Friday, May 11

Review: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
Jodi Meadows

Published By: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Date Read: April 3, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 391

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.

"I wasn't concerned, but I was thinking that the fastest way to get your mind off him and on me would be to tell you something truly appalling about him."

Wow! There are literally no words I have that can ever explain my love and adoration for this book! I am a huge fan of YA Fantasy. It's my favourite genre and I read so many of them but I have never come across one that has stole my attention and heart so fast. This is my first Jodi Meadows novel and I am sad I haven't read her stuff before now because this book was absolutely incredible.

Jodi Meadows is such a fantastic author. She weaves an incredible spell with her storytelling. Right from the very first page I was completely taken away with this storyline. I could not put this book down and that really is a testament to her fantastic storytelling, world building and characterisation. I read a lot of YA Fantasy books and I usually find the first book in a series quite slow in terms of the storyline as a lot of it is taken up by worldbuilding. I don't know if it's because I  read the prequel novellas first but I did not find this was the case at all with The Orphan Queen. This is one of the most unputdownable books I have ever come across.

I absolutely loved following Wil's story. She is such a fantastic character and the more I read the more I fell in love with her. She grows so much throughout the course of the book and goes from a princess who is listening to others about what to do to get her kingdom back to a queen who will fight for what she believes in. Seriously all of the characters in this book are incredible. I loved them all... even the king who I didn't like in the prequel novellas at all, I saw a different side to him and started to like him.

The Orphan Queen is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated fantasy novels. There's a lot of hype around so many YA Fantasy novels and I just never really hear much about this one but I felt like this is one of the best ones out there. I loved every single moment of it and I would definitely say it's probably my favourite YA Fantasy book so far.

If you're a fan of fantasy books that have incredible characters and are filled with action and romance then this is a book you do not want to miss. I will most definitely re-read this one over and over and I cannot get enough of it. I can't wait to continue and see what is going to happen next. I highly recommend any fantasy fan to read The Orphan Queen.

"They loved me, and that love doesn’t go away just because they’re gone"

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