I finished reading The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows last week.
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 took me a few chapters to get into this book. But once I did, I didn't want to put it down!
I loved Will. I loved that she was a Princess and would do whatever it took to get her kingdom back. She was strong. But vulnerable too. The perfect mix. And I loved Black Knife. I expected him to be mean and tough, but quickly learned how sweet he could be. I thought I had his identity pegged, but I was so wrong. Didn't see that one coming. But it fit!
There was lots of action in this story, but not too much. Enough to keep me hanging on and not turn away. The ending with the wraith left me questioning things. And then the very end was such a big cliffhanger! I need to get my hands on the second book, The Mirror King!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.