Prince of Malorn

Prince of Malorn
Book III in the Annals of Alasia
by Annie Douglass Lima

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?

Read "interviews" with characters from In the Enemy's Service (and feel free to leave comments or ask them additional questions!):

Ernth (one of the Mountain Folk)
Lantil (coffee farmer in the foothills of the Impassables)
Jeskie (eleven-year-old street urchin)
Trayven (ex-palace servant)
Sanjik (palace guard)
Aleris (queen of Malorn)
Arden (a minstrel)
Korram (Prince of Malorn)
Reviews for Prince of Malorn:

"I just read the prologue and I must say when I read the beginning, I thought oh no, here we go again, another slow start just feeding the reader with information and creating the world. But then you shocked my reading senses and suddenly I was caught up in the scene... You sure know how to deliver a closing hook in a prologue. Compelling. Nicely done."

"By the time I'd read the first couple of chapters, I knew this book would be in my Top 10 for 2014 reads. By the time I was 1/3 of the way through, it had jumped to #1. I've finished it now, and I'll just say it's gonna be hard to beat. I. LOVED. this book!  I'd call this literary fiction in the fantasy genre in a camp with Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" series--particularly, "Taran Wanderer" (which was my favorite of the series). It's deep, complex, and yet very easy to read ....  Prince Korram (goes through) an adventure that is really three novels in one: man vs. society, man vs. nature, and man vs. man. Literature teachers could have a heyday with this one .... I stayed up too late on many nights because I wanted to be sure things worked out .... I loved the different points of view used in the story, and the way that it overlapped with Prince of Alasia (first book in series Annals of Alasia). Lima always chose the most intriguing angle to "view" each scene.  She 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!"
-Mrs. G.

"This book was a wonderful survival story, full of very realistic details about life in the wild. I also especially liked the way the author dealt with the cultural differences between various groups. The way each character thought and behaved was completely believable in the context of his or her cultural background.  If you like YA survival/adventure stories, give it a try."
-William Woodall

"This book on its own is definitely an exciting read, but I also liked the character development and story connections between this book and those that were previously released. It makes me want to read "Prince of Alasia" and "In the Enemy's Service" again! For me, the characters have come alive, and though they are fictional, I can't help wishing that it was actually possible to meet them. I would definitely recommend that other readers buy this book and enter into the worlds of Malorn and Alasia."

"All three of the Annals of Alasia books are fantastic! Prince of Malorn has action, suspense, adventure, tragedy, and humor.  Each story in this series is a stand-alone novel, but it is very fun to read all three and see different perspectives of the same story. The accuracy between the novels is amazing, and it's also incredible that one can read the same story three times and never have a dull moment- even when you think you know how things will be wrapped up!  Lima is a master of her craft, and I will be looking for anything and everything this author puts out there in the future. I highly suggest you do the same!"
-V. Howard

"The author does such a great job of telling the story from varying points of view. You simply can't help but love Korram. But you'll also love Ernth and Thel and many other characters. I even loved the horses. I look forward to reading the other books in the Annals of Alasia."
-Tamie Dearen

"This book has everything I love: lovely, concise prose, unique word pictures, and highly developed characters as well as epic adventure and absolutely superb world-building. My favorite element is the meeting of these two very distinctive cultures. The Mountain Folk are nomadic, family-oriented, and dependent on the land and their goats for survival. The Lowlanders are a more traditional medieval kingdom. Their meeting brings about some well-thought-out and often funny results. But it also shows humanity at its finest, when relationships can be formed despite differences.  I did not learn this is the third book in the series until I was halfway done. The other two are interrelated, but they can be read independently with no problem. I loved the lands of Malorn and Alasia so much that I purchased books one and two and signed up for email notification for when book four comes out. Prince of Malorn earns my highest recommendation!"


YoungLlamaReader said...

Book Review by The Young Llama Reader from

Ok, I loved Annie Lima's slave series sooooooooo much, that I went and bought a book from her other series, Annals of Alasia!!! (It's a series about these two kingdoms in the middle of a war. There are 5 books, but you can read them in ANY ORDER!!!! How cool is that!?!?!)
This is the 3rd book, and it is about a prince who is trying to win back his kingdom, but the evil Regent Rampus is plotting to kill him. So, he decides he will recruit an army from the Mountain Folk, who are peope who live in the mountain and want nothing to do with the "Lowlanders".
The book is amazing! And I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a very clean book for both girls and boys, but a lot of people die....cause it is a battle ya' know... (I say this book is 9 and up, but younger kids could read it if there parents say it's ok.... I really don't know...)
Over all, LOVED IT!!!! And I highly suggest it to ALL! If you love medieval-timelines, awesome battles, and daring adventures this is the book for you. -The Young Llama Reader.

Annie Douglass Lima said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed Prince of Malorn!!