Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima

The Collar and the Cavvarach
by Annie Douglass Lima

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Annie Douglass Lima
Publication Date: May 9, 2015
Genre: Dystopian | YA | Abuse
Print Length: 306 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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?

The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima

The Collar and the CavvarachWho doesn’t like a young hero who can deal with what life has given him and learns to work within its confines? Step inside a world set in contemporary times, a world where slavery exists and to own a slave or two is not uncommon, because to the winners go the spoils. Be prepared to meet Bensin, a young teen with the weight of a promise on his shoulders and the commitment to see it through, no matter the cost to himself. Follow his story as he touches the lives of the free and the “collars” and anyone who reads this tale.

Annie Douglass Lima has created a world that thinks it is humane to its slaves, where one boy beats all odds as a champion and his younger sister’s protector. The Collar and the Cavvarach is a brilliantly told young adult tale that will appeal to all ages.

All Bensin wants is to free his sister from slavery, but the cost is far beyond anything he will every earn, unless his new owner, a martial arts instructor and coach can find that magic zone that Bensin must enter to win the all- important Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament that will earn him a portion of the prize money, as well. Meanwhile, Bensin will attempt all he can to find freedom from the brutality his young sister could face as a female slave. From his unlikely friendship with an officer of the Krillonian police to his almost brotherly relationship with his new owner, Bensin’s honor as a man will astound you, even as he sometimes runs afoul of both the law and the trust of his owner.

Bensin will come of age in a tale that will rivet you to each page, cheer him on and feel your heart breaking for a boy who tries to stand against the world out of love.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough nor give enough praise to Annie Douglass Lima’s talent as a writer and storyteller. This is a well-written tale with a powerful message within, as well as a cast of characters that are easy to both respect and despise. Looking for a tale appropriate for ALL ages? One that provides a hero with heart? This is it!

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Thank you for taking the time to read The Collar and the Cavvarach, and to write such a glowing review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!