Title: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date/Publisher: March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: March 5th 2015
Pages: 400-ARC paperback-given for review
1. The Orphan Queen
2. The Mirror King
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
What I Thought:
I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.
I really didn’t think this book would hit me as hard as it did. It was a really good read and I had trouble putting it down. I love fantasy and the author did very well combining things we already love about the genre and making it all her own. Also that cover is amazing!
Wil was a great female lead, and I loved seeing her whole adventure. She was a very skilled fighter and thief, but her magic was just so awesome. She doesn’t use it much for good reason, but I thought it was really interesting. Her group of Ospreys were pretty cool. I felt bad that those orphans had it so hard but they were trying their best to make a change too. I also loved Black Knife, he was probably my favourite after Wil. Especially when the two interact more with each other. There’s lots of action and magic and a kind of impending doom of when the wraith will finally get them all, which is a great combination.
Seriously though, that ending was what really did me in. I threw the book down on my lap when I finished it, and you can bet there’s a cliffhanger. But don’t let that stop you, you should really give this a try. It’s a great new fantasy from one of my favourite authors. I pre-ordered and have already received my final copy, and the best part is that there’s a map!
About the Author
Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com or on Twitter @jodimeadows.