Author: Anita Valle
Series? First book in the Nine Princesses novellas
POV: Third person, past tense, one narrator.
Cliffhanger? No. But it does leave a few unanswered questions
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book (from Goodreads)
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….
I was in the mood for a light fun read, and this novella was perfect. I loved that this novella was about nine sisters. Far too few books have big families in them! Although they are not a focus of the story, anyone who has siblings can understand the sister’s interactions with each other.
Maelyn is also an avid reader. It was fun to see her dismay over a lack of books to read, and her excitement over new books.
The only confusing part of this novella is the character Willow. In this story, he is a messenger for the princesses. I’m also reading A Time to Die, which has a character named Willow. In that story, Willow is a girl from a village the main character comes across. Can you see how this was confusing?
Otherwise, this was a fun short read. I eagerly read it, and will definitely be getting the next novellas!
Content: Clean read!