Saturday, March 14, 2015

ARC Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (March 10, 2015)

Description: Adventure, intrigue, and romance combine in a new fantasy duology from Incarnate series author Jodi Meadows.

When Princess Wilhelmina was a child, the Indigo Kingdom invaded her homeland. Ten years later, Wil and the other noble children who escaped are ready to fight back and reclaim Wil's throne. To do so, Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate the Indigo Kingdom palace with hopes of gathering information that will help them succeed.

But Wil has a secret—one that could change everything. Although magic has been illegal for a century, she knows her ability could help her save her kingdom. But magic creates wraith, and the deadly stuff is moving closer and destroying the land. And if the vigilante Black Knife catches her using magic, she may disappear like all the others. . . .

The Orphan Queen delivers epic fantasy, perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

My Thoughts: I read this eARC from Edelweiss and sincerely hope that it was just a sampler and not the complete book. It ends quite abruptly at the end of chapter twelve. Here's what happens in those twelve chapters.

Wil and a crew of other orphaned survivors of the conquest of Aecor by the Indigo Kingdom. Wil watched her parents - the King and Queen - killed in front of her. She and other noble children were sent to an orphanage which they later escaped. They have been living on the streets of Skyvale and plotting the reconquest of their country. They are an accomplished band of thieves.

Also roaming the rooftops of Skyvale in the darkness is the masked Black Knife who is very curious about Wil and her gang. He fights against those who use magic and the creatures who have been infected with it. Wil is also fascinated with him but really wants to keep out of his way to protect the others in her gang.

A plot comes together and Wil and a friend go to the palace to learn more of what they need to regain their country. They are posing as nobles from a country recently overcome by wraith. Wil has magic which has been outlawed by the king who believes that it was the indiscriminate use of magic that caused the wraith to form and take over countries.  Wil's parents didn't believe that their use of magic had any bearing on the spread of wraith. Thus the conquest...

I'm curious to know what is going to happen next. I have some ideas about who is under that mask and want to know if I am right.

Favorite Quote:
What was I getting into? This had seemed like a good idea months ago when Patrick announced it. Now—now I was going to have to face the man who'd destroyed my kingdom, and the boy who was the reason.
I got this ARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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