Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Published: March 10th, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
read in: April, 2015

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fantasy • young adult

“If only I’d been born then, it sounded like a better world than this one.”

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.


Princess.. Spy.. Threat..

God! Celaena, I misse.. Umm.. Sorry, I thought you were someone else. *awkwardly smiling* Oh, I know! You’re Mare Barrow right? No? Ahh.. yes, right. You are Wilhelmina, the fallen Aecor’s princess, the hope to the remaining Ospreys. Nice meeting you!

Since fantasy has been a true-craze-forming in the YA world, I found this book a bit similar to what I’ve read before. I mean obviously this book wasn’t bad at all, it just lacks the additional characteristic to its story which was certainly being overshadowed by most of YA fantasy that was already out there. The idea of making the plot about a princess to crawl up to the top and take back the throne is just really common and predictable about what YA fantasy mostly revolves around. Well it wasn’t wrong (obviously) but at least there has to be stronger point that differentiate it with what was already out there.

The world building was also lacking. There were some history being mentioned at certain pages but felt like too rushed in a dialog and narratives that it somehow gave the impression that it was being added at a very last minute of the writing. It already had a very good thing about involving magic in the story, but that was it. All we know that the world had magic before but than it has been banned due to its side effect. And the fact that there are no people gifted with magic that mentioned in the story beside the main heroine is just nonsense.

The characters building was poor that I just can’t relate to.  First, Wil and then there’s Tobiah. Wait. Why does his character was masked into a really boring robot. For what? Was it just me or there were really true motives behind it? You’re the Prince! At least pretend yourself as a womanizer or something else rather than being a statue in your own kingdom, it’s so distracting that he doesn’t even want to try.  Even when he was alone with Wil he kept being that boring Prince. We also have the mysterious Black Knife. His character was ‘okay’ and probably add a bit of fun to the story. But overall, I will probably rooting to read a story about James or even Lady Chey than those above. The two is just waaaay better.

The romance.. How can I relate to whatever romance there was there if I can’t even relate to the characters? (Probably James’ romance would’ve been better)

The entire spying and planning the Osprey’s were doing, was there even a real true plan there? Okay, I mean yes they have spies in the Terrel’s kingdom but what was their true purpose there? To draw the map of the castle? And than what about the other people of Aecor that were being drafted? Why haven’t they appear until’ the end? Did they got lost  on their way back?

The story was quite predictable. Until that end part. Wow. Was that it? So much for all the planning and arguing, huh?

I know the ending was a bit cliff-hanger but I didn’t care (I even just realize it right now). My mind was so disappointed and filled with shock with what happened before it (which shut down the adrenaline rush I thought was about to happen) that I didn’t even care whether it was a cliff-hanging ending or not.

Again, this book WAS NOT BAD, it’s just not the book for me If you were just recently starting to pick up fantasy and add to your pile of book, you probably will found this as a great book. Finally, the most important question, will I be reading the second book? Well since this book was ‘okay’ and I’m quite the always-give-a-second chance kind of person, I’m sure  I will read the second installment. 🙂




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