Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard.
The series is set in an alternate world that is very much like our own, with just a few major differences. One is that slavery is legal there. Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil. It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with "have a rack"), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge. Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades. You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.
First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2:
Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach
Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?
Click here to read chapter 1 of The Collar and the Cavvarach.
Click here to read about life in the Krillonian Empire, where the series is set.
Book 2: The Gladiator and the Guard
Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didnât commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?
Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.
And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!
Book 3: The Student and the Slave
Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensinâs freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensinâs martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all â¦ at a cost.
Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones â¦ and live with the consequences?
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Melanie: Welcome, Annie! Iâm so glad you could join us!
Annie: Thank you! Iâm glad to be here!
Melanie: What inspired you to write The Student and the Slave?
Annie: Well, itâs book 3 in a trilogy, so my direct inspiration was the ending of book 2. I had left the characters in a tough situation and needed to get them out.
Melanie: What do you usually use when youâre writing? A computer? Paper and pen?
Annie: A computer, definitely. My favorite writing software is Scrivener. It allows for so many types and levels of organization!
Melanie: Tell us about one of your hobbies.
Annie: I have a fun new one, as of a few weeks ago: dragoning pictures! Unsplash gives me a new photograph for my desktop every day, and one of the first ones I got just looked like it needed a dragon in the sky. I searched online for a suitable picture of a flying dragon of the color I had in mind, did a little research to figure out how best to do what I wanted, and then put the two pictures together. Now I keep my eyes open all the time for pictures that look like theyâre lacking dragons, and I do my best to remedy that lack. Just for fun, hereâs one of my dragoned pictures.
Melanie: If time and money were not a concern, what one skill would you like to learn?
Annie: Hang gliding! Oh, or maybe cavvara shil â¦ as long as the fact that the martial art doesnât exist in this world isnât a concern either.
Melanie: What project are you working on now?
Annie: Iâm working on a final book in my Annals of Alasia fantasy series, called King of Malorn, which should be ready to publish in the next few months. Iâm also in the editing stage with Heartsong, a science fiction novel. I hope to have that one polished and ready for publication by summer.
Melanie: What inspired the cover for your The Student and the Slave?
Annie: The weapon you see is a cavvarach, an important symbol through all three books in the trilogy. The shield shape is an important symbol in book 3. It comes up in several scenes and represents freedom and protection.
Melanie: Thanks again for joining us and congratulations on your new book!
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 fifteen books (three YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her studentsâ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.
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