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The Other Lands: Book Two of the Acacia Trilogy | [David Anthony Durham]

The Other Lands: Book Two of the Acacia Trilogy

A few years have passed since the conquering of the Mein, and Queen Corinn is firmly in control of the Known World---perhaps too firmly. With plans to expand her empire, she sends her brother, Daniel, on an exploratory mission to the Other Lands. There Daniel discovers a lush, exotic mainland ruled by an alliance of tribes that poses a grave danger to the stability of the Known World. Is Queen Corinn strong enough to face this new challenge?
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A few years have passed since the conquering of the Mein, and Queen Corinn is firmly in control of the Known World---perhaps too firmly. With plans to expand her empire, she sends her brother, Daniel, on an exploratory mission to the Other Lands. There Daniel discovers a lush, exotic mainland ruled by an alliance of tribes that poses a grave danger to the stability of the Known World. Is Queen Corinn strong enough to face this new challenge? Fans of this bold, imaginative series will not be disappointed in the answer.

©2009 David Anthony Durham; (P)2009 Tantor

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    George Mobile, AL, United States 11-21-09
    George Mobile, AL, United States 11-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Origins"

    I enjoyed this as much as the first volume. The preface was excellent is summarizing the story to the point where part two begins. This book explained the origins for the conflicts to come in part three. These books are a great mixture of fantasy, fiction and morality.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 06-15-12
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2003

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Too Many Plot Holes"

    Similar to first book in moving point of view across dozens of characters - almost always at some kind of critical point for that character (very irritating). The interesting part of this 2nd book is that it lays down more of the total picture/history of the world. The disappointing part was that there were issues with the plot - the Other Lands are populated by race that is sustained on souls and is supported by a slave quota of children that's said to be in the thousands sent by the "known world." Problem is these slaves can't reproduce and yet you get the impression there are millions of them in the Other Lands... can't get from a few thousand kids a year to millions with people who can't reproduce in a normal lifespan.

    I found it frustrating that as the books have continued, the creatures are getting out of proportion to the rest of the environment. I can only guess to emphasize the point that the upcoming war will be hopeless for the people outside the Other Lands. It's now to the point that creatures of dinosaur size apparently exist alongside everything else - why?. Human-type races range from normal size to 8 foot - why? Would be more enjoyable if the created world had had a little editing applied.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rodney gabriel medford, ma 02155 06-30-12
    rodney gabriel medford, ma 02155 06-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Best in the In Fantasy, A++++, Grity realism!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Lands to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would amazing story tellers, loved his voice, Dick Hill was made for this business


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Great Characters, amazing writing by David Anthony Durham, Cliff hanger after Cliff hanger. Story is original. Political, intrigue, Sorcery, betrayal, and Romance! It is right up there withe A Song of Ice and Fire, Book of Malazan,a nd the kingKiller Chronnicles; better than the latter two and on equal part with George RR Martins book. In fact this book is a George RR Recommendation on his must reads! I'm glad He was write, I am now buy everything David Anthony Durham Writes.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick hill is now one of my favorite Audio readers, he did just a great job on this as he did in pride of Carthage


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The betrayal of the Numerech


    Any additional comments?

    Please get this book, read it or borrow it, if you claim to be a true fan of this Genre

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Cheney 08-24-10
    Lori Cheney 08-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Hooked on Acacia"

    I absolutely loved the first book in the Trilogy, Acacia, and the characters and the bizarre circumstances and events and the courage and the complexity and the bizarre scentiened species -- it is a tale to fill your mind with new imaginations and wonders! The plot brews and characters live and die,... can't wait for the next one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John saint paul, MN, United States 01-06-10
    John saint paul, MN, United States 01-06-10 Member Since 2004
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    "i liked the first book, but...."

    this one seems to drag on and on... the characters lost their flavor right away in this book. the narration was fair but the book just didnt meet expectations. this book was a waste of a audible credit my opinion.

    jmncoda

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth wellesley, MA, United States 11-27-11
    elizabeth wellesley, MA, United States 11-27-11
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    "Good series, poorly directed reading"

    I'm a fan of the Acacia trilogy but these audio books with Dick Hill reading them drives me nuts. While a great performer, Hill's reading style is inappropriate for the Durham's audience, his intonation, style, and sense of drama aimed more towards a child's ear than an adult. Much of the story is voiced with unnecessary exaggeration and he really overdoes it to a frustrating degree. Great story, poorly chosen reading approach.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mike cochran 03-24-11 Member Since 2012
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    "I just can't get over the narrator!"

    I read the first book the old fashioned way. So as I've gotten more intrigued by audiobooks and found that most of the series I've been reading transfer over quite well, I was excited at another chance to convert my commute into tackling another long fantasy novel.


    However... Dick Hill's narration makes it VERY hard for me to keep listening. I've taken month long stops twice now, but I think I'll be able to make it through this time. His affectations and accents, while intending to add spice and intrigue to the story I'm sure, often have me rewinding time and again to fight through the slobbering tones and ear piercing screeches to figure out what he's saying. It's not even that he's from the commonwealth somewhere, 85% of the time when he's just reading I have no problems, but when he "speaks" in a character's voice... He's accents for children and blue collar workers are the hardest for me to get through.


    Anyway, the story is intriguing enough, I've been enjoying the actual substance of it, but when the next book in the series comes out, I'm switching back to paper.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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