Hi guys! I’m honored to be a part of the blog tour for Annie Douglass Lima’s upcoming book: The Student and the Slave. I loved the first book in this series: The Collar and the Cavvarach. I didn’t find this series until recently, so I’ve just started the second one. But I have every faith that books two and three will be wonderful.
It’s a fantasy series that takes place in an alternate reality, similar to ours, but with enough differences to make you think: a very prominent system of slavery, for one. They also have this fascinating martial art sport known as cavvara shil, which plays a prominent part in the story. If that sounds at all intriguing (it is), then you definitely need to give this series a try! Here’s a bit about books one and two:
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?
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.
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?
Without further ado, here is an exclusive excerpt from her upcoming release:
In this excerpt, Steene meets some of his new colleagues and learns a little about the family he has been sold to.
A wiry Nelirian man with as much gray in his hair as black picked a spot across the long table from Steene. According to his collar tag, his name was Gerrard. “Steine, huh? I guess you’re my new roommate.” He looked as though he wasn’t sure what he thought of the idea.
“It’s Steene, actually.” Steene felt a flash of irritation at the guy at the auction house who couldn’t be bothered to get his name right. “So what do you do here?”
“I take care of the horses and work with Toby on his riding skills.”
“The second Jeet kid,” put in a woman whose collar declared her name to be Teri. “Probably the second biggest spoiled brat of the family, after Raymond, though that’s a tossup.”
“No, Kenny’s worse,” said someone else. “Have you ever had to clean up after those rodents of his when he lets them loose in the hallway? Try suggesting he keep them in their cages, and you’ll never see an angrier six-year-old.”
An argument broke out as the slaves around them debated which of the three brothers was the biggest jerk. But Gerrard just shrugged. “Toby’s got his faults, certainly, but he loves his horse. It’s hard to hate a kid who loves a good horse. Raymond, though — you’ll have an interesting time with him.” He chuckled.
“But he loves cavvara shil, right?” Nobody who loved a martial art could be too awful to work with.
“Yeah, I guess.” Gerrard shrugged. “But you’ll see what I mean soon enough.”
Click here to order The Student and the Slave from Amazon for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through November 31st!
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.
Connect with the Author Online:
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon