They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts. They've never met Kajus.
Claire and her people have wandered for years, searching for a new home away from their drought-stricken origins. Just when they find what seems like the perfect location, there’s a catch. Someone’s already living there, and they don’t want to share…not without a price being paid.
The native Veest will allow Claire’s people to settle on the condition that one of their most beautiful girls marries the son of the Veest chieftain. Claire knows she’s not the most attractive (or even the third or fourth most attractive) but she is the only one willing. After all, it’s her father who's being held hostage until they come up with a bride. And the fact that her betrothed Kajus is a shapeshifter? That can’t be so bad either, because surely he won’t be in animal form ALL the time.
Unfortunately, Claire is only half right. See, Kajus is considered unusual even among the Veest, and it’s for a reason that is very hard to overlook…
Arranged marriages, desperate refugees, angry exes and the world’s ugliest fiancé… 'Gifted' is a highly original take on a classic fairytale.
(Although loosely connected to other Fairytale Memoirs stories, this is a standalone novella.)
Praise for M. Marinan:
‘A book I didn’t want to put down, even at the expense of my sleep.’
‘A really, really good read.’
‘Rich and complex, with twists and turns all over the show.’
About the Author
M. Marinan is comfortably located in Wellington, New Zealand: a city that ‘you can’t beat on a fine day’. (Disclaimer: there aren’t that many fine days, but she’s still there.) She loves stories with adventure, drama and a happy ending, and writes in the same vein. She also likes beautiful things, nice people and carefully created art – the sort that looks as though it took effort, not like a toddler painted it with a brush stuck to their forehead. She also illustrates all her own work. It’s fun, she knows the characters...and she’s a bit cheap. Thanks to Massey University for making her feel qualified to publish her own work (and for giving her a student debt that will follow her into her old age. It was worth it).