(The Orphan Queen, #2)
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 544 pages
Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.
HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.
HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.
HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.
In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.
This review is going to be short, it's going to be sweet and it's going to get to the point. There is not much I can say about this book without spoiling it so I'd rather not say much at all. I want each and every one of you to experience this book the way I did; clear minded with excitement, anticipation and most importantly, the unknown. We all know that the cliffhanger was brutal and this book dives right in where The Orphan Queen left off. The first line of this book says a lot; it's probably one of my favorite lines from the entire book.
There is so much growth in Wil in this book; we saw some of it in The Orphan Queen but the way she matures in this book is astonishing. I feel for her, I respect her and more importantly, I support her. Fictional character or not, she feels real and the feelings you have toward her, toward her goal of ruling Aecor are real; there's no denying this.
James. He's one of the my favorite people and favorite things about this book. Hell, he's one of my favorite people of this entire series. He is a true and loyal friend through and through. Another person who surprised me was the wraith boy. He's fascinating in so many ways; terrifying, as well.
This book is filled to the brim with action, tension, drama and moments that make your heart hurt. This book is everything I'd want in a fantasy book (and some aspects, more than I could've hoped for).
My only negative thing about this book is I wish there were a few more chapters or at least, if anything, an Epilogue. I really feel like it was missing that and especially with how popular epilogues are - I was disappointed the ending was so abrupt. This, out of the entire book, was my only complaint.
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.