The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

“You’re being paranoid and it makes you look suspicious.” “Well, you didn’t see Black Knife drag that old man from his house because he’d used magic to hide his family while the Nightmare gang tore through the neighborhood.” Magic was forbidden in the Indigo Kingdom, and Black Knife didn’t care how it was used. Self-defense, healing, greed, murder: it was all the same to him when magic was involved. “You’re awfully sensitive about him.” Melanie didn’t have magic. To her, he was no more a threat than the police. But to others . . .

Wil wasn’t always an orphan fighting in the streets. At one time she was a princess with two loving parents, but one night changed all that and took everything she held dear.

“Help!” A shout came from down the street. I drew my daggers, sprinting toward the shout and terrified screams, and then the thud of a body slamming into a wooden fence. Ezra, one of our youngest boys, dropped to the ground. His sister, Quinn, shrieked and ran for him. Connor and Theresa stood in the street, blades drawn as they backed away from looming shadows. I skidded to a halt. Five huge men bore down on the Ospreys. Connor’s round-eyed gaze darted from the attackers to me. “Wil! Mel!” “Oh, saints.”

Now Wil fights for survival and she is determined to return to the castle and fix all that has gone wrong with her country. But things aren’t always black and white, not in life, not in fighting and especially not in love.

I give this book 4.2 out of 5 stars.  My favorite character in this book is definitely Wil, she is strong and determined and I love that she isn’t willing to sacrifice her morals to get what she wants faster. I also like that she is smart (except when she misses the obvious) and willing to fight for what she believes in. I liked the character development in this story, they learned from their mistakes… or didn’t but what they did made sense. They didn’t do anything that had me like this character would never do that, I could see them changing and growing (always nice). While some things that happened were expected, I loved how well everything flowed together and how smoothly the storyline went. BE WARNED there is a CLIFFHANGER at the end of this book! I can’t wait till the next installment to see what happens…

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