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Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas #1)by Anita Valle

Synopsis:

Months later, the king returned home and presented his astonished queen with not one, but nine baby girls. “One from each kingdom I visited,” said the king. “They are orphans.” The queen wept joyously at the row of cradles, each bearing a sleeping infant. After bestowing a kiss on each child’s forehead she said, “Now they are princesses.”

Book 1: Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by the Red Fever. Suddenly she became a princess of Runa Realm, the first of nine orphans adopted by the king.

By her eighteenth year, Maelyn rules over Runa and a family of nine sisters. But some call the princesses frauds and imposters, a handful of urchins raised into royalty. Even Uncle Jarrod, the High King of Grunwold, seems determined to prove that Maelyn no longer deserves to be a princess. With a family losing faith in her, and a kingdom growing dangerously hostile, even Maelyn begins to wonder if she is truly a real princess. And if her riches will turn to rags once again….

The Nine Princesses Novellas is a series that chronicles the adventures of an unconventional family of princesses, the struggles they face in a kingdom often hostile to their humble origins, and the day-to-day dramas of nine young women whose personalities often clash like swords. Fans of Gail Carson Levine and Shannon Hale would enjoy this young-adult series.

My Review:

When a terrible fever sweeps the land and kills most of its residents, a young lonely child wanders through the hillsides. Lucky for her, the king and his men find her starving and takes her as his own but she’s not the only one. The king also takes in 8 other young daughters to bestow the titles of princesses. This is the story about Maelyn, the eldest of the daughters and also next to be queen, or so she hopes…

This was a very short and quick read. The author introduces the story well and sets up mysteries to be unfolded as the story goes on. It was cute and simple but not really predictable so it added some excitement and still made it a page turner.

I really wanted to get in one last book before the end of the year and this book was perfect!

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Anita for sending me a copy to review.

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