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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Maiden of Flowers is the first novel in The Flower Saga by Makayla Love. Princess Orchid and her brother Prince Jasper are orphaned and living under the care of Beauregard Claude, the Comte du Papilio. Now that Jasper is the King, Orchid’s only concern is to focus on her studies, entertain whatever suitor her brother sends her way, and keep her magic hidden from everyone. However, that routine changes when an ancient enemy is said to rise and disturb the peace. The Demon Lord was sealed away by the Maiden of Flowers and only a Maiden of Flowers can seal the Demon Lord back again. Her world is shattered when the stranger tells Orchid she is the new Maiden and she needs to fulfill her duty. But Orchid knows nothing about being a hero or saving other people. She is just a Princess. However, danger is on the way, and it is not just the Demon Lord she needs to fight. Can Orchid survive treachery and a vicious opponent?
Wow! You don’t come across novels of such caliber in the fantasy genre often enough. Author Makayla Love creates a believable universe where relatable characters live in Maiden of Flowers. Orchid’s character is both relatable and believable. Orchid is the odd one out, protected by a brother she doesn’t understand and she is simply not ready for the curveball she is served. However, her growth is credible and understandable. The author weaves this very intricate story carefully and smartly. She doesn’t give anything away, she keeps readers guessing, and just when readers think they know what is going to happen next, she surprises them with a new twist. The dialogues and character development are spot-on, the pace is perfect, and the narrative flows smoothly. Even though it is a fantasy novel, it is absolutely brilliant and very logical as well. The ending surprised me, and I honestly cannot wait to read the next installment!