Saturday, 24 January 2015

Review: {sampler} The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)The Orphan Queen

Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen
Pages: 400
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date:

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This is a review of the sampler that was on edelweiss, Part 1 of the complete book.

The Orphan Queen so far has everything I tend to enjoy in a Fantasy YA novel - betrayals, conspiracies and kick butt action; it is a wonderful start to the series.

Our MC is Wilheminia Korte, the heir to the Aecor throne, a kingdom that was invaded and every living adult in the place slaughtered. Aecor forced other kingdoms into signing a no-magic agreement in an effort to curb the wraith – a toxic form of magic. 

Wil is an illegal magic user and one of the Ospreys, a small group of orphans who are determined to reclaim Aecor. She is an interesting heroine, full of snark, passion and with a great wit she was extremely likeable. The side characters were each interesting, I am curious about Black Knife and I look forward to finding out more about him.

The world-building so far in the Orphan Queen is complex but was done well, I was intrigued by the differing worlds, the magic and the unique wraith; it came together well and made for an interesting read but there was a lot of information to take in in such a small amount of time.

Overall, The Orphan Queen has a fresh new world with an engaging plot. I am looking forward to reading the complete book when it is released.


  1. Urgh! I hate samplers, they can be so misleading when you request a title. Why oh why do publishers insist on doing this to us!? I'm surprised that you even bothered reviewing it. Normally I skip 'em altogether. At least you made out ok overall.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  2. Ick a sampler..why? It sounds good and I am glad you enjoyed what you have read so far.


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