Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 10th 2015
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.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
I have lost the ability to ‘even’ after finishing this book. I remember closing it, laying back and wondering how I was going to go on until the second book. Okay, that sounds dramatic but THAT ENDING GUYS! I knew, I had been told, that the ending was one of those endings but when I got to it, it hit me really hard! Let’s start with very beginning of the book.
How perfect is this? This and so many other reason, is why I love Jodi’s books, and her as a person.
Jodi has once again, made a book that has made me fall in love with the world, and the characters. The world building in this, is absolutely fantastic. I love the kingdoms, and the concept of the mirrors. It was a picture that I had in my mind the entire time I was reading. The wraith land had to be one of my favorite scenes in the book. When Wil went in search of answers to that awful place so magically described, I could picture every part of it in my mind. Absolutely flawless.
I’ve said it earlier, and I say it now, Wil is the strongest, independent, female lead to come out this year. Her determination and passion for her kingdom is something I devoured. A strong female is one of my favorite things about a book. Someone who takes action, and tries to save herself, rather then having someone else do it for her. Her love of her ospreys, and making sure they are safe is another quality of her I loved. She fought patrick about things she felt were right, and stood her ground. She never once felt sorry for herself. She has a rough past, but that in itself adds to her strength.
There were some characters I was not to fond of, one of them being Patrick. I think people who read the book will agree, that later in the book, what he does, was shocking. I remember gasping so loud and thinking ‘Oh no, that did not just happen.’ I did not like his personality, and I feel in the second book, that something is going to happen surrounding him. It bothers me that Melanie tends to side more with Patrick then she does Wil. It bothers me SO much. I feel it had been my best friend, or a boy friend, I would 100% go with my best friend, after knowing what he did.
Black Knife was amazing. He reminded me a lot of Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon, showing up to save the day and being all mysterious. I loved it. I loved it so much. I won’t giveaway who he is in this post, but it was between who he is and someone else I thought could be a possibility. I would have been happy with either!
Over all, another home run by Jodi. My heart is broken, and the only way to fix it will be book two. However, the novellas coming out this year will help tie me over, but it won’t be the same. I can’t wait to have book two in my hands!