I read The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows at the end of 2015, which was way before I even started my blog! I didn’t love it as much as I do now but I found myself falling in love with the story in anticipation of its sequel. I never read it again, but it was still one of my all time favourite books. Without spoiling anything, the OTP of this book is the OTPs of OTPs. If that makes sense, ha! Anyway, I finally took some time to reread the book, so better late than never: here’s my spoiler free review.
“The best mask is a face no one will remember.”
Books can often disappoint when you’re reading them for the second time, but that was not the case at all! I admit I forgot quite a few things so it was almost as if I was reading it for the first-ish time. I decided to mark all my favourite parts and lines and conversations with sticky notes, and the edges now look almost completely blue! Jodi Meadow’s writing is absolutely wonderful. Her world building is incredible as well. It’s not super special or anything, but I just love the names and titles she uses like Skyvale (which sounds super futuristic) and Aecor! And I loved the “Ospreys” as a group name. That was pretty cool. Also: radiants, flashers and glowmen! I love how “easy” the names are to remember, yet feel otherworldly at the same time.
As for the characters: I never really look into characters well enough for my liking. I’d have something to say like “Oh I love him/her!” but I can never really say why. This time around, that’s different. I can tell you I love Wilhelmina/Wil because she looks after her Ospreys and really cares for them. She knows which lines she will and will not cross for her Kingdom and stands up for herself when people don’t agree with her. And she’s a little sarcastic at times, which I absolutely love. I could go on and on about why I think she’s one of my favourite main characters. But I won’t, because there’s still Black Knife to talk about.
Oh, my god. I love him SO MUCH. Also his name now cracks me up because I read something like “Black Dagger” in a review, hehe!) You’d think the excitement of knowing who’s behind the mask makes the story boring or less interesting, but it doesn’t. In all honesty, I believe it makes it better. Because that person plays a huge role in the story and this person has two completely different personalities! It’s hard to talk about without giving away spoilers, but it’s incredible! I still remember being blown away by the revelation of the person behind the mask, and even reading it the second time make me gasp!
I do have some questions after my reread, though. It’s something I didn’t realise at first and now I’m like “What???” It doesn’t really bother me, cause I was able to come up with my own theories and explanations, but I’m like, taken aback by this realisation? Anyway, it’s okay since this book is absolutely wonderful and nothing can change my mind, hehe! If you’d like to know what my question was, check out Goodreads!
The Orphan Queen is one of my all time favourites so I cannot give it any less than five stars! I feel like so many people in the bookish community don’t know about this book and that’s such a shame! Go read this book, you guys! And then lets discus it afterwards! Also, spoilery stuff in my Goodreads review, as always!
You can also read my review of The Mirror King!
About The Orphan Queen
An epic fantasy filled with adventure, intrigue, and romance from Incarnate series author Jodi Meadows. This duology is perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
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. . . .
Have you read the Orphan Queen yet?