Review: The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham

The Other Lands
David Anthony Durham

The Other Lands
David Anthony Durham
Doubleday, 2009

Durham, known for his historical fiction novels, burst onto the fantasy scene in 2007 with Acacia: The War with the Mein the first in a new fantasy series.  Released back in September The Other Lands is the second book in Durham’s Acacia series continuing the saga of the Akaran family and their empire.   Like the first book The Other Lands is a different from many fantasy novels today and its pacing, structure, and themes all seem informed by Durham’s experience with historical fiction.  If you’ve yet to read the first book there are definite spoilers here.

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New David Anthony Durham Cover

The cover art and description for David Anthony Durham’s sequel to Acacia, The Other Lands have been making the rounds today.  You can check both out over a Suvudu here.  Acacia was one of my favorite reads in 2007 and despite being well received in most corners never seemed to get quite as much attention as I think it deserved.  It is out in mass market now so don’t be give it a try, escpecially if you’re in the mood for quality epic fantasy with well-realized characters, intense political meneuvering, and a fascinating and unique world.  Durham is well-known as a writer of historical fiction (primarily Pride of Carthage) and the same high detail and lyric storytelling indicitive of that genre work equally as well in a fantasy setting.