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Reviewed by Emilija Ryks for Readers' Favorite
In Prince of Malorn by Annie Douglass Lima, we meet Korram, the Crown Prince and heir to the throne of Malorn since his father’s unfortunate and sudden passing many years previously. All is not right in the land, though, since Korram is playing a diplomatic game with the Regent of watching his back while trying to appear civil and unsuspecting. He and his advisers and family are convinced that Regent Rampus is going to have Korram conveniently removed before he turns 18. Korram goes off to the mountains to try to recruit an army from among the nomadic mountain folk that live there. His quest is not going to be easy since there are hundreds of years of distrust between the lowlanders and the mountain folk to be overcome. Korram must be accepted by them before he is even allowed to address them. In the meantime, Rampus is growing in favor with the nobles and the people of Malorn.
I loved Prince of Malorn by Annie Douglass Lima; it is on the long side but it’s such a page turner that I didn’t notice the pages flip by. The characters are engaging and individual. I like that they are not described as perfect from the start and they do make mistakes and have emotional responses. The landscape and culture were beautifully written to let you really visualize what it would all look like. My favorite aspect is that there are multiple possible outcomes that could happen. However, I had to wait to see how it would all play out. The entire story presents as something that really could happen somewhere out there in a rich world within a reasonable amount of time. Annie Douglass Lima has created a beautiful and engaging world that I hope to revisit again soon. I really loved this book.