure to the main plots after 3 somewhat lengthy books. With respect to t
The third installment of the Acacia trilogy is pretty much what readers would expect it to be. While there were no major surprises, the story remained suspenseful and interesting throughout. I found the entire story to be reminiscent of the Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) in that the story revolves around many characters in many places - giving the reader a complete world view. I believe George RR Martin and Durham have worked together before, and I'm not surprised given that their subject ...more
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This was, beyond a doubt, the best of the trilogy. The previous books had some problems with too much exposition, and this one did a great job of avoiding that. The author is definitely getting better as he goes, unlike so many authors who seem to have peaked and begun to decline. I was really attached to nearly all of the characters. I found Corinn such a complex and human villain. I love Mena and Melio, and Dariel really grew on me here, too, when previously I hadn't really grokked him. I do a ...more
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(Spoilers to Acacia War With The Mein and Acacia The Other Lands are below).

The Sacred Band is the final book by David Anthony Durham in the Acacia Trilogy. Continuing right after the conclusion of The Other Lands, The Sacred Band looks to resolve all of the conflicts that had begun in the previous two installments.

Although the ending of The Other Lands was sure to draw controversy amongst readers, The Sacred Band redeems a lot of the more q
Wow. I just love these. The series as a whole kinda blew me away. Richly detailed, anti-racist, decolonial, complicated. Yay. This last installment had me marvelling at the complexity of Corinn's characterization in particular. There were so many threads of story, and I was happy to read more about each one. I thought the ending was a bit too neatly done--slightly trite/pat. But the themes and overall skill of the story makes me fucken happy. Gushing fan mail to David Anthony Durham completely j ...more
Sachin Dev
This book brings to conclusion one of the better completed trilogies in the Fantasy genre these days. Notice the emphasis on 'completed' :)

Absolutely loved this vast sweeping ambitious undertaking, Durham brings this to a satisfactory ending albeit it does get a bit dragging towards the end, waiting for the multiple story lines to get tied up. Well be writing a more coherent version of this one in a little bit. Solid 4 stars.

Say three cheers for David Anthony Durham for having given us the exqu
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David Anthony Durham was born in New York City to parents of Caribbean descent. He grew up mostly in Maryland, but has spent the last fifteen years on the move, jumping from East to West Coast to the Rocky Mountains, and back and forth to Scotland and France several times. He’s married to a Scot that’s just as restless as he is, though they claim they’re settling down in Western Massachusetts afte ...more
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Acacia (3 books)
  • Acacia: The War with the Mein (Acacia, #1)
  • The Other Lands (Acacia, #2)
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“What sense does it make that one god would create all? Why would he create … rabbits. Soft and cuddly, yes? And then create foxes that hunt them down and tear them to shreds? Why do that? That god is no god to the rabbits. He is a demon that favors their enemies. But nor does that god honor the fox, for he creates other animals bigger than it. Creates wolves. Creates you Acacians. Even you, Rialus, could kill a fox if you were lucky and had the right weapon.” “And if the creature was lame or old,” Jàfith added.” 3 likes
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