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The Orphan Queen
Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Category: Young Adult
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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.
I'll have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about reading The Orphan Queen. I haven't read too much Fantasy like this book and the thought of reading about a fallen kingdom where the princess becomes an orphan wasn't really something that my heart heard read me. I have read the New Soul series also by Jodi Meadows and really enjoyed it, so I thought I should giver her other books a shot. Boy, I'm extremely glad I did!
It took me a couple of chapters to really get wrapped into the story line but after about four chapters I was hooked! The main character Wilelmina, has suffered great lost and experienced her fair share of hardship. As a child her kingdom was over ran by the Indigo Kingdom in the middle of the night where she was forced to watch the king and queen, also known as her parents, be killed along with the rest of the high nobility. She was then sent off to an orphanage but soon rescued by a fellow orphan from the One Night War. Wil banned together a group of orphan kids from the fallen kingdom of Aecor and called them the Ospreys.
Wil's determination to do right by the Ospreys and her kingdom is truly inspiring. She and her ragtag group of Ospreys plan to take back their kingdom. To do so, she and her friend Melanie masquerade as nobles who died when the city Liadia was destroyed by wraith, They do so to seek refuge in the Skyvale Palace of the Indigo Kingdom, They sneak around and find ins with the enemy's army to discreetly get information about how to take back their (Wil and her Osprey) kingdom. But little goes as planned with the presence of wraith looming and the vigilante Black Knife. They''re dangers which even Wil cannot guard herself from.
I really enjoyed this fantasy read. I believe that Jodi did a great job building her character which fantastic character descriptions and even better personalities. Jodi did a great job describing the wraith lands but I felt that there could have been a bit more description when it came to the cities. I was able to imagine a nice picture but I wanted a bit more.
I t's admirable how badly Wil wants to take back her kingdom and although she's willing to break laws there are some lines she refuses to cross. She was a very likable heroine. She was selfless, headstrong, brave, and intelligent. She stood up to the people who pushed her around and didn't let her feelings cloud her judgment, no matter how much it hurt her heart. She was very mindful of who she was always saying that being princess was just a title and that it didn't define her. She ended up accompanying the infamous vigilante, Black Knife, on his nighttime excursions where they fought wraith and helped protect the city from criminals.
Wilhelmina 's best friend Melanie also accompanied her to the enemy's palace as a dead noble. I often questioned where Melanie's loyalties lied. She always acted suspiciously while away from Wil, but never within the presence of Wil, which made me question her.
Despite their main focus being about taking back Aecor, Wil's curiosity caused her to stray toward toe wraith. After some investigation she soon realized that because of the wraith, she'd have no kingdom to take back and rule if it wasn't stopped. There is more then one purpose to this novel. In a lot of books there is usually one big issue where the plot focuses on making it better. In The Orphan Queen there are numerous of issues underlying the story and when Wil isn't trying to fix one thing she's working on the next to help achieve the big picture of a peaceful world.
There is a love interest in this book. No, there's not any love triangles. Her love life is very complicated and often leaves her conflicted with a broken heart to choose between what she wants and what's right. It's a very difficult relationship between Wil and her love interest. Since I'd like to keep this review spoiler free, this is all I'm saying regarding this topic. Trust me, I'd love to rave about it but I must refrain myself in order to keep from spilling the beans.
I do feel the need to warn you- The Orphan Queen ends in an awful, heart-wrenching cliff hanger. Since The Mirror King is out now I highly recommend you have it ready to pick up as soon as you put The Orphan Queen down.
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My name is Devynn, I'm a 18 year old girl who resides in sunny Southern California. Most of my time is spent with my nose stuck in a book or on the back of a horse. I love the outdoors and hiking, specifically in the spring when everything is blooming and beautiful!