The Orphan Queen
BY Jodi Meadows
“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.” -Goodreads
I bought this book at the when it was all the rage after is had been released, unfortunately I kept shifting it aside for other reads since its purchase. I finally got around to reading it this past weekend and I loved it. With elements similar to “The Red Queen,” “Graceling,” and “Shadow and Bone,” we are faced with a new world ruled my a monarchy. Despite many people’s claims that the story is unremarkable compared to these other great YA fantasies, I felt the story had a fresh, new approach to a darkness that threatens to take over the world.
Our heroine develops quite a lot from the beginning of the story to the end to discover the kind of queen she wants to be. A downside to this story was that right away I figured out the real identity of Black Knife, a vigilante exacting justice in the capital city, which I would have liked to be a bit harder to conclude. I felt the fresh approach to this fantasy is the forbidden use of magic. Whereas in the other fantastic tales magic is revered and honored, here is can get one killed.
Overall I loved the story and I can’t wait for the sequel!