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.
There are a lot of great things about this book. It has a very likable main character, Wil, who is strong and capable. I feel like I repeatedly say that characters were raw or realistic and what made them so, and I don't know exactly know what that element was with Wil...probably her passion for her friends and the people. I really liked her and was rooting for her the whole way through. Among the other characters there is her best friend, Melanie, whom I liked. The rest of her little bunch, the Ospreys, and the Black Knife who is a vigilante. He's also the love interest and a very fun character. I definitely enjoyed him a lot.
Although I guessed the identity of the Black Knife within the first few chapters of the book I still think that the plot is done very skillfully. There were some twists I began to see coming but then were drastically enhanced and everything with the Wraith, the magical force that's eating away at the land, was so fascinating and unpredictable. Speaking of the Wraith, all of the different kingdoms and the situation that this realm has fallen into was done very well and I found it very interesting.
Overall, I was very very happy with this book. I feel like the author has a calm writing style (a vibe I pick up on and call it calm, it may or may not be true) and at times her previous series was a tiny bit slow for me. However The Orphan Queen was so enticing and I read it very quickly once I got started. Both the world-building and plot were exciting and diverse, I thought the author did a great job with them. I cannot wait for the next book and I hope it will be released very soon so I can find out what will happen next! I'm giving The Orphan Queen 5 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.