The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
By Jodi Meadows
Average Rating: 3.97
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.
It’s been a while since I read a book that is hands-down, no-doubt, absolutely worthy of five stars since reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. There was no way I wasn’t going to give this five stars because it’s that good!
This was a fabulous novel!! I loved it so much and it might be my new obsession! HA! Who am I kidding it is my new obsession. I think the book hangover I got after closing the novel speaks for itself.
The plot was freaking amazing and never stopped with the action. It was fast-moving, intriguing and totally unique. Super fast paced but I did find it long at times but I accepted that because it meant more Wil! I finished this book in a night. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to, I just kept flipping page after page because I needed to know what would happen next. I revel in those books that won’t let me put it down until I’m done. The Orphan Queen truly had power over me.
“I was going to have to face the man who’s destroyed my kingdom, and the boy who was the reason.”
The main character, Wilhemina, or Wil, is not a damsel in distress, she is another strong, independent heroine. I liked her the minute I read the first sentence. Being a princess, and living on the streets after her homeland was conquered, she didn’t grow up with fancy dresses and over-the-top meals. She grew up like any other commoner and this made her humble, tough, and kind. She also learned how to fight and steal and what do I love more than a stealing kickass princess? Wil is just an awesome character that knows how to forge letters, animate objects, fight, and plan revenge. *sigh* Can we best friends? As the anniversary of her home being invaded approaches, she is determined to get her kingdom back, and she’ll do anything. Wil did have the desire to take back her kingdom but it was this other guy who was always in charge of the Ospreys. It wasn’t until the end where she finally stepped up, took control and let her dreams become a reality. She learned that sacrifices must be made in order to save her kingdom. I really look up to Wil and I seriously can’t wait for the second and final book, The Mirror King!! (Update 04/25/16: I HAVE AND IT WAS A-MAZING!!! REVIEW IS COMING!! ❤ ❤ ❤ )
Black Knife is Wil’s love interest. God, I love the Black Knife! His identity was unknown for most of the novel but when you found out who he really is? OH MY FREAKING GOD. YES. YES, PLEASE. GIMME MORE. I NEED MORE. I had my suspicions about who he was, but when it was finally revealed, I was so happy and excited that I was right!! The Black Knife is technically Wil’s enemy. He goes out and finds magic users and sends them off to their deaths. Wil is a magic user and because of that the relationship turns forbidden and dangerous. It becomes even more forbidden when Black Knife’s real identity is discovered and the reality sets in that this relationship might not work. I know it’s so cliché but I really couldn’t help loving the whole thing!!!
” ‘You’re just everywhere, aren’t you?’ I spun and had my daggers drawn before his questions was half finished. ‘Black Knife.’ ‘Nameless girl.’ He stood on the edge of the roof I’d just left, with only a small jump between us.”
The romance was great!! I loved it so much and I reread the book a few times just to get my intake of romance for the day ’cause it’s that good. Some of Black Knife and Wil’s scenes make me want to swoon, cry and/or scream because it was so good but unfair! The emotional distress I felt reading this book was overwhelming. It didn’t help that the plot and conflict was also amazing and tore my heart out of my chest. You will get the feels reading this book, I promise.
The writing is phenomenal. This is my first time reading Jodi Meadows’ work and I’m impressed how easily she could pull me into her writing through Wil. It is written in first person POV (Wil) and I couldn’t have chosen a better protagonist. Again, Wil’s voice is strong and relatable and she does have flaws that make the reading so much more interesting and fun.
The Orphan Queen will grasp your interest from beginning to end. It is a great mix of romance, action and fantasy. Once you pick The Orphan Queen up, prepare to never put it down until you’re finished. You will be obsessed. Like I am right now. (Ugh, April 5th is way too long!!!!! )
I’m currently reading the novellas Meadows provided while waiting for The Mirror Kingto come out. That will be enough for now. But not for long…
Keep calm and read on,
Note: The date that I wrote this, and the date that I posted it messing with my mind. I wrote this about a year ago so when this publishes I would’ve already read The Mirror King.