Summary (from 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.
Why I read it: I read Jodi Meadow's first trilogy and really enjoyed it. It felt a little more science fiction than fantasy (which worked for the story), so I wasn't really sure what to expect with her next series. In short: I loved it.
ZOMG Yes! There's so much I want to say about this book--characters I loved, relationships I fell for, downfalls I didn't expect but that worked so well. From the magic system to the consequences to the descriptions of this fantasy world, this book far exceeded my expectations. But I can't really get into much of it without spoiling the story.
So this is what I'll say. One of my favorite YA fantasy series ever is Throne of Glass, and to me The Orphan Queen was very much in that vein. From our cast of characters to our badass heroine (which I misspelled as heroin on the first draft of this blog post because Christmas I guess), this is the kind of fantasy I can get into and then promote the hell out of.
kthxbai So if you like YA fantasy and if you like awesome stories, you really should pick up this book. I'd say it's up there with my favorite fantasies (and as you all know, I read a lot of fantasy).