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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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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Finally, read on for an exciting preview of The Student and The Slave:
In this excerpt, Bensin accidentally ends up in the middle of a fight he knows nothing about.
A figure ran past Bensin, two more guys in hot pursuit. Bensin flattened himself against a doorway, but one of the pursuers saw him and spun around. “Hey! Trying to hide there?”
“No!” Instinctively, Bensin shifted his weight and raised his arms, bracing himself for defense.
The man was burly, long blond hair twisted into dreadlocks that gleamed with the silver threads that were a Tarnestran fashion. The streetlights reflected off his long knife, and as he stepped forward, Bensin’s instincts took over. Lunging to grab the man’s knife arm, he wrenched with all his strength, twisting until the weapon clattered to the ground. The man kicked and punched, but though he was obviously used to street fighting, he hadn’t been trained in martial arts as Bensin had. It was simple to block his attempts and send him staggering backward with a hard front kick to the stomach.
Bensin was ready to flee, but now another man leaped at him, knife extended. Wishing he had on his combat boots, Bensin swung his foot out in a high roundhouse kick to the wrist. His sneaker served well enough. The man swore as his knife went flying.
More people were closing in now from every direction. Bensin shoved, dodged, and threw just enough punches and kicks to clear his way. Another gunshot resounded somewhere close by, but then he was free, sprinting down the street and around the nearest corner. He could hear the distant wail of approaching sirens as he turned corner after corner, anxious to lose any possible pursuers.
But nobody seemed to be pursuing him anymore, and finally he slowed to a walk. His heart was still pounding, more from alarm than the exertion. What’s going on back there? Had he happened upon some sort of battle between street gangs? Until now, this part of town had seemed peaceful and safe.