The Orphan Queen

Paperback | April 5, 2016

byJodi Meadows

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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. . . .

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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 year...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062317393

ISBN - 13:9780062317391


Rated 2 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 391 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 2 Warning! This review contains Throne of Glass spoilers. You have been warned. In a world where the reader has no understanding of how the magic works and no information is given on the strange mythological creatures, there lived a princess. This is no ordinary princess, however, for she befriended the child of her enemy and promptly watched her parents be killed days/weeks/months later. Now an orphan, she is tricked by a controlling jerk that provides her with shelter. It is with the help of the controlling jerk that she learns to fight, be a criminal, and have no personality whatsoever. One day, she for whatever reason enters the home of her enemy in disguise and plots his murder (it is always the King of another land). Alas, our heroine (who hasn’t really done anything substantial or even mildly interesting at this point) falls in love with her enemy’s spawn (and possibly his best friend while she’s at it), but they can’t be together because it’s too complicated. I forgot to mention that everyone is really attractive and that the princess is super jealous of all other females. Anyway, there is also a ban on magic in this world, but that sucks for our main character because she, naturally, has very rare and powerful magic, because why not have the main character be beautiful, extremely powerful, smart, brave, etc. and still be jealous of other women. Time for a game. Which book is this a summary of? Is it: a) The Orphan Queen b) Throne of Glass c) Any other YA fantasy book If you said any of the above answers, you are correct. Is there no originality in YA fantasy anymore? For instance, why is our main character always super special? Why do they always fall in love with their enemy? If our long lost, powerful, stunning, princess is really as smart and wonderful as you have made her out to be, why is she making out with the guy who watched his dad kill her parents? Why is the plot so damn predictable? Why is magic always banned? Throne of Glass finally explained why magic was banned near the end of the fourth book, while The Orphan Queen explained the ban on magic with something the book never really explained. Also, I’m so done with the princess being skilled with weaponry and never actually killing anything or not killing anything without the help of a mysterious suitor. Assassins, even ones with sad stories, are supposed to kill things. Assassins aren’t likable, that’s how it goes when you murder people for a living (sorry, even the masterpiece that was Queen of Shadows can’t stop me from ranting about the first book. Back to The Orphan Queen). Wilhelmina isn’t that great of a character and her unoriginal story is hard to call heart-wrenching. This book just isn’t anything new and it doesn’t really bring anything innovative to the overused story, but it’s not a terrible book if you enjoy repetitive fantasy. Overall, you should skip The Orphan Queen and just read Throne of Glass instead because Queen of Shadows is amazing. Also, even though I give The Orphan Queen 2 stars out of 5, I’ll probably still read the sequel.
Date published: 2016-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic 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 5 out of 5 by from I loved this one. Oh 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 -- a bit more at my book blog, Carina's Books :)
Date published: 2015-08-07

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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!