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The Other Lands (The War with the Mein) Paperback – 22 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (22 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385614497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385614498
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Anthony Durham is the author of five novels: The Other Lands, Acacia (John W Campbell Award Winner, Finalist for the Prix Imaginales), Pride of Carthage (Finalist for 2006 Legacy Award), Walk Through Darkness (NY Times Notable Book) and Gabriel's Story (NY Times Notable Book, 2002 Legacy Award). His work has been published in the UK and in French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Three of his novels have been optioned for development as feature films.

He has published short stories is several anthologies, has reviewed for The Washington Post, The Raleigh News & Observer, and has served as a judge for the Pen/Faulkner Awards. David received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. He has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Massachusetts, The Colorado College, for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Cal State University, for the Stonecoast MFA Program and at Hampshire College. He lives in Shutesbury, MA.

He has a series of stories in the forthcoming Wild Cards novel, Fort Freak, edited by George RR Martin, and the third volume of the Acacia trilogy is scheduled for US publication late in 2011.

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Intelligent, exciting fantasy storytelling from this acclaimed historical novelist

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The apocalyptic struggle against the conquering Mein has ended and a victorious Corinn Akaran reigns over the Acacian Empire of the Known World. And, bolstered by her growing mastery of the sorcerous powers contained in the Song of Elenet, she rules with an iron hand.

But rebuilding a war-weary empire is not easy. Disturbing news reaches the Acacian court from the mysterious Other Lands and Corinn dispatches her brother, Dariel, across the uncharted seas of the Gray Slopes as her emissary. From the moment he sets foot on that distant continent, this former brigand is caught up in a web of ancient rivalries, resentments, intrigue and burgeoning treachery. His arrival ignites a firestorm that threatens the Known World with invasion once more - an invasion that will surely dwarf anything his homeland has yet faced.

So the wheel turns again, and a new cycle of world-shattering and -shaping events begins . . .

In this dazzling sequel to Acacia: The War with the Mein, David Anthony Durham's singular imaginative vision continues to expand the Known World and confirms his place as a new master of epic fantasy.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2009
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What I love about David's work is not only his careful character creation but also his efforts on world building including cracking magic systems, careful political scenarios and also looking at everything from religion to the creature inhabitants. So it was a bit of a shock that I felt a little let down with this book.

Don't get me wrong its still a strong offering but when you compare it against his previous outings. especially after Accacia: The War with the Mein it really didn't hit the spot. What perhaps was my key gripe was the characters, I just didn't like them as much as I had the originals which made this novel a bit of a stretch to stick with at some points. Add to the mix a story that felt like it over complicated itself and didn't devote as much time to the main arc as it should have done and I wonder if he's tried to squeeze too much into this one book.

It's a shame and had this been a new authors offering it would definitely bode well for their future as it is a good offering and allows the reader to explore new lands and peoples within. But for an author with the reputation that he has perhaps David would have been better re-examining the tale and then split it into separate components allowing for two books instead of just the one. It may all come good in the next book and explain why it needed to feel so rushed but for now, I was a little disappointed.
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