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Book Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Title & Author: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopia
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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”
Must-Read New Fantasy Series
The Orphan Queen is a fantasy treasure. What starts off sly and quiet becomes cunning and stealthy. This is a series to get excited about!
Wilhemmina, known as Wil, is the lost princess of Aecor, which was conquered and absorbed into the Indigo empire. She’s determined to get her land back along with the other lost children of royalty who escaped. Her plan starts with infiltrating the palace as a fake duchess and gather information they can use against the King and his army.
The story begins with backstory and planning. Wil and her Osprey crew are figuring out the logistics. This meant that there was solid foundation being laid for the story…and that there wasn’t action right out of the gate.
That wasn’t a problem for me AT ALL, but just know that going in.
But, once the action did start, I was completely hooked. There is a lot of fighting and palace intrigue and romance, lovely heart-wrenching romance.
And WARNING, The Orphan Queen ends on a KILLER cliffhanger. I was in serious agony about the ending.
This is a book to sink into. The struggle between the Ospreys and the Indigo Kingdom and the path of Wil as their heroine was really compelling. I am so curious to find out more, and that’s the ultimate compliment – begging for more!
PLUS, I almost forgot to mention there’s a masked do-gooder named the Black Knife. I knew I was going to love him right away, and I DID.
Side note: Jodi Meadows other series, Newsoul, is also fantastic and very, very unique.
Get excited. This book was excellent. I was consumed by the magic and the intrigue and romance spun around with an incredible storytelling talent. For those new or old to fantasy, I highly recommend The Orphan Queen as a standout debut book!