Win an autographed copy of David Anthony Durham's ACACIA

Hi there,

I have three signed copies of David Anthony Durham's Acacia: The War with the Mein up for grabs, compliments of Doubleday. For more info about this title: Canada, USA, Europe.

Durham is the acclaimed historical novelist who wrote Pride of Carthage. A fan of the genre, he has decided to turn his talent toward creating an epic fantasy trilogy. Acacia: The War with the Mein has been well-received thus far, and some of my fellow online reviewers opine that it could be crowned the debut of the year, ahead of Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind. Prior commitments prevent me from reading this book immediately, but I'm eager to find out what the buzz is all about!

The rules are the same as usual. First off, you need to send an email at reviews@(no-spam)gryphonwood.net with the header "ACACIA." Remember to remove the "no spam" thingy.

Second, your email must contain your full mailing address (that's snail mail!), otherwise your message will be deleted.

Lastly, multiple entries will disqualify whoever sends them. And please include your screen name and the message boards that you frequent using it, if you do hang out on a particular MB.

Good luck to all the participants!

3 commentaires:

Sean T. M. Stiennon said...

Uh...well, it ain't exactly a debut, given that Durham is an established author.

Aidan said...

Whoever gets their hands on this is a lucky person indeed! As I mentioned in the comments of another post, Acacia is the only book so far to have come close to matching Pat Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind as the debut of the year.

I suppose that Sean's correct by saying that it isn't Durham's debut novel... but it is his debut fantasy novel. His experience with historical fiction really shows and strengthens the experience of Acacia.

I'll be putting up a full review at my own blog some time over the next couple of days.

~Aidan
A Dribble of Ink

Anonymous said...

Well, glad to see that I already got it free...because I wouldn't have payed for it.

I shudder to think how high the standard of fantasy can be, when this mess of a book can be considered one of the best debuts of this year.

What's the best part? The large amount of infodumping? The high amount of telling instead of showing? How about the horrid character development? Let's not forget the oh so wonderful plot twists that are only believable if you are lacking a brain.

The character description is by far the worst part, as I had no clue what any of the characters looked like...well besides their hair.

This book had far too many problems to be considered anything other than 'all right'. Certainly not the best of the year, unless of course the selection this year isn't all that good.