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