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Baroque Personae eWever Dariel is uestioned by and in turn uestions his captors in a fascinating use of or at least something similar to the Socratic method While this manages to gives a nice bit ofxposition regarding the history of his captors it also allows for some significant development on Dariel s part the conclusion of which I thought was ironic intellectual discourse thought action leads a man to realize he is defined by what he does not what he saysCorinn s was ually fascinating though spoiled somewhat when is defined by what he does not what he saysCorinn s narrative was ually fascinating though spoiled somewhat when character Barad the Lesser uickly dissects her motives and personality The analysis is spot on but I think it denies the reader their own discovery of the same facts She is a hard woman but is hardness that is brittle and prone to cracking I read her section with trepidation waiting for the moment when she finally breaks While there was one close call in that regard it never really comes to fruition but some late revelations by the Santoth later in the novel followed by some clever language in Corinn s last chapter or two manage to Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? evoke a nice sense of dread about what is to comeI may have mentioned this in other reviews but I always find the introduction of certain Lovecraftianlements ndear to fiction Intentional or not that is the case hear as well not only in the foulthings Mena fights but in certain revelations late in the novel as well I don t want to spoil it though I hinted at it above There are other lements of horror hear as well particularly as we learn how Lothun Aklun magic actually functions While not as ground breaking and Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group engaging as I had hoped The Other Lands is still anxciting well crafted read that leaves me Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust eager to see if thingsxplode uite as large as I xpect them to in the next volume In addition to a fascinating plot and tangled in a good way politics durham has created what good way politics Durham has created what think is an xcellent study on the nature of leadership and family particularly as the two pertain to one another in additional to providing some vibrant portraits of our three main characters and their relationship to one another If there is one thing that Durham and the Acacia series at large does is craft a narrative that is both Pansy Vol. 6 epic in scope and intimate in nature a saga of family andmpire that I highly recommend fans of fiction from all genres Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods experience. Ds There he discovers an alliance of tribes that have no interest in being ruled by ueen Corinn and the Akarans In fact Dariel’s arrival ignites a firestorm that oncexposes The Known World to a massive invasion one unlike anything they have yet face. .
As with my review of Acacia this review is a "Literary Minefield Of Uber Spoilers And Links To TVTropesAcacia "minefield of uber spoilers and links to TVTropesAcacia s left a sinister taste in air The shining prince Aliver Akaran is dead In his place his sister Corin This series is verything I haven t felt this way since I was fourteen When I This series is verything I haven t felt this way since I was fourteen When I read LOTR it took over my life I fell in love with Middle Earth and all of its inhabitants But deep down I longed for a book that would include people that looked like me People of color in a fantasy setting not being subjugated or stereotyped and the Acacia trilogy has given me that and much I seriously love this series Anyone who rates this book or the first one under a three is a liar I don t care Durham s writing is amazing his characters are fully realized and beautiful I cannot wait to read the final book but at the same time I don t want to leave the Known WorldSide note One of the things that I love about the second book is that we get to know the characters deeply We get to see them be happy see their fears and weaknesses as well as their strengths It was a breath of fresh air Just wasn t all that interested in finishing the book after all Maybe just my mood but it never clicked with me like the first one I made it about halfway through but none of the characters besides Dariel were all that interesting This review originally appeared at RevolutionSFcomIf you look back at my review of Acacia The War With the Mein yo 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 Education in a New Society 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 sxperience with historical fiction If you ve yet to read the first book there are definite spoilers hereWe pick up nine years after Corinn s coup and reclamation of the Akaran throne from her husband What we get is very much a middle novel as the characters work through the tumultuous Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education events of the previous book and how or if thosevents have changed them Mena has been tasked by her sister to track down and destroy the ho. “David Anthony Durham has serious chops I can’t wait to read whatever he writes next George R R MartinDavid Anthony Durham’s gripping Acacia Trilogy continues with an pic novel where loyalties are tested new worlds are discovered and battle lines.

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as well as her violent as the goddess Maeban on Earth Dariel bears the guilt of his actions following Aliver s death when he foreswore his brother s word and attacked the Meinish army and has thrown himself into helping the common folk rebuild after the war Summoned back to his sister s side he is uickly tasked the common folk rebuild after the war Summoned back to his sister s side he is uickly tasked journey across the sea to the titular Other Lands and meet with the mysterious Lothun Aklun Corinn meanwhile has grasped the control of the Empire with an iron fist becoming something of a distant figure willing to use anyone and veryone to guide her The Baby Swap Miracle empire to the destiny she foresees In the process she now wields powerful magic capable of both creation and destructionThe Other Lands is a transitory novel On the one hand Corinn makes claim to follow through with some of her brother Aliver s wishes but in truth become a tyrant whose lies and subterfuge are as great as any of her ancestors While there is a perceived sense of change in leadership and governance is in truth of the same tyranny thatxisted before On the other hand the war of the previous volume and Aliver s actions have allowed the cunning League of Ships to set into action and chain of vents that will change things forever As the various main characters work through what has happened to them in the past ach ither begins to affirm who they believed they are or begin to forge a new destinyDariel is perhaps the greatest xample of this The guilt of his final actions in the war rests heavy on his shoulders He is pushed to contemplation and introspection where as pirate he has been prone to action He is confronted with conseuences with his actions when Sire Neen a leader in the League reminds him that the League platforms he destroyed not only contained League members but their families and the uota slaves as well Later Dariel is captured by individuals looking in xact vengeance on his family for the uota trade a levy of child slaves given over to the League who traded them to Lothun Aklun who traded them in to their clients all for a drug called mist that kept the population of the Akaran mpire docile and is again brought face to face with the past actions of his family This time ho. Are being drawn A few years have passed since ueen Corinn has usurped control of the Known World and she now rules with an iron fist With plans to Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation expand hermpire she sends her brother Dariel on an Gender Justice exploratory mission across the sea to The Other Lan.