The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
“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.”
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows is the first book in her Orphan Queen Duology. It follows our main protagonist Wilhelmina, a princess who’s kingdom was taken away from her many years before, leaving her and the other children of nobility without parents and a kingdom to live in. Now she and the other children, now grown up must do whatever they can to resurrect their kingdom and enact war on the King who took everything away from them.
This was such a great start to a fantasy series! It was action packed, it was humorous, and had a cute romance. Which is pretty much everything I look forward to in a book that I read. Meadows was able to create a world unlike any other filled with wraith(magic), lies and deceit, and a cunning vigilante. (I’ll get to him later!)
I was at awe with Meadows’ writing style. I found that it fit perfectly with the themes of the book and the era. Her writing style helped develop a world that never felt confusing or jam packed with useless information like a lot of other books. She created a very unique magic system with the wraith, and I just wish there was a little more of an explanation for why/how wraith occurs.
Wilhelmina as the main protagonist was perfect. She was everything anyone could ever want in a heroine and future queen. She is ambitious, tough, strong willed, and empathetic. Right from the beginning you can tell how much she cared for her fellow Ospreys well beings and you just knew that she would do everything she could to protect them.
Although Wil was such a great character, my favorite would have to be Black Knife. Maybe I’m just being biased in the sense that I wish I was the one he was saving and falling for. But he is humorous, strong, and extremely lovable. I totally ship him and Wilhelmina hard. They’re relationship is cute and complex all at the same time.
I can only say good things about The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows! I loved the world, the plot, the characters and the ending. Which I must say was treacherous. Seriously. Read it and you will know what I’m talking about. Stay tuned for future reviews coming your way!
See ya next time,
Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen).