Prince of Malorn
Third book in the
Annals of Alasia
by Annie Douglass Lima
About the Book:
One major obstacle stands between seventeen-year-old Prince Korram and the throne that is his birthright: Regent Rampus. Temporary ruler of Malorn, Rampus has no intention of giving up his position when the crown prince comes of age – or of allowing the prince to live long enough to reach that age.
Desperate to build an army of his own to stand against the regent, Korram treks into the Impassable Mountains to try to recruit the one segment of Malornian society not under Rampus’s control. But can he lead a band of untrained hunters and gatherers to victory against the full might of the Malornian military? Or will they all be crushed by the grasping hand of the regent before the prince can claim his rightful throne?
A few months back, I had the privilege of reviewing the second book in the Annals of Alasia: In the Enemy's Service. I was so excited when Annie gave me the third book to review too. What's really neat about all three books is that they overlap and can be read in any order.
Prince of Malorn did not move as quickly as the second book did, but I enjoyed it more. If you like survival type stories and if you have an interest in anthropology, then this book will give you something to feast on. Even though it is fantasy, there are many things that made it feel real. Annie builds her characters and develops the people and places of her world.
I can tell that a lot of research has gone into her storytelling. Annie writes about survival in the wild and combat maneuvers in detail. I could really picture what she was describing. Little details weren't left out, like how the floor in a tavern was sticky under the shoes. These little tidbits help the reader live the story along with the characters.
This was a vividly interesting and enjoyable read. I recommend Prince of Malorn for children ages 11 and up, including adults.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Annie Douglass Lima
|Annie Douglass Lima|
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 fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published six books (three in the Annals of Alasia and three anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.
by Annie Douglass Lima