Series: The Orphan Queen #1
Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Katherine Tegen (3.10.2015)
ARC, 400 pages
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.
Sadly I didn’t quite love this one like everyone else did. I do see the appeal, but the lack of connection to the story killed it for me. *sobs* I wanted so badly to love it, but I just didn’t.
It was still a beautiful story, though – Jodi Meadows rocks at creating unique and intriguing worlds! I loved the magical aspect of the story, and the concept of the Wraith was pretty cool. That was definitely the selling part of this story. The Wraithland was my favorite part!
James and Black Knife were the only characters I really cared about. I couldn’t connect to Wil and I didn’t care about any of the Ospreys. But I kind of loved Black Knife! I felt an attachment to him from the beginning, an attachment that I didn’t feel for any of the other characters. (Except for James. I think he was my favorite!) View Spoiler »I wanted Black Knife to be James so, SO bad!! It kind of ruined it for me when I found out it was Tobiah because I didn’t like him at all as the prince. « Hide Spoiler Learning Black Knife’s true identity killed some of the mystery and intrigue surrounding him, and some of my affection was lost I’m afraid. It makes me really sad :(
I did like the fact that Tobiah and Wil kind of shaped each others’ childhoods. She says at one point that his kindness toward her when she was younger had kept her human over the years. Then later, he says that she thought he was worthy of saving – so he strived to live up to that. That dynamic was very interesting!
I enjoyed the idea, but the lack of feeling on my part ruined it for me. I was also underwhelmed by the ending that everyone was RAVING about. View Spoiler »I mean, I see where they’re coming from, but I just didn’t care that Tobiah was “dying.” I know he’s not going to die, so it’s not much of a cliffhanger for me. I cared much more when James was shot! If James had been the one dying at the end of the story instead of Tobiah, then I probably would have been as outraged as everyone else, ha. « Hide Spoiler The story was good, but not memorable. It won’t stick in my head, I’m afraid. And this makes me really upset! I really enjoyed Incarnate and Jodi is an awesome person. It seriously sucks that this one didn’t meet my expectations. I will definitely still read The Mirror King, though!
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5