"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham :

With the first two books in the Acacia Trilogy, Acacia and The Other Lands, David Anthony Durham has created a vast and engrossing canvas of a world in turmoil, where the surviving children of a royal dynasty are on a quest 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 as a result of her mastery of spells found in the ancient Book of Elenet. Her younger brother, Dariel, has been sent on a perilous mis­sion to the Other Lands, while her sister, Mena, travels to the far north to confront an invasion of the feared race of the Auldek. Their separate trajectories will converge in a series of world-shaping, earth-shattering battles, all ren­dered with vividly imagined detail and in heroic scale.

David Anthony Durham concludes his tale of kingdoms in collision in an exciting fashion. His fictional world is at once realistic and fantastic, informed with an eloquent and dis­tinctively Shakespearean sensibility.

With this, the epic conclusion to David's Acacia Trilogy, it looks like I have yet another series to get caught up on. Acacia was an amazing read, and the only reason I didn't finish it was that it fell into the Niagara River one afternoon on a hike. I've just picked up the first 2 volumes as e-books, so I'm looking forward to getting back into things.


  1. I've been meaning to read this series *forever.* I've read part of "Acacia" but had to put it down to get to another must-review book but it definitely left a positive impression. Durham is a hell of a writer. I just haven't had the time to devote to the series the way I want to.


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