Here is the summary of the book:
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.
Fantasy I love, Epic Fantasy I adore and Jodi Meadows' The Orphan Queen had everything to look forward to. There is magic. Mystery. Intrigue. Kingdoms at war/ The approach of the end. Betrayal. Romance and most of all a great cast of characters to boost off. Utter perfection, Meadows' writing is as usual fantastic. I so wish there were more books in the series instead of it being the first of a duology and another coming soon. But holy hell this book is worth it all.
Wilhelmina Korte is the Orphan Princess-Queen of Aecor. She and her ragtag Osprey's fight to take back their conquered kingdom and if they have to impersonate dead people to do it then so be it. Getting inside information. Integrating with enemies or anything useful for taking back Aecor. But the vigilante Black Knife and the Wraiths prove more than the requisite hurdles in their paths. And the author has created just the perfect world to set her tale upon as well.
Wil was a great heroine. She is brave, selfless, and intelligent. Knows to be fair to all and has the ingenious ability of thinking on her feet. Most of all she exudes loyalty from those around her. Melanie had questionable loyalty and the Black Knife proved much to curious about Wil and Prince Tobiah was according to Wil 'sour'. Every character bringing something to the table, well written and hidden among so many layers. Romance is there too, won't go into specifics, although it is quite predictable once you have read through to a portion of the book. But i'll only say this - Poor Wil!
Then the author just had to leave us all high and dry with that awful cliffhanger ending. The wait for 'The Mirror King' is definitely gonna be a pain. But in a sense I do appreciate it even if it was heartbreaking. I recommend it guys, try this if you love fantasy or post apocalyptic or just - like to experience a well written book, then definitely give this book a shot.
"A vividly intriguing fantasy in a vividly intriguing world"