(The Orphan Queen #1)
by Jodi Meadows
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Publication Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
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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. (Goodreads)
After having The Orphan Queen sitting on my shelf for an embarrassingly long amount of time, I finally decided to pick up the book, partially because I was curious, and partially because it was super close to the release date for The Mirror King, and I thought it would be pretty awesome to read the books together. I'm totally kicking myself for not having read The Orphan Queen sooner. I enjoyed it so much!!
I really loved the main character in the story, Wilhelmina. I love that there were so many different sides of her character. Not only was she a lost princess who desperately wanted to get her kingdom back, she was also a theft who stole to survive, and a spy to get information, as well as a wielder of magic, which was completely illegal to use. She was such a well written person, and I love that she was willing to do whatever she needed to do for her friends and her kingdom. She'd definitely make an excellent queen.
There are SO many secondary characters in the story that I enjoyed as well. Too many, really, to even list, so read the book to discover them for yourself! And, the romance in the book was perfection. Not too much, not too little; it was absolutely perfect.
I really enjoyed the storyline for the book, especially the magical aspects. It really held my interest throughout. I'm also really fascinated lately with historical type settings, and that's exactly what you get in The Orphan Queen. The book ends with a pretty massive cliffhanger, and I'm thrilled that I already have a copy of The Mirror King on hand, just waiting for me to start it. I must know what's going to happen next!
Overall; I really enjoyed reading The Orphan Queen, so much more than I expected to, and I can't wait to start The Mirror King right away! I'm super curious to see what's going to happen next for these awesome characters and great story.