The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
By Jodi Meadows
Published March 10th, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
First of all, I really love that cover! The purples and the blues fit so well together. :) I wasn't quite sure if I would enjoy this book. I'm not sure why to be honest. The summary definitely sounded interesting but I just wasn't sure if I would be able to get into it.
So I read it and I absolutely enjoyed reading it! It is not too different from other fantasies but it is still intriguing and hard to put down.
I enjoyed reading about the characters, though some of them absolutely annoyed me. Wil was a strong character and she had gone through much in her past. I loved how she took care of those that mattered to her. She wasn't just black and white all of the time. She felt conflicted with what she had to do and what was actually right to do. It was great to be able to see her grow throughout the book.
Black Knife was also pretty awesome and I looked forward to when him and Wil would meet up. Their banter was great and I enjoyed reading about them helping others together. I won't say too much else though. :)
The history of the magic and the kingdoms was interesting as well. I look forward to learning more about the wraith and to see what becomes of it.
The Orphan Queen was intriguing, suspenseful, action packed, and romantic. It was everything that I was in the mood to read and I definitely cannot wait for the next book! I loved the characters and I want to learn more about them and their abilities. There were some twists near the end that I did see coming but enjoyed nonetheless. I feel like the ending is kind of a cliff hanger and will definitely leave readers wanting more.
I rated this book 4 out of 5 hearts! A great beginning to what is sure to be a fantastic series. :)