The Orphan Queen
By: Jodi Meadows
Released: March 10, 2015
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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. (Goodreads)
I loved The Orphan Queen and can't wait to get my hands on the second book! Jodi Meadows set up a fascinating world and introduced several great characters in this book.
The Orphan Queen is the story of Wilhelmina who lost her home Kingdom to the Indigo Kingdom as a child. She became an orphan after that night and was taken to Skyvale. Years later she is a part of a group of thieves called the Ospreys and intends to take back her Kingdom. Part of her plan involves impersonating a noble woman and infiltrating the Skyvale Palace to learn more about them.
Wilhelmina was a well developed and complex protagonist. She had to grow up fast and learn to survive on her own. She is stubborn and doesn't trust others, but she has her reasons. She has her flaws too and makes mistakes, but she acknowledges those mistakes. What I liked most about Wilhelmina though was her determination to find the truth for herself and do what she believes is the right thing to do.
There were plenty of other great characters as well. There were the Ospreys, Prince Tobiah, Lieutenant James, and Black Knife. At the beginning of the book, it was a bit confusing to keep all of the names of the Ospreys straight. There were a lot of characters introduced immediately, but as the story progressed each character stood out more. My favorite side character was definitely the mysterious vigilante Black Knife though. Black Knife was a really exciting character that I loved getting to know.
The plot was paced well and developed well. The first section moved a bit slower than the other sections, but that was because it spent that time setting up the world and the characters. After that though, the story moved right along and I couldn't put this book down. The Orphan Queen had plenty of drama, backstabbing, elegant royal events, magic, and exciting fight scenes. There were some twists that I didn't expect and then some that were a bit more predictable. The last section was definitely my favorite part though. The world that Meadows created was so fascinating. There are so many aspects to it from the different kingdoms to the wraith.
Overall I loved The Orphan Queen and can't wait to read The Mirror King. I strongly recommend picking up a copy soon because this is one fantasy story that you do not want to miss.