THE ANNALS OF ALASIA
Prince of Alasia
Annals of Alasia Book 1
Twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin, heir to the throne of Alasia, barely escapes with his life when invaders from neighboring Malorn attack. Accompanied by his young bodyguard, Jaymin flees to a nearby town to live in hiding. There, surrounded by the enemy soldiers searching for the missing prince, his life depends on his ability to maintain his disguise.
As the danger intensifies and the Malornians’ 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.
Prince of Alasia is the first book in the Annals of Alasia, but the first four books in the series can be read in any order, and each of them can stand on its own.
"I highly recommend this series for its clean, crisp prose, fabulous story, and the totally unique three-way perspective … A job well done."
-Michelle Isenhoff, author of Recompense
"I enjoyed reading this action-packed adventure. It is just the kind of story that would appeal to middle grade young people …. In addition to the creation of believable circumstances, the author writes warm three-dimensional characters with dialogue that fits the historical context yet easy for a young reader to be comfortable with."
"Ms. Lima gets friendship just right in this story of loyalty and betrayal. A straightforward and detail-oriented writing style puts you in each scene with the main characters … Would make a great family or classroom read-aloud."
-Cynthia L. Port, author of Kibble Talk
In the Enemy's Service
Annals of Alasia Book 2
Enslaved when invaders take over Alasia, ten-year-old Anya discovers ways to spy on the enemy and slip information to the resistance. But then she uncovers a disturbing reference to her own family and is confronted by a stranger who seems to know her secrets. Holding her life in his hands, he claims to have proof that Anya’s father was involved in the betrayal that led to the Invasion itself. Can Anya help save her kingdom without putting her father in danger … and can she learn the truth about what happened before it’s too late?
In the Enemy's Service is the second book in the Annals of Alasia, but the first four books in the series can be read in any order, and each of them can stand on its own.
"Exciting new middle grade fantasy …. Even though this is the second book in a great action/adventure fantasy series, you don't need to read them in order, because each book stands alone. Usually that is not the case with books in a series. I think kids in grade 5 and up will enjoy reading this book. Even adults will enjoy it."
"The author has a way of presenting the story so that it is simple enough for a middle-grader to understand, but complex enough for an adult to enjoy. She does a great job of painting picture in your mind as the plot unfolds … If you enjoy fantasy with swords, drama, action, and intrigue, you'll love this book!"
-Tamie Dearen, author of Alora
"This book has suspense, drama, mystery, espionage, intrigue…everything that makes for a good story. The writing was so well done that you can lose yourself in the time period and forget you are just sitting on your couch staring at a screen. Talented author, would definitely recommend any of her books and would love to read more from her in the future!"
-Valerie Howard, author of Avalon
Prince of Malorn
Annals of Alasia Book 3
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?
Prince of Malorn is the third book in the Annals of Alasia, but the first four books in the series can be read in any order, and each of them can stand on its own.
"This book kept me up all night because I wanted to see how it ended. Annie's writing style is smooth and flowing, and lets the story come to the fore so that there's nothing distracting to get in the way of enjoying the characters and their adventures."
-Krystine Kercher, author of Legends of Astarkand
"I'd call this literary fiction in the fantasy genre in a camp with Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" series … It's deep, complex, and yet very easy to read … [Lima] has created a believable and rich world. She has a gift for seeing things through the eyes of her diverse characters, and she brings you into Malorn and the daunting Impassables mountain range, or into the heat of battle in a way that you feel the biting cold, hear the goats bleating, taste the lumjum root, and jerk away from a falling sword. It's a long book, but it's worth the journey. It's a spectacular book!"
-Lia London, author of The Gypsy Pearl
"Annie Douglass Lima is a storytelling enchantress. She builds an incredibly realistic world of fantasy and adventure. If you love fantasy or good literature you should definitely pick up Prince of Malorn and the rest of the Annals of Alasia series."
-David Glenn, author of The Myths of Dymos
Cover art by Savannah Jezowski
The Nameless Soldier
Annals of Alasia Book 4
Nineteen-year-old Tarvic bears the name of a mighty hero from Alasia’s past. However, the young soldier feels anything but heroic when he regains consciousness to find himself the lone survivor of a brutal attack by invaders from the neighboring kingdom.
Forced to leave his identity behind, Tarvic is thrust into civilian life in the role of protector to three war orphans. When the four of them encounter a mysterious stranger, he must choose between keeping the young girls safe and taking on a mission that could help free his kingdom. Can Tarvic live up to his noble name and find a way to balance his duty and his dreams?
The Nameless Soldier is the fourth book in the Annals of Alasia, but the first four books in the series can be read in any order, and each of them can stand on its own.
"The plot is full of surprises with many satisfying moments. It's almost impossible to put this story down! And near the end is one of the most beautiful lines of prose I've ever read which fits the title perfectly. This story brought tears to my eyes in more than one place. I highly recommend it, and it's not necessary to have read any of the previous books to enjoy the story."
-Katy Huth Jones, author of Mercy's Prince
"I'm really impressed with Annie Douglass Lima's professional level writing. With her descriptions in just the first few pages, she creates a vivid image of the characters, the action, and the setting. This is a fairly quick read, but packed with great characterization and exciting plot."
-Linda Covella, author of Cryptogram Chaos
"I am so thrilled to have another installment in the Annals of Alasia series…. Lima masterfully carries us through a young man's passage from battle trauma, through survivor's guilt and shame, to purpose and promise. There are so many moments when either the pain or the healing is so perfectly depicted that I felt my heart sink or lift as the occasion demanded…. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful writing."
– Lia London, author of The Gypsy Pearl
Cover art by Jack Lin and Sayaka Yamaguchi
King of Malorn
Annals of Alasia Book 5
Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.
Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King Korram.Hoping to lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for as long as she can remember.
But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it – before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?
"Annie Douglass Lima has penned another great adventure that will keep the reader turning the pages. This is more than your typical running away from danger tale. It's a heart tugging action adventure story that will spin the reader into a world of dark secrets, crafty villains, turn-coat friends and heart wrenching tears of love and loss. Once the adventure begins, you'll be swept into a fantastic story that will tug at one's heart nearly on every page."
"Nail-biting tension kept me reading late into the night as the escaping royal family faces danger from all directions. The author springs surprises right up to the final chapter and several love stories keep us interested. This new episode is a welcome addition to the series and I recommend it highly."
"Rich worldbuilding and strong characters help drive the story, as do exciting twists and surprising revelations. The story is one of redemption and forgiveness, with a strong dose of action and a splash of romance. … King of Malorn is a well-written fun fantasy that's appropriate for middle grade but entertaining for adults as well."
-Evelyn Puerto, author of Read Me Before You Write
Cover art by Lara Wynter
In the Double Agent's Service
Annals of Alasia Book 6
Erik would give his life to protect King Jaymin. However, when an old enemy shows up with new schemes, that may not be enough.
Anya longs to be noticed by the king’s handsome bodyguard. But as she finally gains Erik’s attention, the notorious spy and double agent Dannel blackmails her into fulfilling a favor she has owed him for years. Anya is forced into a terrible choice: save Erik’s life, or protect her homeland.
Can Erik and Anya thwart an assassin and prevent a war before Dannel destroys everything that matters to them and to the kingdom?
"In the Double Agent's Service is one of my favorite books. It has all the elements of adventure, romance, and intrigue that you could want…. There were many moments while reading when I wanted to scream with excitement."
-Sabrina Gulliver, author of Runaway from Khoeli
"This kept me up too late at night! Read every book in this series– you won't regret a moment of it!"
-Valerie Howard, author of 1,000 Strong Verbs for Fiction Writers
"I recommend it to anyone who loves heroes, honor, intrigue, adventure, sweet romance, and laugh-out-loud humor, all in a family friendly book."
-M.L. Farb, author of The King's Trial
Cover art by Valerie Howard
Annals of Alasia: The Collected Interviews
“I never thought I’d have to dress in rags or sleep on the floor. But hiding my identity as the Prince of Alasia is better than being killed.”
“Information? Manipulation? Assassination? I have lots of talents! How can I help you?”
“They said it wouldn’t hurt anything. They said no harm would come of it. They said my troubles would be over the moment I did them that one tiny favor. What other choice was I supposed to make after everything started going wrong?”
An orphaned prince desperate to keep his identity a secret. A double agent happy to offer a variety of services … for a price. A well-meaning merchant who may have just caused the biggest disaster in his kingdom’s history. Meet the citizens of Alasia and Malorn and prepare to be drawn into a tangled web of war and intrigue.
This collection of twenty-four character interviews is designed to complement the first three books in the Annals of Alasia but can also be enjoyed on its own.