Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Age range: 14 and up
Grade level: 9 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (March 10, 2015)
Source: Sample from publisher via Edelweiss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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.
I’m not sure what to think or say about this book. I only had part of it, so I don’t know how it ends and that is definitely a factor in my indecisiveness.
The story reminded me a lot of Red Queen (among other YA novels), and it took a long time before anything happened. There was a major info dump at the beginning that nearly killed any enthusiasm I had for the story. Some things weren’t explained very well in spite of the info dump, but it did get better as it went along. If I could have read the whole book, I would have a more defined opinion on it.
The bottom line is that I don’t know what to think. I say give it a try and see if you like it. It has potential.
Source: I received a sample of this book from the publisher. This did not affect my opinion in any way.