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.
The Orphan Queen was absolutely phenomenal, from beginning to end. I would like to point out that I had read part one of the book a couple of months ago thanks to Edelweiss, but this was my first time reading past that point. Also, I want to give a huge thank you to Sajda for loaning me the ARC. Okay, now I’ll go back to actually reviewing the book.
Have you ever read a book that is so perfect that you don’t know how to review it? That pretty much sums up The Orphan Queen for me. I loved the characters, the setting, the secrets, the suspense, and everything else in between! The main character is Wilhelmina (Wil), an orphan princess who leads a group of children called the Ospreys. When she was little, her kingdom was destroyed by the wraith and the Indigo Kingdom, but she (and the Ospreys) managed to escape. Ever since then, they have all been trying to survive in any way that they can, even if it means stealing.
One day, Wil and her best friend Melanie decide that it is time for their plan to finally be put into action. They both go to the castle, and pretend to be refugees from Liadia, a land that was destroyed/taken over by the wraith. As they stay in the castle, Wil had to be extremely careful not to arouse any suspicion, even if it meant partaking in conversations or activities that she didn’t feel like doing. This led for some extremely funny moments, because Wil’s actions said one thing, while her thoughts said something completely different. It was absolutely hysterical. I actually loved the fact that Wil kept sneaking around, and I was rooting for her the entire way.
I really connected with Wil in a way that was very special- I admired her values. Everything that Wil did was for her fallen kingdom. She valued loyalty above almost everything, which really spoke to me. It isn’t often that raw, pure loyalty is infused in a character, so it made for a special treat. But that wasn’t the only reason why I admired Wil- she had many other characteristics that made me in awe of her. One in particular was her determination. She wasn’t afraid to do anything, so long as it was for a good cause. She wasn’t reckless in the sense that she would do something daring for no reason, yet she wasn’t afraid to beat any challenge that stood in her way. I wish that I had half the determination that Wil had.
While Wil was a phenomenal character, she wasn’t the only character who I enjoyed reading about. I loved James, the prince’s cousin and Black Knife, a character who is too special to attempt describing. I do not think that I could describe Black Knife in a way that would do him justice, so I will just say this. You NEED to read this book so that you can meet him, Wil, and the rest of the characters.
In addition to the characters, I loved the plot twists hidden inside of The Orphan Queen. Sure, there were two big ones that I guessed correctly, but there were many more that I did not see coming whatsoever. Especially that ending… Jodi, if you’re reading this, that was so cruel! There were many bloggers on Twitter who warned me about the ending- there even is a support group for the ending. But, with that being said, I read this book on my vacation and I had no one to help me as I read the ending, went into shock, then read it again because I didn’t think that I read it correctly the first time.
Everyone, you must all read this book. I promise, it will be worth it! I give this book 5/5stars.