Hi, my name is Erica and I’m an epic fantasy addict.
Part of me thinks I should mix up my reading choices a bit, get a more even spread of sci-fi and contemporary and historical and mystery. That I should stop front-loading my reading picks with epic fantasy.
And then a new book comes out, and I’m a goner.
Case in point: this week’s epic fantasy, Jodi Meadow’s The Orphan Queen:
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.
Now, to make some magic.
What Intrigued Me: Hi, my name is Erica and I have a corrupt kingdom addiction. Seriously, what is wrong with me? It’s like I have a weird, political intrigue fetish. Why am I so addicted to spies and betrayal and magic?
What Hooked Me: Hi, my name is Erica and I have a vigilante addiction. I blame all the comic books I read/all the cartoons and movies I watched as a kid. Mostly, I blame my father, because he’s the one who got me into Marvel and DC and now I can’t stop.
So corrupt kingdoms and Batman-esque vigilantes? Yes please.
What Made Me Fall In Love: Hi, my name is Erica and I have a magic addiction. Well, kind of. I just think it would be really cool, which is why I love reading about it.
But what makes The Orphan Queen‘s magic system so unique is because it’s outlawed. Magic there comes with a price that is destroying the world. Which is, you know, awful for the characters, but pretty cool to read.
(Well, I love most things that are awful for the characters. Does that make me a monster?)
So let’s tally this up now: corrupt kingdoms + outlaw vigilantes + terrible magic = Erica catnip. Seriously, it’s like it was formulated just for me.
Somebody check me into reading rehab, because I’m about to OD on epic fantasy.