A more adult version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe this story revolves around four siblings of the royal family who are separated when their father is murdered. They grow up in separate worlds but unite once again to reclaim their rule. And much more.
Durham’s world is fully imagined and rich in detail. Each character has their own distinct story, goals, motivation, personality…The characters are each sympathetic in their own ways, though occasionally the urge to smack the oldest sister arises. The degree of detail is quite impressive. There is everything from plotting to betrayal to love to hate to ancient magic and mythology, among other things. I don’t know that I could come up with something so thought out.
Acacia is a three part series and the end of the first book seems to end, only for the second book to set up a whole new story picking up where the first left off with a surprising turn. The only complaint I really have from the series is the story gets so complicated that sometimes it’s hard to keep track (and sometimes has the feel of pushing too far).
I can’t wait for the next book; I hope I don’t have to wait too long.
On the upside, the first book is being made into a movie, expected for release in 2011.
(Also, random fact, Acacia is a type of tree and also means “everlasting.”)