06 June, 2015

#BookReview :: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows

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.

Wilhelmina Korte is the princess of the fallen kingdom of Aecor. The Indigo Kingdom had taken over Aecor and left behind a lot of orphans. Together with the other children of the Aecor, Wil plans on reclaiming her throne. Their rebel group may be small, inexperienced and the threat of the wraiths are great. But Wil, along with her best friend Melaine, manages to infiltrate the castle. Wil has a secret weapon though – her magic. But with it being the last resort, will it be enough? Or are the Ospreys in over their heads?

I had heard a lot of chatter on the internet about this book that lead me to pick it up. I have to admit the premise of the story sounded interesting too. But I am somewhat disappointed with the book.

First of all, none of the leading characters made an impression on me. Wilhelmina lacked the spark that is a must have for all protagonists. Though she showed some spunk time-to-time, her over all development lacked the x-factor. I could not really get behind her as she tried her best to reclaim her kingdom. Rest of her Osprey member failed to make an impression. The only character that I did like is a masked vigilante by the name of Black Knife. He certainly has some spunk! Another likeable character was that of prince Tobiah’s cousin James. However, the world building in this book is awesome. I loved the basic concept that the world is based on. Though very predictable, the plot is quite interesting. I couldn’t really figure out how Wil and Black Knife’s roles would intersect or evolve even though it felt inevitable. The narration style and language used is quite appealing. And what do I say about the cliffhanger ending…?!

End of the day, this is an average fantasy series, especially if you have been reading this genre for quite some time. I will be sure to pick up the second book in the installment to find out what happens next.

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