As the search intensifies and his enemy’s suspicions grow, Jaymin seeks desperately for a way to save his kingdom and himself. Then he stumbles upon a startling discovery that will challenge his assumptions and forever change his view of Malorn and the events that altered his life.
Twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin, heir to the throne of Alasia, barely escapes with his life when invaders from neighboring Malorn attack. Accompanied by Erik, his young bodyguard and friend, Jaymin flees to a nearby town to live in hiding. There, coming face to face with the hardships suffered by the poor, he determines to improve his people’s lives someday when he takes the throne, assuming he can reclaim his kingdom.In his struggle to retain his identity and yet blend in with children in the local school, Jaymin’s life depends on his ability to protect his secret from both enemy troops and unsuspecting townsfolk. Meanwhile, Erik must resort to his skills in unarmed combat to defend Jaymin against everyone from a gang of schoolyard bullies to the Malornians who regularly patrol the streets looking for trouble – and for the missing prince.
Review Posted on Amazon:
“I downloaded this book a couple of days ago and just blew through the pages! It is a simple and sweet story, but marvelously written. In the post-Harry Potter age, we are in need of great literature that appeals to both children and adults alike, and Annie Douglass Lima has hit it with Prince of Alasia. It is a page-turner full of believable characters and good moral values. It’s the first book I’ve read in a while that I really didn’t want to put down. Well done. Now we just have to wait for book two!”
YA action adventure/fantasy
When the Malornian army invaded Alasia and Prince Jaymin was forced to flee for his life, what happened to those left behind? In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of ten-year-old Anya, imprisoned among other survivors and forced to work for the occupying troops. While pretending to follow orders and serve diligently in the palace, Anya discovers ingenious ways to spy on enemy officers and slip valuable information to the Alasian resistance.But as she helps to craft plans that may eventually free Alasia, Anya accidentally uncovers a disturbing reference to her own family. Her fears are strengthened when she is confronted by a mysterious Malornian who seems somehow to know the truth behind the role she has been playing. Holding her life in his hands with that knowledge, he claims to bear information implicating her father in the betrayal that led to the Invasion itself.
Review Posted on Amazon:
This sequel to Prince of Alasia is just as entertaining as the first book. It’s a great read for middle school students and yet, as an adult, it held my attention. The invasion of Anya’s country while her father and brother are away, leave the main character defenseless when Malornian troops force her into service within the castle walls. Once there she finds refuge in the infirmary which enables her to spy for her prince in the hopes of helping to restore Prince Jaymin to his rightful throne. What secret does she uncover which enables her to go undetected as she keeps the enemy under surveillance? What part did her father play in the Malornian’s successful overthrow of Alasia? Will she be caught in the tangled web of lies she is weaving? Through all the destruction and annihilation, she learns what grace means, and the greatness of a young prince. This well-crafted adventure will keep you turning the page and sorry to say good bye to its characters when the tale comes to an end. I hope Ms. Lima has a trilogy in mind.
Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches 5th grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published four books (two YA action adventure/fantasy and two anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.