David Anthony Durham: Acacia trilogien

Jeg er just faldet over en fantasy- og science fictionforfatter ved navn David Anthony Durham. David Anthony Durham står bag en serie af fantasy bøger, der går under navnet Acacia trilogien. Jeg ved ikke, hvorfor jeg ikke er faldet over ham før, for han er faktisk oversat til mange sprog, og et filmselskab ved navn Relativity Media har ifølge Wikipedia købt rettighederne til Acacia trilogien. Nå, men hvorom alting er, så lyder det faktisk som en rigtig spændende trilogi, så den tror jeg bestemt, jeg vil læse, når jeg får tid.

Acacia trilogien omfatter følgende titler
Acacia: The War with the Mein (2007)
Acacia: The Other Lands (2009)
Acacia: The Sacred Band (2011)

Og her er Wikipedias resume:

Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, has inherited generations of apparent peace and prosperity, won ages ago by his ancestors. A widower of high intelligence, he presides over an empire called Acacia, after the idyllic island from which he rules. He dotes on his four children and hides from them the dark realities of traffic in drugs and human lives on which their prosperity depends. He hopes that he might change this, but powerful forces stand in his way. A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan in the heart of Acacia while other enemies unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to their separate destiny. His children begin a quest to avenge their father’s death and restore the Acacian empire–this time on the basis of universal freedom.
The novel is notable for the complexity of Durham’s imagined world, one in which political, economic, mythological and morally ambiguous forces all influence the fates of the ethnically and culturally diverse population. In some ways the novel uses familiar fantasy frameworks, but over the course of the novel many fantasy tropes are overturned or skewed in surprising ways. It is a fairly self-contained tale, but the author is at work on more volumes set in this world.

Dave Brendons fantasy blog kan man læse en rigtig positiv anmeldelse af serien, som får karakteren 9 ud af 10. Det lyder alt i alt ganske lovende i mine ører. Ikke mindst fordi det efterhånden er ved at være et stykke tid siden, at jeg sidst læste sådan en rigtig klassisk high fantasy bog, men mon ikke David Anthony Durhams Acacia trilogi kan råde bod på det? Jeg tror i hvert fald, jeg vil forsøge! Man skal jo have sit fix i ny og næ.

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