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Acacia by David Anthony Durham
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Aug 25, 09

Read in January, 2009

I liked this book. It's probably a 3.5 star book.

The book begins following a royal family in a typical fantasy world (roughly equivalent to the pre-Rennaisance or Rennaisance period). I was a little worried at this point, because it seems that all fantasy books involve the coming-of-age of kids, particularly royalty.

But I was pleasantly surprised at the twists and turns, the excellent characters, and the richness of the world. The book had great action, great intrigue, and complex and conflicted motives.

My main complaints are (1) it followed one of my non-favorite characters more than I would have liked, and (2) it had a lot of similarities to a fantasy-genre book I started writing a while back but never finished. If I wrote it now, I'd be accused of plagiarism.

So this is a good, solid fantasy read. It's a well-developed world with well-developed characters. It has a good pace, and it is not filled with cliches.

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