The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 10, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Pages: 391 – hardcover, 416 – paperback, 400 – ebook
Format Read: ebook
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’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. The reviews raved about its awesomeness and I honestly think it did not disappoint. I didn’t have much high hopes for this book in the first place, so I’m relieved it turned out to be something more, something different. Not once did I even stop to check what page I was on, which is the case in most books I read. That’s how good The Orphan Queen is. You get completely sucked in from the first page and find yourself so entrenched in the world Jodie has written that it’s hard to pull away at the end.
My all-time favorite thing about this book is the characters. There were so many of them, yet they all still remained unique and easy to differentiate between. Especially the Ospreys. I was invested in every single character & their relationships. Wil is definitely my favorite character, she’s everything I’d want in a protagonist. The only other person who ever came close to that was Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series. In addition to all of that, the way the character dynamics were written really pulled me in. Patrick, Melanie, Theresa, Wil… etc. I found their relationships with each other and the other Ospreys to be very realistic. I was glad it wasn’t like in other novels which typically feature a group of self-righteous rebel teenagers who agree with everything their friend says because ‘we’re the good guys!!!1’. The characters in The Orphan Queen made their own decisions and weren’t afraid to disagree with their ‘queen’, which I absolutely loved.
Another thing I really liked about this book was the world-building. You don’t notice it happening, but by the time you’re halfway through, you’re already unconsciously piecing together pieces of the plot. They were revealed in a steady manner, with barely any information dumps, making it easy to follow along and such a page-turner. I love how at the beginning of the book, you get the sense that there was something going on and as the book progresses you find yourself trying to figure out what exactly is going on. I already have some type of mental picture of the world thanks to this book, so I’m very excited to read on & find out even more! I’ll definitely be reading the other novellas.
What contributed to the book being such a page-turner is definitely also the writing. It’s descriptive but not too over-the-top, enthralling but not too showy, and just overall fluent. Everything’s perfectly balanced; I love when I find books like that!
Of course, this wouldn’t be an Orphan Queen review if I didn’t mention THE ENDING. Oh em gee. Why would you do this? I have an ARC of The Mirror Kings, so it was all I could do to restrain myself from running to it & devouring it at once. Now that I’ve written this review, I could finally go ahead and read it! *fist pumps*
To conclude, I’d just like to say that if you’ve ever felt hesitant or are thinking about picking this up then look no more! I’m here to tell you that you should DO IT. The characters, their dynamics, the writing, the world-building, and plot… such spellbinding elements to an addictive book! The Mirror King releases in April 2016, and it’s the last book in this duology, so get with the hype if you haven’t already!
Rating: 4 fish!