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:
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?
Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t 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!
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 Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … 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 … and live with the consequences?
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In this excerpt, Bensin, needing desperately to earn more money, hesitates on the edge of a decision he knows he may regret.
After the martial arts lesson was over for the night, Bensin ventured to approach Axel about the subject of a job. The gang leader looked around, exchanging meaningful glances with some of the others, before he replied.
“We’d been thinking of talking to you about that, actually. Now and then we do have opportunities where you could make money — a lot more money than from these lessons. As a matter of fact, we’ve got a job to do tonight. You want to make a few more hundred imps?”
Bensin hesitated. A lot of the time, he could almost forget that his friends were in a gang. He had never seen them do anything illegal, apart from the unnamed substances some of them swallowed or smoked now and then. They never even talked about illegal activities, at least, not in front of him. They did sometimes talk about the Corner Creepers, cursing as they discussed the things they’d like to do to them, sometimes in graphic detail. And now and then they would let a remark slip that made him think they had encountered their rivals recently and used some of the moves he’d been teaching them. Occasionally, some of them would show up with fresh bruises or limps, or Bensin would see a bandage poking out from under a sleeve. A couple of times, Deiv had called and asked if Bensin could switch their next lesson to a different day, or hold it earlier in the evening, because they had something else going on. And now and then they ended the night’s hangout time early, telling him there was some place they all needed to be. But they never talked about any gang activity directly. Bensin didn’t ask questions, and they didn’t tell or pressure him in any way or even suggest he join them. Not that he had ever wanted to.
But he needed the money, now more than ever.
“What kind of job?” he asked.
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 students’ 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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Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon
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