Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Orphan Queen (Book 1)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (March 10, 2015)
Rating: 4 stars
Adventure, intrigue, and romance combine in a new fantasy duology from Incarnate series author Jodi Meadows.
When Princess Wilhelmina was a child, the Indigo Kingdom invaded her homeland. Ten years later, Wil and the other noble children who escaped are ready to fight back and reclaim Wil’s throne. To do so, Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate the Indigo Kingdom palace with hopes of gathering information that will help them succeed.
But Wil has a secret—one that could change everything. Although magic has been illegal for a century, she knows her ability could help her save her kingdom. But magic creates wraith, and the deadly stuff is moving closer and destroying the land. And if the vigilante Black Knife catches her using magic, she may disappear like all the others. . . .
The Orphan Queen delivers epic fantasy, perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
When I started reading The Orphan Queen I was like “Oh boy. Here we go again. Ball gowns and politics.” Someone must had decided that dressing the heroine like a fluffy princess was mandatory for YA fantasy. Also she much disguise who she really is to infiltrate the enemy with a half-assed plan. Only to get betrayed by the people she thought could be trusted. In an effort to win back the kingdom that was rightly hers. That about sums up The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.
Besides those flaws….well pet peeves of mines, I when on ahead and finished the book. I have to thank ReadLoveWrite28 for encouraging me to go on because in the end The Orphan Queen was worth the read. Wil is not your average queen. Not only is she an orphan (hence the title) but she can kick your ass without breaking a sweat. You know me I like a female that can handle her own. Doesn’t have to depend on everybody else(strong brute of a male character) to get her out of every dangerous situation. A girl who doesn’t need a savior all the time.
With that being said, it doesn’t mean that a female character can’t show vulnerability. I just like a balance. A play on soft and hard. Female emotions are complex and strange and I like when it’s showcase and done properly in books.
Rant over……..moving on.
Other things that I enjoyed but wish there were more scenes with them were the Ospreys. I wanted more from their story-line, Also, the same goes with the Black Knife. He was an interesting and complex character that I would like to have gotten to know better. Love the interaction and action every time him and Wil were together.
So to sum things up, The Orphan Queen is a fast read with plenty of action (most is towards the end), fantastic world-building and a kick-ass heroine that I can rock with. Plus there’s Black Knife.
Oh before I go, you my dear followers/readers should be forewarned that the ending is an absolute killer. Jodi Meadows is one evil (in a good way) author for doing that to people. It’s so bad that there’s even a support group on twitter–#oqsupportgroup. I kid you not but you need to read the book in order to understand. Or you can go over to twitter for your chance to win. Just click the photo and it will take you to the link. It’s open internationally and ends 4/1/15.
About the Author
Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, 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.
Visit her website: www.jodimeadows.com
Follow her twitter: @jodimeadows