Book Review: The Orphan Queen – Jodi Meadows

 

When you know the second book to this duology is available, but Book Depository tells you to wait for three more months, 107 days for the Paperback edition, and you can do nothing but scream in agony because you have this book’s paperbacks, and you hate inconsistent editions.

And when the four digital novellas each contains two chapters of the second book, each picking up from the previous novellas’ included chapters, you moan in agony for the days to pass by.


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Name: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher(s): Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 10, 2015

Synopsis

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.


Book Cover Comments

 

I love the face that Wilhemina is making right now: at the same time its cool, and the same time there’s a tinge of sadness to it. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the color system is so that its the Indigo Kingdom? And I super love that cape, because if my predictions are correct, it is the wraith…


The Review

 

Welcome to another one of Joanne’s cannot-deep-analytical-review Reviews. Yes. Joanne does shallow reviews.

And as I was typing that previous sentence out, I have no idea what to write!
Crap. See, I don’t even know why people subscribe to me if my mind is completely blank, no idea what to write for this book review *thumbs up*

I was there was the war began. And when it ended.

It’s not the first time where I’ve seen a Royal Princess going through the life of a regular citizen of her enemy’s country, but it is the first time where the royal princess hops around town at night, helping people around and later on, directly approaching the palace to find methods and ways to assist her to taking back her kingdom.

I was going to have to face the man who’d destroyed my kingdom, and the boy who was the reason.

The characters we meet in the book, especially the masked mysterious person Black Knife that appears at night, who seems to be following Wil everywhere, holds more secrets than you can ever think. And I don’t know if its just me, my instincts or everyone else, but while I was reading the book, I correctly predicted and knew all along who Black Knife was. Interesting. And in the end, Black Knife has to choose something really important: which I will not spoil :P

“Oh, nameless girl. When will you learn to trust me?”

The romance in this book is just asdfghkl. In this context, it means NOT ENOUGH. The surprising thing is, even before the confession with just the flirtations, I got a lot of heart flutters which was good. And then you would dread for more by the end of the book and you know you need the next book.

Yes, I leaned toward desperate danger; I would do anything for my people.

The idea of the wraith, the by-product from magic, as well as the shine and firefly, a type of drug in the Indigo Kingdom, was very interesting in order to bring forth the plot so that it can run and move, so I do think that this book is pretty plot driven. If it wasn’t the preset events that happened/happens/will happen in the book, the characters wouldn’t make those decisions. And at one point, we will get to learn more about the lands infected by the wraith, the horror of it and how our characters will attempt to do something with it. There are not enough revelations in book one, and therefore makes the anticipation for the sequel even bigger.

“The pain of what happened – it won’t last eternity.” A lie. I knew very well how pain could last, and fester, and shape a person in unnameable ways.

Betrayals and lies, masks and identities. The book heavily surrounds on these themes, which is, at the same time, drives the plot. Because characters make these decisions, the plot becomes much more intriguing and twisted, though I wouldn’t say there are heavy “sharp turns” that will lead the plot into overly unexpected plots. The book was well laid out, and for a duology, its pace is very reasonable and well done, at the same time a slight set back in the beginning, but everything afterwards paces up a lot and is going nice and quick, giving readers excitement and adrenaline to moan for the loss of 106 days to wait for the next book.

A queen who wouldn’t take risks for her people wasn’t worthy of being a queen at all.

And do read the four e-novellas (ONLY AFTER YOU READ THE ORPHAN QUEEN): The Hidden Prince, The Glowing Knight, The Burning Hand and The Black Knife. Each novella comes with two bonus chapters from the Mirror King, the second book in the orphan Queen duology, that will take you away bit by bit till you can’t wait no more.

 

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