Orphan Queen – Jodi Meadows – The Orphan Queen #1 – 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.
If this book finishes the way it starts, it’s going to be brilliant.
I have read only the first 12 chapters, but so far the plot is complex and engaging, the characters well developed and intriguing and the setting a well-built fantasy world.
Wil is the heir to the Aecor throne, or she was until the Indigo Kingdom invaded, murdered her parents and took her homeland for their own. Ten years later, Wil is one of the Ospreys, a group of Aecor orphans who are determined to take back Aecor and claim their birthrights. To do this, though, they must infiltrate the Indigo Kingdom palace and remain hidden from the vigilante Black Knife who hunts lawbreakers and magic users.
Magic, secrets, romance, spying and hidden identities, The Orphan Queen has all the makings of a fantastic fantasy adventure. I am very much looking forward to reading the full book.
Young Adult Fiction: ages 13 and up. Fantasy and Magic.
A copy of this book was provided by the publishers for reviewing purposes.
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