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The Sacred Band (Acacia #3)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  2,101 Ratings  ·  141 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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Dec 28, 2016 Antigone rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 thin ...more
May 22, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jun 10, 2011 Stefan rated it liked it
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
Dec 28, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
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
Nov 05, 2012 Antony Wong rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 26, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
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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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).
Sep 25, 2011 Judah rated it really liked it
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.
David Brooke
Oct 04, 2011 David Brooke rated it really liked it
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
Rosu Aquabutts
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Jul 30, 2015 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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-cli
Dec 05, 2011 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
might contain spoilers. take care!

[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
Silvio Curtis
Mar 23, 2015 Silvio Curtis rated it it was amazing
So, I'm finished with Acacia. For once this is a fantasy series about changing the world instead of (just) about saving the world. Fantasy is so often about protecting some glorious past from a new threat - not that that's a bad plot, but this is different and more clearly so as the series goes on. Here the world is messed up and has been for a long time, and the point is to make it better. I don't think I've seen that done before in this genre, certainly not this well. The closest have been boo ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Maciek rated it it was ok
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Sherelyn Ernst
Nov 20, 2012 Sherelyn Ernst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz De Coster
Oct 08, 2015 Liz De Coster rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy, wndb
More of a 3.5 range. I was impressed with how Durham wrapped up the narrative threads and character arcs in a pretty satisfying manner, which is no mean feat in a sprawling fantasy of this nature. Many of his characters are struggling to find a "third way" between war and peace, and each of their stories were unique, but at the end the stories felt a little too tidied up. Maybe he wanted to assure the reader that the series was really concluded, but I think after 1500 pages he could trust his au ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Wm rated it liked it
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.
Sep 29, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2017 H. rated it it was ok
Shelves: year-6
This has been a difficult trilogy to rate. The message of the series is really well carved out, the different races and their interaction and prejudices to others and themselves is topical to the way the world exists today, plus this would be a hearty recommend of a series either as a beach read or a fine winter read in front of the fire.

The characters remain the biggest drawback. They're simply flat, and their evolutions are hiccupy. Then there is the difficulty with the bad beasts: ones like t
Jon Auerbach
Jun 06, 2014 Jon Auerbach rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2015 Drsilent rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Reviewing here both this book and the previous one, The Other Lands.

The trilogy keeps several of the promises of the first book. The world expands dramatically in the second book, with some existing factions gaining additional depth while entirely new ones are revealed. Several characters go through phases of evolution, misdirection and personal growth. Some even die unexpectedly. Even the fantasy bestiary expands in interesting ways. The plot moves forward at a good pace and is not so entirely
Jan 28, 2013 Jose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
John Weir
Jul 31, 2012 John Weir rated it it was amazing
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
Ana Correia
Dec 27, 2014 Ana Correia rated it liked it
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
Oct 13, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
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
Dec 01, 2012 CF rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
Jonathan Cate
Nov 10, 2011 Jonathan Cate rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Feb 22, 2012 Oracleofdoom rated it really liked it
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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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 currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Or... actually, no he doesn't. He's back in New England at the moment.

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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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