Novella Review: Maelyn by Anita Valle

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 10.00.58 AMTitle:  Maelyn

Author: Anita Valle

Genre: Fairy-tale

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

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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….


My Thoughts
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!


About Rivka Ray

I am a book loving college student who never has enough time to read. I am also in love with all things Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

One thought on “Novella Review: Maelyn by Anita Valle

  1. Elisabeth says:

    I have this one on my Kindle somewhere, but haven’t yet gotten to it. I do agree we need more positive portrayals of large families, though. I mean come on, three kids really isn’t a big family like most seem to think.

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