The Orphan Queen is the first for me. I’ve read plenty of fantasy books and I’ve read plenty of rebellion books and I’ve read plenty of both books combined. But this fantasy and rebellion book was different. You have your usual magic users, kings and queens, and successions and those trying to take back a kingdom. But the reason for the torn apart kingdoms was because of something called the wraith, which was born out of using magic. Huh. Interesting.
Wilhelmina is the lost princess of the land of Aecor. Ten years ago, she was involved in the One Night War where the Indigo Kingdom attacked hers because her parents kidnapped the crown prince Tobiah. He saved her that night, while her parents were killed. Those other children who survived have gone on to form a group called the Ospreys that are trying to get Wil back to her throne. To do so they have a long plan that involves Wil and her friend Melanie infiltrating the Indigo Palace as refugees from a land that has already fallen to the wraith. But while there she can’t complete her mission, not while she learns the truth about what really happened that night and what is out there that could save them all from the incoming wraith.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the concept. I liked the characters. But the execution was a little shaky. There were sections of this book that I just skimmed through because they were very dry and trying to get everyone’s name straight was a pain. But it was still rather enjoyable. Wil is a strong female character, but she also has her moments of weakness, which is wonderful. I didn’t care for the prince at the beginning but he grew on me in the end, especially when it’s revealed whom he really is. The Black Knife reminded me a lot of Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon, with his dressing all in black and a mask. I was really hoping that Wil was going to be interested in him, or the prince’s cousin James. Who knew that the Black Knife was actually the prince though? My money was on James. Patrick – Wil’s friend and leader of her army – was the most intriguing villain because he acted like Wil’s friend at first, but he slowly showed his true colors with his plan to become Wil’s king, striking Wil and then killing the king.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. It was an okay book that had its interesting moments. I liked the flirtation/friendship that the Black Knife and Wil had. But I really wished that he hadn’t turned out to be the prince. Although, I have a feeling that this is going to have some kind of impact on the next book, especially with that ending!
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