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The Orphan Queen

On-Sale Date: April 05 2016
Format: Paperback, 416pp
ISBN# 9780062317391
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Price: $9.99

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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. . . .

I received an ARC of this book, and I am posting an honest review as a thank-you.

I wish that ER would allow for half-stars, because I'd give this one a solid 4.5.

While at first I felt that this plot could be a little derivative (someone infiltrating a castle to gather intel-- like the His Fair Assassin trilogy, a woman trying to take her rightful place on a throne-- The Lunar Chronicles, etc.), The Orphan Queen pleasantly surprised me. There were many unexpected moments, including one or two HUGE plot-points near/at the end, which gave this book incredible depth. One gets a real sense of the characters' personalities, even the ones who are mentioned very seldomly.

I think, for me, the most pleasant surprise of all is that I incorrectly predicted the identity of Black Knife. I was close, but wrong. That's something that I've not experienced in a little bit with some of my YA books.

The only reason that this wasn't a five-star review is that I'm becoming very picky about what I give a full five. There's a lot of competition out there, and it's becoming very difficult for me to add authors to the level of Laini Taylor, Kristin Cashore, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, and, of course, JK Rowling (who may never be beaten out as the absolute champion). The writing was very strong. I am VEEEERY excited about the next book in the series.

Lastly, I'm hung-over. I may have a "Tsundoku" (the Japanese word for a stack of unread books), but I have nothing to read now.

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