Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: The Orphan Queen

Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 393 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:
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 just want to add a little side note here before I begin talking about what worked and didn’t work for me when reading this book.  I think any shortcomings I had with The Orphan Queen were due to my overindulgence in YA fantasy this year. Since 2015 started, I’ve read countless YA fantasy books, so much so, that I think the plots and characters started to blur in my mind.  Many of them had extremely similar storylines and I read them so close together that by the time I got to Orphan Queen I was a little burnt out on this genre.  Since it wasn’t the actual story itself or the writing that affected my feelings on the book I didn’t want my rating of The Orphan Queen to be affected by my reading choices this year.  That being said, here are some of my likes and dislikes for this book.
            I’m a huge fan of Robin Hood and any type of fairy tale retellings, so I was naturally drawn to the idea of the Black Knife in this story.  He reminded me a lot of the story of Robin Hood, only in this setting he spends time hunting down magic users, who are considered the bad guys in this story.  Magic was banned a century ago, because with magic came consequences.  Anytime someone used it, more wraith was produced (a by product of magic) and monsters and other dark creatures started to appear.  When the Black Knife isn’t hunting down magic users and restoring justice to the Indigo Kingdom, he’s hunting and destroying monsters and villains that appear in the Kingdom as a result of the wraith and magic. 
            Another one of my favorite parts is the story of the Osprey children, who are orphans from Aecor, which was destroyed by the Indigo Kingdom after what is known as the One-Night War.  The band of orphans fighting to get their homeland back was an interesting concept that was new and different from a lot of the YA fantasy books I’ve been reading.
            This book is the first in the Orphan Queen series, so don’t get bummed if you finished this book and felt like it ended too soon! Which brings me to my next point.  The ending of this book will absolutely break your heart.  I know it did mine!  Now I understand why there is an Orphan Queen support group on twitter! (follow the group and people reading this book using the hashtag #OQsupportgroup)
            And last but not least, I adored the dedication in the front of the book by Jodi Meadows:
                        “If you wear smiles like armor-
                        If you put on personalities like clothes-
                        If you can’t show the world all that you are-
                        This book is for you.” 



  1. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed this one! I've heard tons of great things about it so I may have to check it out. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. thank you Krystianna! and thanks for checking out my review!


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