The Orphan Queen by Jodi MeadowsThe Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen

byJodi Meadows

Hardcover | March 10, 2015

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An epic fantasy filled with adventure, intrigue, and romance from Incarnate series author Jodi Meadows. This duology is perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

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. . . .

Jodi Meadows is the author of the Incarnate series andThe Orphan Queen. She 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.
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Title:The Orphan QueenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:March 10, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062317385

ISBN - 13:9780062317384

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic High Fantasy book! The books starts off fairly fast paced, with a robbery already in progress and never really slows down from there. Sometimes in fantasy books things can get slow and seem to stagnate but I never found that with this book. Sometimes I would have to force myself to put the book down at night so that I could actually get some sleep before school! I absolutely loved the characterization in The Orphan Queen, the main character Wilhelmina (or Wil) is a fantastically well rounded character who also has a lot of depth. I love how she isn't perfect, she makes mistakes but she handles those mistakes in a super interesting way. And Black Knife man, oh man, oh man (that's all I'll say about him! Don't want to spoil anything). Plus James (the prince's guard) and Prince Tobiah are also very interesting. I thought that the relationship between James and Wil was very interesting, and I actually loved how it was a platonic relationship between a man and a woman. I think we definitely need more opposite-gender friendships in books! (At least that's the way I saw it, others might have different thoughts) Overall I absolutely loved this book. It reminded me so much of the books that I read as a kid that made me really fall in love with reading. Fantasy was my first love but recently I haven't found as many fantasy that have that it factor in them. But this book definitely has it! I will warn you though, this is the kind of book that you will want to read without setting down (you'll just want to keep going) and the ENDING IS CRAZY! But I would highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, ya and/or wonderfully developed strong female characters
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong YA Fantasy with a Wonderful Lead I'm definitely a fantasy fangirl but I always feel like I'm not reading enough of it, so when I heard about The Orphan Queen and found out that it combined fantasy with princesses and spies and magic and that the main character was all three, I knew I'd find a lot to like here. And like I did, absolutely. This is an exciting and mysterious fantasy that still manages to remain wholly satisfying... until the major cliffhanger of an ending! (Seriously, I think I need to have some words with Meadows about that ending. Something very important hangs in the balance and I won't know what happens until the next book!) One of the best parts of The Orphan Queen for me was snappy and smart heroine Wil and, to a slightly lesser extent, the curious character that is Black Knife and their interactions. I was so glad to find Wil to be the kind of kick-butt but also headstrong heroine that I crave in fantasy. Not that fantasy always needs girls like that, but when someone like Wil comes along who can protect herself with both her fighting skills and with her strong will to do what's best for her and the people she cares about, I'm all about it. On the other side, though, I also appreciated that she had weaker moments to balance her out, which made her feel so much more real and genuine. I am undoubtedly #TeamWil for herself and maybe one day for her kingdom, too. As for Black Knife and his storyline with Wil... I don't want to give too much away but I'll say this much: I was immediately drawn in by Black Knife and I actually thought I'd figured out who it was (with a little catch that I wasn't sure how Meadows would explain), so when I discovered where she took that character, I was both very excited and very intrigued regarding how that was all worked out in the background (I expect more info on this in the sequel!). From the start, though, watching Black Knife and Wil interact was such a great change from her interactions with her friend Melanie and with Patrick and the Ospreys, the last orphaned nobility left from her devastated kingdom. It was a refreshing change of pace and it brought out so much more in Wil that when they were together, it almost felt like an escape as much for me as for Wil herself. I think my other favourite thing about the novel was the entire set-up of princess presumed dead becomes spy and infiltrates a rival kingdom's castle and court. Honestly, spy missions and court life are both like my kryptonite, so to combine them together and have a spy mission take place in a court by an imposter? I think I would have been happy no matter how that played out. I enjoyed so much of that storyline that I was actually kind of disappointed when Wil left the court, even though she did it for a V.I.A. (very important adventure). Thus, my only complaints about that whole section of the book was that I wanted the court intrigue to last longer and that I wish there had been a little more detail about the spying that went on. Other than that, Meadows delivered on the parts that I was looking forward to and also provided a punch of a unique adventure to follow it up as Wil learns more about the Wraith. While I still don't entirely understand everything that happened there and would have appreciated it to be a little more clear, I'm excited to get more detail about Wraith and everything that is coming along with it in the next installment. All in all, Meadows has written an extremely enjoyable and quite uniquely executed fantasy that ticks some major boxes for me (fantastic heroine, spy shenanigans, castles and courts) and that gives magic a spin that I'm really looking to delving into more as the series continues. And as if that weren't enough reason for me to come back for the release of The Mirror King, the major cliffhanger would most certainly have done the trick all on its own. Jodi Meadows, I don't know how you identified so many of the things that make me a rabid reader, but brava.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahh! This book was stunning. I loved it so much. I always knew I would love this book. First because of the amazing title and summary. Then because of the gorgeous cover. But also because it is written by Jodi, whom I adore. But then I had to wait forever for this book. Which was torture. But yes. The wait was worth it. Because I loved this book to pieces. I want to share all the secrets. Well, okay, I want to talk about all the amazing secrets and plot twists in this book. But I shall not :D Because they are all kinds of amazing, and I want you to read it yourself. Like I did. I knew nothing before starting. I didn't even peek. Eeek. And it was so perfect to know nothing. The Orphan Queen is perfection. I loved everything about it. Well, one thing I was a bit sad about, but I'm dealing with it. But sigh. The writing is stunning. Which I loved so much. And the characters are all kinds of amazing. I loved the point of view of Wil. I loved all the plot twists. Though, yes, I sort of knew, well, suspected, who the Black Knife were before I started the book. But I was still nervous while reading it. Because I could be wrong. And that would have been kind of heartbreaking for me. Ack. So the suspense in this book was all kinds of delicious. The romance is amazing. Though way too short. Hmph. But the plot. The plot in this book is all kinds of stunning. I loved it so much. This book is long, yet still not long enough for me. The Orphan Queen is told from the point of Wilhelmina. Whom is just the best character ever. I loved her to pieces. I loved getting to know her. I loved how much she cares for the other children in her group. I love how she protects them. I love how she is a princess, trying to reclaim her throne. I love how she sneaks out at night. Sigh. Mostly I just really adored Wil. She is fierce. And I loved every part of her, even all the choices she made. Mostly. She was just perfect. I'm so happy that I loved her. Sigh. But oh, the story in this book. I cannot even begin to explain it all. And I won't. I shall just say some small things. There is this character called Black Knife in this book. He is saving people and capturing criminals. Wil bumps into him a few times. And oh, how I loved Black Knife. Swoons. He's perfection. He wears a mask. He's all kinds of strong. And he's kind and protective. I loved him even more after I found out for sure who he was. He's in this book a lot. Yet not enough. I loved him so much. He's very exciting. But this plot. There is so much happening. With Wil trying to get her kingdom back. All the things she has to do. And her friends. And how it ends with them. And how that broke my heart a whole bunch. Sniffs. Yet it was so real that I couldn't help but love it. Though, ugh. I never liked that boy in charge. Hmph. And what happens with him near the end? I am not forgiving. But such amazing plot twists. Such excitement. It was the bestest. I loved reading about those close to Wil. It was interesting and fun. Then there is the wraith. Which I shall not describe. But damn. That was all kinds of creepy. And such a twist; I didn't really see it coming. Huh. And I loved that. I loved that so much. The wraith were amazing to read about. And I wanted to know more more more. So scary and amazing. I'm so curious about knowing more about it in book two. And figure out how to stop it. Shudders. Won't say more about the plot. Just. So exciting, awesome and different. I loved this book so much. It couldn't have been better. Well. Now I must probably mention that one thing I said I didn't fully like. How the book ends concerning the romance. I loved the romance in this book. And I did love the ending a whole lot. But I'm also worried, because I need my happy ending like crazy. Especially my ship. It better end well. But I have hope, and I think it will. But. Other characters might get in the way. Hmph. But I doubt it. I don't think these two books will include a love triangle. It wouldn't make much sense. I'm so happy about that. Thank you, Jodi, for writing this perfect book. <3 I loved it so much. I am now dying to read the four short stories you are publishing about the Black Knife before book two in about one year :D I cannot wait to read all of it. So so excited. <3 Though, yes, the ending of this book. I should probably mention that it is all kinds of cruel and evil. And ends in such a bad place. Yet I didn't mind that much. I have faith. And seriously. It was so exciting! The ending was pretty amazing. I think I loved it. But yes. So evil :) The Orphan Queen is a special book. It is full of action, suspense, heartbreak and romance. The story is all kinds of exciting. The characters are spectacular. The world is amazing. This is not a book to be missed. I want you all to read it. Because it is different. And oh so special and precious to me. So glad that I pre-ordered a signed and personalized copy of it. <3 Hoping it will arrive soon. I'm so glad I read this book right away when it arrived. But now waiting for book two will be torture. Hmph. How mean.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! Would you believe me if I said that right before a math test (while we were reviewing), I started jumping like a monkey because of this book? Or that during 7th period, right before I finished this book, I started babbling incoherently to one of my poor peers that happened to be staring at me strangely because of my agitation because of this book? Unfortunately, both happened and I have no regrets because I just enjoyed this too much. Starting with characters, Wil is probably my all-time favorites now. She’s the princess of a lost throne (No… not a spoiler…) and will do anything possible to get it back. Well, not everything, as she finds out later in the book. Her character is absolutely delightful, as we get to see Wil navigate through court with an alias while still keeping up with her goals. Manipulation and fighting is on-point. What a boss. “The Ospreys, these children, were my life. Without them, I had nothing. But with them… With them, I would take back my kingdom.” Holy crap yes, you go girl! The only other character that I had a connection with was Black Knife, through his interactions with Wil. I mean, you get to see the orphans in the Ospreys but you never really get to connect with them, or empathize with them, or anything, you know? Even Wil’s best friend Melanie was not very in-depth throughout the story and I cared zilch for her. So this, kind of shows why I ship them so much, because I honestly don’t care about the other characters. I really enjoyed the world-building in this story. It was all pretty straight-forward. Magic is banned, but some kingdoms (like Wil’s) didn’t want to sign the agreement and it all spiraled down to a (Can you believe it?) One-Night War. However, our princess has secrets of her own that she’s trying to keep or else she’d be thrown in jail. And yes, the wraiths from the blurb. They’re an interesting concept, as both magic and magic by-products are banned. I think of wraiths like the evil side of magic that’s a no-no. You have to have one to have the other. Ying and yang, yo. “Magic was completely illegal. Unpardonable. Unforgivable. Not many people had magic anymore, as far as I knew, but those caught using it were never seen again.” The pacing was perfect to the plot. Romance: ahh, slow to burn but quick once heated up. Getting back the throne: yes, throughout the book things were getting done on this point. Magic and wraiths: We spend a whole section of the book at the Wraithland with Wil, and WHOO GIRL, the things there are crazy. How crazy? That’s for me to know, and you to find out. I came for the deception that Wil had to carry out, I stayed for my OTP, illegal magic, and the world they’re all in.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing Would you believe me if I said that right before a math test (while we were reviewing), I started jumping like a monkey because of this book? Or that during 7th period, right before I finished this book, I started babbling incoherently to one of my poor peers that happened to be staring at me strangely because of my agitation because of this book? Unfortunately, both happened and I have no regrets because I just enjoyed this too much. Starting with characters, Wil is probably my all-time favorites now. She’s the princess of a lost throne (No… not a spoiler…) and will do anything possible to get it back. Well, not everything, as she finds out later in the book. Her character is absolutely delightful, as we get to see Wil navigate through court with an alias while still keeping up with her goals. Manipulation and fighting is on-point. What a boss. “The Ospreys, these children, were my life. Without them, I had nothing. But with them… With them, I would take back my kingdom.” Holy crap yes, you go girl! The only other character that I had a connection with was Black Knife, through his interactions with Wil. I mean, you get to see the orphans in the Ospreys but you never really get to connect with them, or empathize with them, or anything, you know? Even Wil’s best friend Melanie was not very in-depth throughout the story and I cared zilch for her. So this, kind of shows why I ship them so much, because I honestly don’t care about the other characters. I really enjoyed the world-building in this story. It was all pretty straight-forward. Magic is banned, but some kingdoms (like Wil’s) didn’t want to sign the agreement and it all spiraled down to a (Can you believe it?) One-Night War. However, our princess has secrets of her own that she’s trying to keep or else she’d be thrown in jail. And yes, the wraiths from the blurb. They’re an interesting concept, as both magic and magic by-products are banned. I think of wraiths like the evil side of magic that’s a no-no. You have to have one to have the other. Ying and yang, yo. “Magic was completely illegal. Unpardonable. Unforgivable. Not many people had magic anymore, as far as I knew, but those caught using it were never seen again.” The pacing was perfect to the plot. Romance: ahh, slow to burn but quick once heated up. Getting back the throne: yes, throughout the book things were getting done on this point. Magic and wraiths: We spend a whole section of the book at the Wraithland with Wil, and WHOO GIRL, the things there are hella. Hella what? That’s for me to know, and you to find out. I came for the deception that Wil had to carry out, I stayed for my OTP, illegal magic, and the world they’re all in.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review for The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows Book One of The Orphan Queen series Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Publication Date: March 10, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Holy guacamole. This book. The ending. Oh my gosh. I literally just finished the book, so bear with me as I write this review. So... my review might not be thoroughly coherent. It might just be a bunch of flails. I might not even make it through the entire review. OH GOSH MY HEART. Wil is an orphan, a princess - orphan queen - of Aecor. She and a ragtag group of orphans from Aecor are trying to take back Aecor. To do so, she and her friend Melanie masquerade as destitute nobles of Liadia, so that they can have refuge in the Skyvale Palace... and get information about Aecor, the armies of the Indigo Kingdom, anything useful that could aid the Ospreys (Wil and her group) in their attempt to reclaim Aecor. But little go as planned with the presence of wraith, Black Knife, and a danger against which even Wil cannot guard herself. I love fantasy. I love epic fantasy. I love high fantasy. Basically, I love fantasy (if you couldn't already tell). It's my favorite genre, and I can't ever seem to get enough. I especially love fantasy in YA literature, because it's amazing and creative and wonderful, but not heavy and boring (like in adult fiction - in my opinion). Jodi Meadows masterfully creates the world in this book. Her writing is lush and rich, and her world-building is very thorough and imaginative. I had no problems picturing the towns, palace, and other locations in my mind. Wil is a very likable heroine. It was easy to root for her throughout the book, it was easy to see her side of things, it was easy to like her. She is brave and fierce, selfless and intelligent. I liked the way her mind works, the way she thought through things. She stood toe-to-toe with Patrick (the Aecor boy who saved her and other Aecor orphans), challenging his ruthless decisions. She never threw her title in any of the Ospreys' faces, but she always commanded authority when she felt necessary. She fought with Black Knife (the vigilante who has actually been killing wraith creatures, which is pretty noble). She pretended to be a dead noble for weeks, and did an excellent job of it. I really liked Wil, and I hope I continue liking her in this series! There are so many amazing secondary characters in this novel! Wil's best friend, Melanie, accompanies her to the palace, also a dead noble. I liked Melanie, though I definitely questioned her loyalty and her being at times. There was Black Knife, a masked vigilante who is curious about Wil, and always seems to find her. There is James, the prince's cousin and guard, who is a great friend to Wil. He's hilarious, and very flirtatious and sweet. There is the prince himself, who is (as Wil says) "sour". I liked him though. The Ospreys - the orphans from Aecor who are helping Wil reclaim her kingdom. So many well-written, three-dimensional characters that I loved. This book is broken up into three parts. Wil goes to the palace with Melanie, to obtain necessary information for their plans. But there are things that Wil is curious about, like wraith in Liadia. Wil goes to investigate the fallen Liadian barrier, hoping that no one at the palace will question her feigned illness. I love that there is more than one plot in this book, more than one story. Wil needs to sneak around the palace, to get information. Wil is trying to find out more about wraith and the wraithlands. Wil is also leaving the palace at night, and sometimes tangles with Black Knife (meaning they fight and threaten each other, and possibly kill wraith creatures every now and then). There is a lot going on in this book, so you can't get bored... you might get bored with one part of the story (probably not though), and there is another part of the story to pick you up! There IS romance in this book. I'm purposefully not saying much about the specifics, who is who. But I will say that I LOVE the romance. It's complicated, it's twisted, it's difficult - and what's new, when it comes to romance in fantasy novels? But there isn't a love triangle, there is no insta-love, and I have high hopes for the romance (though I probably should be more wary, for certain specific reasons). The ending is AWFUL. Awful as in awfully heartbreaking. I hate the ending, but it definitely adds to the story, and I see why the author chose to end this book in such a way. It's cliffhanger-y, so if you hate those, perhaps you might be better off waiting until closer to book two's publication (in 2016?!). But then, we'll probably have to wait for a book three... reading and waiting for books is so difficult! ****EDIT: the author confirmed that there will only be two books in this series - a duology! So, not too much waiting. What I Did Not Like: This book loses an entire star from me because of the ending. The cliffhanger is so mean. Like I said above, I get it, but... it's a heartbreaking ending. And so this book gets one less star. Sorry not sorry. Would I Recommend It: I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE! Fantasy lovers especially, but anyone who enjoys a well-written story (so like, all readers?). Just beware of the ending - it WILL break you. You might be better off waiting for a completed series (see my edit above though - there are only two books to this series!). But hey, I'm not trying to make anyone's decisions for them. I obviously couldn't wait to read this one, so, I'll just suffer quietly. Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars. Because of that ending. I love/hate it. I love this book though. It's definitely a favorite so far (despite not earning a 5-star rating), and I can't wait to read the novellas, and the sequel novel! In 2016. Ugh.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So enjoyable! Wilhelmina has secrets. She’s a member of a group called the Ospreys, a group of orphaned children who use their skill to steal and gain information. These children are all of noble birth, orphaned when the Indigo Kingdom overtook their homeland, and Wil, she’s the lost princess. Either of those secrets could land her in trouble but it’s the last that’s the most deadly. She has magic in a kingdom where magic is outlawed. Wil and her best friend Melanie plan to con their way into the Skyvale palace and gain the information needed for the first step to regaining their kingdom. But Melanie’s behavior gets more suspicious and there’s enemies lurking around every corner. Who can Wil trust? Her best friend? The Ospreys? If she’s discovered, she’ll likely be thrown out to be dealt with by The Black Knife vigilante, who hunts people like her. This was my first experience with a Jodi Meadows book, and it was one I was high anticipating since I’d first heard of the synopsis. I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. The lost princess from a fallen kingdom can be a popular trope in fantasy but there were so many elements added to the trope that I enjoyed that it didn’t matter to me. It was fast paced, which made for a very quick read, mostly because I didn’t want to put it down. Wilhelmina was a very interesting character. She didn’t start off the book as a weak character who had to grow strong, as can be typical. She could fight, she was someone people in her group looked up to, and there were many glimpses of a great queen-to-be in her. That didn’t mean she didn’t have her insecurities or flaws. The fact that she wasn’t the Ospreys’ leader made her question her ability to lead. She could be rash, especially with magic use. Ultimately, I really liked her character. The bond the group of Ospreys showed was something special. Connor was pretty adorable and hopefully the other Ospreys will get more time in later books. Melanie, Wil’s best friend, got the most time of the Ospreys since she accompanied Wil to the Skyvale palace. It was easy to see why they were so close. They could joke around and have fun then become serious in a second when it was time to work. I had my theory to why Melanie was behaving in such a way that seemed suspicious and though I was right, I liked that there were many options. It wasn’t completely clear. The other two character who got a lot of time were the prince, Tobiah, and his guard, James. I really liked them both. James was flirty and fun and caring. Tobiah was definitely more moody but he still had some great moments. Then there was the Black Knife. Wil kept running into the mysterious masked man who fought for justice. It was great to see their development go from enemies to not-so enemies to maybe allies. I did figure out who he was and I’m glad I was right. The plot moved along quite quickly. It started off with a lot of action, the Ospreys on a heist, and it never really stopped. Even when there wasn’t action in the sense of a sword fight happening, there was action in other ways. Wil and Melanie trying to fit in at the palace and get the information needed, Melanie’s suspicious behavior, Black Knife interactions. There was always so much going on. There was never a time when I forgot just how high the stakes were for Wil. One slip and it could mean her freedom, her kingdom, and maybe her life. The book set itself up nicely for the next one. There was a lot of mentions of the One-Day War that orphaned the Ospreys, the consequences of using magic, and even some prophecies about who will save the kingdom from the Wraith problem. And the ending….where is that next book?! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic fantasy and awesome heroine! Wilhelmina is the princess of a country that has been taken over by another kingdom. Exiled from her country, she along with orphans from the other noble families of her kingdom form a group called the Ospreys, where their primary objective is to reclaim Aecor and have Wilhelmina on the throne again. Right after the point that the sneak peek stops at, is where things start taking off and omg! Despite finishing the book, there are mysteries that have yet to be solved that leave you wanting to know what's happening. This series is a duology and I'm curious as to how things are going to be revealed in the next and final book. Wilhelmina is a badass. She kicks butt and is great at forgery as well. She does all these un-queenly things in order to get to her goal: reclaiming her kingdom. She and her group have been lead by Patrick, the son of the General Lien of Aecor and also the oldest, that Wil has deferred leadership to him though she is the queen. So while she may be trying to reclaim her throne, she's also undergoing a journey to find her path back to being the leader she was born to be. Black Knife is a vigilante in Indigo Kingdom who is notorious for capturing flashers, as magic users are called, and fighting the wraith monsters and glow men (people poisoned by the wraith) as well as all the other things a vigilante generally does. No one knows who he is as he keeps his face covered by a black mask. He presents as an obstacle to Wil, since she is a magic user and he captures them. However, he's super interesting (and kinda swoony tbh), especially since he keeps running into Wil and does nothing about her despite the fact that he calls her a criminal. I really love Black Knife. The plot is great. I always love a good "infiltrate the palace" plot line and of course, the whole thing with Wil being a princess and her badassery, as well as the whole wraith thing, makes it a whole lot more interesting. I cannot wait to find out what's going to happen next to Wil and the Ospreys, as well as Black Knife! The ending of this book is an emotional roller coaster that left me going, "WHAT JUST HAPPENED???" It's a cliff hanger for sure and I kind of NEED to know what's happening next. Thankfully, there will be novellas released in June on the origin of Black Knife to tide me over to 2016.
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic High Fantasy! So I read Jodi's other series and really enjoyed them but when I found out that Jodi was writing a high fantasy book I just knew I would have to read it! The books starts off fairly fast paced, with a robbery already in progress and never really slows down from there. Sometimes in fantasy books things can get slow and seem to stagnate but I never found that with this book. Sometimes I would have to force myself to put the book down at night so that I could actually get some sleep before school! I absolutely loved the characterization in The Orphan Queen, the main character Wilhelmina (or Wil) is a fantastically well rounded character who also has a lot of depth. I love how she isn't perfect, she makes mistakes but she handles those mistakes in a super interesting way. And Black Knife man, oh man, oh man (that's all I'll say about him! Don't want to spoil anything). Plus James (the prince's guard) and Prince Tobiah are also very interesting. I thought that the relationship between James and Wil was very interesting, and I actually loved how it was a platonic relationship between a man and a woman. I think we definitely need more opposite-gender friendships in books! (At least that's the way I saw it, others might have different thoughts) Overall I absolutely loved this book. It reminded me so much of the books that I read as a kid that made me really fall in love with reading. Fantasy was my first love but recently I haven't found as many fantasy that have that it factor in them. But this book definitely has it! I will warn you though, this is the kind of book that you will want to read without setting down (you'll just want to keep going) and the ENDING IS CRAZY! But I would highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, ya and/or wonderfully developed strong female characters
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED! Strongest female lead of the year! I have lost the ability to ‘even’ after finishing this book. I remember closing it, laying back and wondering how I was going to go on until the second book. Okay, that sounds dramatic but THAT ENDING GUYS! I knew, I had been told, that the ending was one of those endings but when I got to it, it hit me really hard! Jodi has once again, made a book that has made me fall in love with the world, and the characters. The world building in this, is absolutely fantastic. I love the kingdoms, and the concept of the mirrors. It was a picture that I had in my mind the entire time I was reading. The wraith land had to be one of my favorite scenes in the book. When Wil went in search of answers to that awful place so magically described, I could picture every part of it in my mind. Absolutely flawless. I’ve said it earlier, and I say it now, Wil is the strongest, independent, female lead to come out this year. Her determination and passion for her kingdom is something I devoured. A strong female is one of my favorite things about a book. Someone who takes action, and tries to save herself, rather then having someone else do it for her. Her love of her ospreys, and making sure they are safe is another quality of her I loved. She fought patrick about things she felt were right, and stood her ground. She never once felt sorry for herself. She has a rough past, but that in itself adds to her strength. There were some characters I was not to fond of, one of them being Patrick. I think people who read the book will agree, that later in the book, what he does, was shocking. I remember gasping so loud and thinking ‘Oh no, that did not just happen.’ I did not like his personality, and I feel in the second book, that something is going to happen surrounding him. It bothers me that Melanie tends to side more with Patrick then she does Wil. It bothers me SO much. I feel it had been my best friend, or a boy friend, I would 100% go with my best friend, after knowing what he did. Black Knife was amazing. He reminded me a lot of Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon, showing up to save the day and being all mysterious. I loved it. I loved it so much. I won’t giveaway who he is in this post, but it was between who he is and someone else I thought could be a possibility. I would have been happy with either! Over all, another home run by Jodi. My heart is broken, and the only way to fix it will be book two. However, the novellas coming out this year will help tie me over, but it won’t be the same. I can’t wait to have book two in my hands!
Date published: 2015-03-20

Editorial Reviews

THE ORPHAN QUEEN casts its spell from the first page. Exquisite, captivating and romantic —Jodi Meadows’s world forbids magic, but THE ORPHAN QUEEN is brimming with it. I loved this book!