Review: In the Enemy’s Service



Read from April 19 to 24, 2016 — I own a copy
Synopsis: When the Malornian army invaded Alasia and Prince Jaymin was forced to flee for his life, what happened to those left behind? In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of ten-year-old Anya, imprisoned among other survivors and forced to work for the occupying troops. While pretending to follow orders and serve diligently in the palace, Anya discovers ingenious ways to spy on enemy officers and slip valuable information to the Alasian resistance.

But as she helps to craft plans that may eventually free Alasia, Anya accidentally uncovers a disturbing reference to her own family. Her fears are strengthened when she is confronted by a mysterious Malornian who seems somehow to know the truth behind the role she has been playing. Holding her life in his hands with that knowledge, he claims to bear information implicating her father in the betrayal that led to the Invasion itself.

Bookish Things: 327 pages. The cover is in the same style as the others in the Annals of Alasia. Other books include:

Prince of Alasia
Prince of Malorn

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.89 or paperback for $12.95

My Review: 

Covering the same timeframe as Prince of Alasia, this story shows the reader how those left in the castle deal with the Malornian invasion and the evil Regent while the young Prince Jaymin remains hidden in the small country towns around Alasia.

If you’ve read Prince of Alasia, you know how that ends, and it ties in with this story well. It also leads quite nicely into the third book Prince of Malorn, which I haven’t read yet, but I plan to in the future.

The protagonist in this book is a young girl, a commoner, and someone who is very wholesome and virginal. But she’s not this shining beacon of all things women should be, Annie hasn’t written her that way and for me, it worked brilliantly. She’s a plucky young girl who shows great strength, cunning and nous. She gets things wrong, but she works hard to fix them and to do the best she can given her circumstances. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about a solid female character who wasn’t a ditz and not an amazing amazon-like woman either. Anya read like a real little girl thrown into an amazingly difficult situation.

The supporting cast are wide and varied, including people from both sides of the invasion. I liked the character arcs for a number of them, and that while the Prince was a key point in the story, he didn’t really feature as a character.

Full of spying, plotting and counter-plotting, In the Enemy’s Service is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure young adult read. I feel it would be suitable for most children, with only a few minor instances of violence.

2 thoughts on “Review: In the Enemy’s Service

  1. Pingback: Review: Prince of Malorn – coffee2words

  2. Thanks so much for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed In the Enemy’s Service, and I hope your readers do too!

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