The Orphan Queen
Ten years ago the Indigo Kingdom conquered Aecor, Princess Wilhelmina’s homeland. Now she’s ready to take back her kingdom with the help of the Ospreys, a group of orphaned Aecor noble children led by the son of Aecor’s former general. In order to do so she must infiltrate the palace, fool the Indigo prince, hide her magic from everyone, and elude the vigilante Black Knife who hunts magic users. All in a day’s work, right?
Meadows does a phenomenal job building a fantasy world that sucks readers in. The story line is a page-turner until the very end. That said, the one area of weakness is the character building behind Princess Wilhelmina. While she is freakishly good at fighting and forgery, she is abysmal at commanding the loyalty of her Ospreys without the backing of her general’s son. At the same time, she also lacks the ability to engage the reader. Fortunately, characters such as the Black Knife are better fleshed out, and he’s much more complex than he first appears. Thanks to the Black Knife and Meadows’s deft touch with everything except Wilhelmina, readers will be on the edge of their seats for the next book.
|Katherine Tegen Books
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