Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fantasy is the type of genre that, in theory, I should love impartially, but I find myself borderline too picky most of the time. It's very hit or miss with me, but when it does manage to hit, it hits hard. I've been on the lookout lately for an awesome fantasy novel to crave…and I think I might have found it. Only problem? The release date. 

Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows (Twitter)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date: March 10, 2015
Genre: YA, High Fantasy
Pages: 400

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
Yes. Freaking. Please. It sounds like The Orphan Queen has everything that I want in a fantasy novel - romance, power, magic and a whole lot of adventure to boot. Plus, Wilhelmina sounds like the type of protagonist that I could totally root for, especially if their adventures are dangerous and threaten their loyalties. Clearly, this is the type of fantasy book that I long for, and I'll be eagerly anticipating its release…forever. What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature from Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. Characters with knives/daggers/swords/sharp things tend to be pretty BA, and I'm sure this protagonist will be no exception. Plus it's a Jodi Meadows books, so consider me excited! Great pick!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  2. This sounds so awesome! I can't get enough of these fantasy releases, there seems to be quite a few already out/coming out and as a lover of fantasy it pleases me, ahah. :D

  3. OMG, yes. I'm totally with you on this one. A princess spy trying to take back her kingdom? YES, PLEASE NOW! *grabby hands*

  4. Yesss! I just added this one to my TBR list last week. I love a good high fantasy and this one sounds like it is going to be awesome. Great pick, Melissa!

  5. I'm very excited to read this book too, Melissa. I love a good fantasy novel too and this sounds so perfect! I agree that the main character sounds brilliant!
    Lovely pick, Melissa! :)

  6. Niiice! Seeing a lot of this one today! Hope you enjoy it too!

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    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. Ohh this sounds awesome, just added it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing, hope you love it!

    Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

  8. Oh yes!! This has to be one of my most awaited books for next year and right now the most awaited one that is not part of an ongoing series!!
    Great pick!

  9. I didn't know the cover for this was released! I wasn't a fan of Meadows's debut series but this sounds far more up my alley and I'm definitely excited to meet these characters and story. Great pick, Melissa!(:

  10. I'm always on and off in terms of how much I like YA fantasy, but this sounds absolutely wonderful! I haven't heard of it before you mentioned it, but I'm definitely going to be putting it on my TBR list now! :D Thanks for sharing, and, as always, great choice! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  11. This sounds amazing! I loved Incarnate, and I look forward to this one as well! Thanks for putting it on my radar :D

  12. YESSSSSSSSSS. I need this book in my life already!!!!! I can't get enough YA fantasy, and this one is definitely calling to me. I need it to be 2015:)

  13. I'm with you on this one - SO EXCITED!!


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