- Page Count: 391, 544
- Release Date: March 2015, April 2016
- My Rating: 3.5 for both
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.
Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies. HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.
HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.
HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.
In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.
I’m reviewing both of these at the same time because I read this duology back-to-back and can’t keep them separate.
These books reminded me a lot of The Young Elites at times with the vigilante royalty. I wasn’t entirely clear on the worldbuilding at first because they talk about how there were trains and factories hundreds of years ago, yet still live in castles lit with torches and ride carriages. But that turned out to be a fun aspect that gave this series a different feeling.
The Mirror King was more entertaining than the first book and had some great plot twists. It kind of felt like a watered down version of a really awesome plot, though… I just REALLY wish this could have been a trilogy. Interesting characters, backstories, and events weren’t able to be carried out to their full potential and felt a bit like plot devices that could’ve been so much more. What’s there is still fine!! I just liked it so much that I wish more time could have been spent in a lot of areas.
I just love Tobiah and Wil (and appreciated how their romance wasn’t the whole focus of the story). If you liked Ruined by Amy Tintera then check out this duology!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!