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Acacia by David Anthony Durham
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Oct 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, maps
Read from November 27 to December 01, 2010

Durham creates an entire world, complete with twenty-two generations of history. He does a good job. His main characters are three-dimensional enough to be believable. In fact, many supporting characters have that ring of authenticity. He sets up his tale well enough that the reader's mind as well as emotions are engaged. His mechanics (grammar, sentence structure, etc.) exceed most modern fantasy writers. He manages to develop a satisfactory conclusion for his first book while leaving enough unsolved to "require" more.

His tale borrows on Tolkien and Lewis. Not necessarily bad. As is usual for this type of story, his main characters have no trouble learning/doing things which his secondary cast (mere mortals) can not. (Call it the Harry Potter syndrome.) Fine of young readers; mature readers may be irritated. But those are quibbles.
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