Series: The Orphan Queen #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 5th 2016
Number of Pages: 544
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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 starts right where the first book left off. Which is good, because that cliffhanger in the first book? So huge! So I was happy to see we wouldn’t have to wait long to find out what happened next.
I loved how Tobiah and Wil changed and grew in the book. So many near tragedies and some actual bad things happen. And the way they reacted to them were believable. We got to learn a little more about their world, and came into contact with old and new friends.
I loved how insecure Wil was about becoming Queen. It was perfect and I could see all the doubts going through the head of a non-fictional person. We also got to see Tobiah’s thoughts on being a King, and how you are never really ready but have to go on as if you were.
One thing that irked the hell out of me though? I HATED how Wil treated Chrysalis. Yeah he did some horrible things, and he wasn’t easily controllable. But how is he supposed to learn any better if you keep sticking him in a closet and not allowing him to do anything? If she treated a pet that way, people would say she should be in jail on criminal charges. But it’s all okay because he’s only Wraith made flesh? That made his actions at the very end of the book less believable for me. Because, honestly, why? I know if someone treated ME that way I wouldn’t have thought about it, much less offered to do it. (And because of spoilers, that vague rant is all you’re getting! *lol* )
I saw the thing with James coming, but didn’t imagine the reason or how it happened. I can see how/why Tobiah did it though, and that reveal was really pretty awesome.
You will want tissues for the end of the book. And there was definitely a moment of me almost throwing the book across the room in denial. Except I try not to throw books I like. Especially since I was reading this one on my Kindle. There were parts of the ending that I loved, and parts I hated. You’ll see what I mean if you read it.