From Durham’s blog:

It’s about Acacia 3…

Yesterday was my deadline for submitting the finished manuscript to my editor. It’s now fair for you to ask me if… I… actually… finished… the… damn… thing…

My answer…



I also can’t say for certain that this title will stick, but at the moment we’re calling the book…

The Sacred Band: Book Three of the Acacia Trilogy

Good news for fans of Durham’s Acacia trilogy. I’ve not read The Other Lands, but I very much enjoyed Acacia: The War with the Mein (REVIEW, pardon the newbieish of the writing) when it was first released and look forward to being able to finish reading the trilogy in a reasonable amount of time. Durham might not be as quick as Brandon Sanderson or Daniel Abraham, but it’s nice to see yet another Fantasy author who can write short(ish), contained series and deliver them in a reasonable amount of time.

In response to the news, Robert V.S. Redick, author of The River of Shadows, made some noise about Durham and his series:

If you haven’t read Acacia or The Other Lands (Books I & II respectively), you’ve got something special waiting for you. David writes with terrific flair, intelligence & generosity. His characters are complex & mercurial; heroes erode into villains; villains compete for our sympathies even when their actions make us cringe. The world they inhabit is fascinating and diverse. The books show just how much epic fantasy can accomplish, how resonant it can be with our own lives. I can’t wait for the final installment.

Almost all of which I agree with. If you’re a fan of George R.R. Martin or Guy Gavriel Kay, it’s hard not to recommend Durham’s trilogy. It’s good stuff.

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  • heartlessgamer January 23, 2011 at 4:52 am

    My problem with Acacia book 1 is with two parts. I don’t like the Numerek (spelling?) at all and they feel completely out of place. IMHO, they could be removed completely and a tighter story would exist.

    Secondly, I found it difficult to follow exactly what happened to each of the children and so much of the story is critical to what happened to them. Reading the synopsis in the front side of Other Lands explains it far clearer than book 1 does IMHO. I haven’t actually read book 2 yet, but its on my list.