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In the Enemy's Service (Annals of Alasia) by [Lima, Annie Douglass]
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"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."
-Christina Morley, abooksandmore.blogspot.com

About the Author

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 ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

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  • File Size: 4784 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Annie Douglass Lima (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084T6XF0
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I was pleasantly surprised by this engaging young adult novel. The young heroine, though only ten, is full of surprises, humor, and imagination. Middle-schoolers would most certainly love this story. It is involved, suspenseful, and definitely kept my attention. If you enjoy a good fantasy novel, complete with swords and treachery, this one has enough action, humor, and drama to supply many hours of reading entertainment. I have not read the 1st book in this fantasy series, but did not feel that it hindered my ability to follow the story at all. It can certainly stand on its own.
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I love how these three books tell the same basic story but from completely different characters. I read book three first, then two, then one. While Malorn and Alasia are still at war, this book shifts from royalty to an Alasian peasant girl stolen from her home and forced to work in the palace that Malorn has made its headquarters.

I highly recommend this series for its clean, crisp prose, fabulous story, and the totally unique three-way perspective. I judge these at about a fifth grade independent reading level, though they’d make excellent read-aloud adventures for second or third graders. The series never gave me incredibly high or low emotions, but it did deliver solid, steady entertainment. A job well done.
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I am proof that you don’t have to read these books in order. I started with number three, and I still haven’t read book one, Prince of Alasia, but I’m sure I will.
Let me just admit that I’m not a middle-grader, or a middle-grade teacher, or a middle-grade mom. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I did the Prince of Malorn. 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. I love that the central character is a “commoner”. You get to see how even an ordinary person with no special acclaim or position can be a hero simply by following their conscience.
If you enjoy fantasy with swords, drama, action, and intrigue, you’ll love this book!
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This companion book in the trilogy "Annals of Alasia" follows a young girl's point of view during the time of the Malornian invasion while the Prince of Alasia (book I) is fleeing for his life. The details of this fantasy world are rich, and Ms. Lima's writing style is seamless and has great depth. At first I wasn't drawn to the main character, Anya, as strongly as I was to Prince Jaymin's character in book I, but she really "grew on me" and by the end I loved her as much as the prince. I can't wait to read book III, which comes out in paperback soon!
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One little girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders, almost literally. Another excellent book by this author. My only wish was for more information, however, I would have gotten more of that if I had read the books in order! I started with book two then went back to book 1 which filled in some of the blanks for me. The books can actually be read in any order or separately as they all occur at the same time, however, you may find yourself wondering about a few things if you don't read book 1 first.

That said, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and wanted more when it was done. The characters were excellently developed and had me rooting for them along the way. Excellently written and a superb story-line.
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Covering the same time frame as Prince of Alasia, this story shows the reader how those left in the castle deal with the Malornian invasion and the evil Regent while the young Prince Jaymin remains hidden in the small country towns around Alasia.

If you've read Prince of Alasia, you know how that ends, and it ties in with this story well. It also leads quite nicely into the third book Prince of Malorn, which I haven't read yet, but I plan to in the future.

The protagonist in this book is a young girl, a commoner, and someone who is very wholesome and virginal. But she's not this shining beacon of all things women should be, Annie hasn't written her that way and for me, it worked brilliantly. She's a plucky young girl who shows great strength, cunning and nous. She gets things wrong, but she works hard to fix them and to do the best she can given her circumstances. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about a solid female character who wasn't a ditz and not an amazing amazon-like woman either. Anya read like a real little girl thrown into an amazingly difficult situation.

The supporting cast are wide and varied, including people from both sides of the invasion. I liked the character arcs for a number of them, and that while the Prince was a key point in the story, he didn't really feature as a character.

Full of spying, plotting and counter-plotting, In the Enemy's Service is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure young adult read. I feel it would be suitable for most children, with only a few minor instances of violence.
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I came to know Annie's first masterpiece, Prince of Alasia as part of my reading assignment. I was a bit skeptical at first, knowing it's intended for middle-school kids. Imagine my surprise to find myself enjoy it immensely! I'm glad to have learned that Annie also writes sequels to it. After reading In the Enemy's Service, I'm assured that the next books will be equally enjoyable and even better than the last. As for this book, even though the central character Anya is only a commoner in the realm of Alasia (but who knows that might change later), she does have an interesting story to tell. Were I in her shoes, I would wish to have as much quick wit and courage as she does. So grab a copy and expect to be enthralled by a fascinating story of Alasia.
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