Welcome, welcome, to the next stop in The Orphan Queen Blog Tour.
I cannot tell you guys how much I loved, loved, loved this book. Wait, yes I can, ESPECIALLY since half of this stop involves a review. Woohoo! Let's start the show!
Title: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Published: March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
"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."
Thoughts: First off, thank you Jodi for reminding me of how much I simply adore fantasy novels. This book has it all- a beautifully sculpted world, a lovable herione, and a brooding, enigmatic guy who you'll want to pounce. ROAR!
First off, the title pretty much explains the book in a nutshell. Wilhelmina is the orphan princess of Aecor who must fight to overtake the kingdom that was taken from her. She only survived, because she pretended to be someone else. Since this worked before, the Ospreys decide to send Wil and her bestie Melanie back to the palace to spy and hopefully figure out a way to take Aecor back. Along the way, Wil begins to question this decision and those she trusts most. Is this the life she wants to fight for or should she simply move on?
Okay, can we please talk about what a badass Wil is? Often, when you hear the word "princess", you think of pretty dresses, proper, good manners, etc. Wil is so much more than that. Most kings and queens sit back and let their soldiers fight for them. Not Wil. She could kick all of our butts and still have time to grab a mani/pedi before lunch. As far as strong heroines go, she's the cream of the crop. She's also very humble. Sure she's the future queen, but that doesn't make her their leader. Wil feels like being queen and ruling is something she has to earn, and I cannot tell you how much this makes me respect her as their rightful queen and a person.
Next up, I cannot write this review without mentioning the Black Knife at least five or six hundred times. I loved how much he grew throughout the novel, especially with Wil by his side. He originally thought all magic was criminial and should be punished, but the more time he spent with Wil, the broader his views began to grow. He's strong, hot, and just oozing charm to the point where I wanted to jump inside the book and hug him. I could say he's swoon worthy, but that would be an understatement. Can we please have an "adult" novel that revolves around the Black Knife? Pretty please?
Overall, I devoured THE ORPHAN QUEEN and recommend it over and over again. It reminds me of a mixture between GRACELING, THRONE OF GLASS, and A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC (a great combination!). I personally cannot wait for the sequel and once you read the book, you'll see why.
“I was going to have to face the man who'd destroyed my kingdom, and the boy who was the reason.”
“'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.”
“'Try to be polite.'
'I'm always polite.'
'You're always eyeing people's valuables. That's hardly polite.'”
Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, 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. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com
*a Kippy is a cat
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3/9 - Good Choice Reading
3/10 - The Irish Banana Review
3/11 - Reading W/ABC's
3/12 - Icey Books
3/13 - Alice Marvels
3/16 - No BS Book Reviews
3/17 - Supernatural Snark
3/18 - Book Shelfery
3/19 - Addicted 2 Novels (Me, duh!)
3/20 - Mundie Moms
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