The Orphan Queen

The Orphan Queen

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062317384
Branch Call Number: TEEN MEA
Characteristics: 391 pages :,map ;,22 cm


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"Hidden identities, allusions to environmental concerns, a clever heroine with a worthy potential love interest, and some monster-mashing fight scenes elevate this romantic series opener. A cliff-hanger ending will have many readers exclaiming aloud their impatience at having to wait for the... Read More »

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Dec 23, 2018

A good read. Good character development and moves along well.

MelifluousView Oct 10, 2017

Wil's rooftop adventures made me happy. It was so fun to see her become her own person as she battled evil with Black Knife. One unique thing in this world was her voyage to determine whether magic was good or evil. I checked out the next book before I was half way through.

Jul 06, 2017

I admit, I guessed Black Knife's secret identity at chapter 7. Otherwise, it was a enjoyable book that I will definitely recommend.

Feb 12, 2017

I am in pieces. THE ORPHAN QUEEN is a beautiful book with deeply-entrancing characters and plot twists that zigzag where you didn't expect. That last page is the cliff of cliffhangers! I'm very excited to read the sequel THE MIRROR KING, when I'm able to pick up the pieces of my broken heart. I loved everything about this book! The world-building was fantastic and I think Wil's calligraphy skill was very cool! Recommend this book 1000x along with the prequel novellas of this series.

Jun 23, 2016

Great start to this duology!

Loved Wil and Black Knife and can't wait to see what happens next!

Nov 24, 2015

I couldn't put this book down. I loved the characters and story. I can't wait for book two.

Sep 22, 2015

Incredible and awe-inspiring. I loved this book from the very beginning. It drew me in with the promise of magic, hidden identities, fighting, and ultimate spying. I was not disappointed. This book was all that and so much more. I loved it loved it loved it. From the imminent doom of the wraith, to the fear and uncertainty of Wil's power usage, to the mysterious and complicated relationship with a certain vigilante. I can't get enough of this series. I want Mirror King to be out so bad!!!!

Aug 27, 2015

It gets off to a slow start, but once you get into it, you won't be able to put it down, I know that I couldn't. Good thing there are novellas being released that will help to tide you over until April 5th when the sequel comes out!

May 21, 2015

YA Fantasy is a new genre for me. I wasn't until this last year that I even realized it was a genre I loved. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows is like other books I have read. I learned that fantasy books don't always start out with fast paced reading. It's all about setting up the scene. The authors seem to want you to completely understand what is going on in the fantasy world. What it was like, what made it change, how it changed the people of the land, and what is being threatened for the future. Once a reader understand that, they can really get into the book. It is my experience that unlike thrillers, mysteries, or dystopians, fantasy books don't start out with lots of action. The Orphan Queen is about a fallen princess. Her former kingdom fell and her parents were murdered in front of her by another kingdom. She now lives like a poor orphan child, disguising her real name and who she is from most and pretty much being a criminal so that she can gather the tools and people to one day take back her crown and kingdom. I REALLY want to discuss this book in detail. I finished it around 1am last night and had dreams about it! I won't be giving away any details and hints thought. There are so many little secrets that fill this book I don't want to spoil it for any of you! The book ended in a HUGE cliffhanger. Normally that would really bother me, but for some reason the "ending" to this was very fitting. The only downfall to this book is that I now have to wait an entire year for the second book to come out. The author did leave us some novellas to tide us over until the next book release. So look for those!


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Aug 06, 2016

Oh, nameless girl. When will you learn to trust me?

Jun 27, 2016

Women are constantly underestimated. Women can be just as cunning and clever as men, and oftentimes are. Our triumph is simply overlooked or unnoticed, because men do not expect it or know to look for it... Use your perceived insignificance to your advantage.


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Jun 26, 2016

Wil is a princess in hiding. Working with her fellow orphans, she tries to amass an army to take back her kingdom.

With her best friend Melanie and some forged documents, they become refugees from the kingdom of Liadia. While there, their mission is to find whatever information that will be helpful to their rebellion.

Complicating things is the vigilante known as Black Knife. When he saves Wil's life, she starts to see that not everything is as she's thought. And when she travels to the wraithland, she starts to wonder what lines she's actually willing to cross in order to win back her kingdom

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