Friday, 20 April 2018

Series Review - The Orphan Queen and the Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen Duology

By Jodi Meadows

A Duology | The first book was published on March 10 2015 and the second on April 5 2016
Young Adult | Fantasy


My rating - Mixed feelings

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.

I was super excited to find this series in my local library, as I'm never not a fan of stories about kings and queens. The Orphan Queen series was an okay read. The pace of the story was fast enough, the world interesting - albeit the building of it was not the greatest - and the characters enjoyable.

My most-liked part of this series was definitely the romance. I loved reading about the connection between Wilhelmina and her love interest, and I was anxious to find out what would happen between them. Although I must admit I did feel disappointed with the romance in the second book, it just wasn't as good as it was in the first book. I would also like to mention that I didn't appreciate the way the second book handled the 'obstacle' - for lack of a better word - between the love interests. In my opinion it felt like a shortcut and was hastily done. I actually felt bad for *spoiler* (highlight to read) Meredith. 

This was definitely something that this series was lacking in. I've always believed that the side characters in a book are just as important as the main character. They add depth and often help to showcase the protagonists personality. Unfortunately, I felt that the side characters in this series, except for Black Knife, didn't add anything of much value to the Orphan Queen series.

In relation to what I've just mentioned, although Wilhelmina did say how much she cared for her friends, I never actually 'felt' it. There wasn't much of a connection between Wilhelmina and her friends. In fact if she hadn't specifically mentioned in the book that she cared for them, I honestly wouldn't have even thought about it. But this is not to say that Wilhelmina was an uncaring character in any way, she did care, but her emotions were more of something that was said to let the reader know and not something that was implied, and something that I 'felt.' Am I making sense? I hope I'm getting my point across here, haha.

In conclusion, Despite the not so great world-building and other certain things, the first book was an enjoyable and easy-going read, but unfortunately I didn't like the second book as much because I thought the ending of the series was lacking for me. The story was interesting as well as the main characters and setting. There wasn't anything in this series that I particularly hated, however, there also wasn't anything that made me completely fall in love with it either. I very quickly realized that the majority of the reason I was sticking around to read the end of this series was for the romance, think of that as what you will.

To be honest probably not as unfortunately It lacked any distinctive uniqueness that made it stand out among the sea of many for me.

As always, if you're reading this, thanks for sticking around towards the end. Leave me a comment if you've read this book, if so what did you think?

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