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.
What. Did. I. Just. DO?!
So, The Orphan Queen. Where do I start? Ah yes, it was so MAGICAL. I loved the magic element in this book. It was so whimsical and yet there was the perfect blend of magic, angst, romance and a WHOLE lot of action. I thoroughly enjoyed the action that was brought to life in Orphan Queen, there were so many fighting scenes balanced off with secret meetings and formal balls!
So basically the gist of the story is that Wil the princess of a conquered kingdom called Aecor. Since her kingdom was destroyed she has been on the run with what’s left of the noble children and they call themselves The Ospreys. Wil has magic and in the Indigo Kingdom, the use of magic is illegal and if caught then the punishments are severe.
There also seems to be a vigilante called Black Knife who reminded me of Zorro in a younger version. He helps kill the glowmen, wraith creatures, and captures the flashers (the people who use magic). His identity is a mystery, so nobody knows who he is. Whenever there is trouble, he’ll be there at the scene.
I really enjoyed the magic , world building and the plot twist at the end of the book. I think somethings could have been a little better. For example, there were some scenes I skipped over because they were just a little boring for my taste or they could have been shortened to keep the action going. Then again, this is my personal opinion and my preference but it wasn’t a major issue and I still enjoyed the story nonetheless.
All in all, I believe that The Orphan Queen definitely worth a read and it was very enjoyable and just because I am very proud to say this. I actually predicted correctly the identity of Balck Knife ( I was gloating about it for an embarrassingly long time).
My final verdict for The Orphan Queen is a solid 4 stars out of 5 stars. I can’t wait till I get The Mirror King! If you also read The Orphan Queen let me know I’d love to flail some more!