The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Genre: Fantasy
Type: Duology
Date Published: March 10, 2015
Sequel: The Mirror King (April 5, 2016)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Summary: 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.

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Review: This book was really fast-paced and very entertaining to read. The Orphan Queen follows Wilhelmina, the lost princess of a conquered kingdom, as she tries to retake her throne. A lot of stuff happens in the book such as drama, mysterious murders, forbidden magic, suspicious best friends, etc... 

There was a lot of character development with the characters in the book especially with Wil. She begins out with this weight of pressure for her and she is used to being controlled, but then she began to become her own person and began She was very well driven and very courageous if not stubborn. My favorite character would be James because he is so funny and easy going for a bodyguard. Black Knife was a really interesting character; he is very mysterious and it didn't take long for me to figure out who he was.

It was kind of hard to get into because the world wasn't very well explained and I had no idea what was going on, but as you continue on, things begin to unfold and it became clear and it made the book more enjoyable. There was a lot of action taking place and it kept me on edge. Howeover, there are still some elements of the book that still confused me as to the magical aspect and the wraith. I kept on reading the parts where they explained them, but I just can't wrap my head around it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to for the next one. It ended in quite a cliffhanger, so I want to find out what happens. The romance was very moderate and there wasn't much of it. It mostly focused on Wil's journey to reclaiming her throne. I am kind of sad that it there is only going to be two books though; it makes it seem like it would end very quickly which is kind of sad because I really enjoyed this book.

My Rating: 4/5