The Glowing Knight (The Orphan Queen, #0.2) – this is the second of four prequel novellas to the Orphan Queen series. Read my review of the first novella, The Hidden Prince here.
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Epic Reads Impulse (Harpercollins)
Synopsis on Goodreads:
Skyvale faces problems worse than anyone realizes. Secrets are building. Enemies are everywhere. Told from the perspective of Tobiah, the crown prince with a dangerous secret, and set two years before the heart-racing action of The Orphan Queen, this 100-page digital novella brings to life one of Jodi Meadows’s most beloved characters.
Tobiah Pierce is ready to break free of his princely role—he’s sick of the bodyguards that always trail him and is uncertain about the new girl at court, Meredith Corcoran, who his parents keep pushing toward him. When Tobiah’s beloved tutor seems to be embroiled in a dangerous situation deep within the city, Tobiah jumps on the opportunity to throw off the royal restrictions and chase after him. But what happens in the narrow alleys and shadowy corners proves he doesn’t know anything about the people he cares about—or the city he must one day rule.
The Glowing Knight is the second of four prequel novellas that offer existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the complex city of Skyvale, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the heart-pounding fantasy of the Orphan Queen series.
The Glowing Knight by Jodi Meadows follows where it left off in The Hidden Prince and I must say, I loved this one even more! I was right into it from the beginning and got nostalgic feelings for The Orphan Queen. There’s action, mystery and of course those unexpected plot twists Meadows is known for (at least when it comes to TOQ).
It’s here Tobiah goes on his first ‘dangerous mission’ trying to catch a dangerous criminal who’s been using magic to threaten and hurt people. Tobiah’s professor is the most recent victim, making the need for justice even more important. Tobiah is 99.9% sure who’s responsible and feels annoyance at his father’s lack of trust in him. Even though this is his first adventure, it was interesting to see him noting mistakes and what to do/not to do on the next mission – already planning ahead when he hasn’t even caught his first bad guy! Tobiah is determined to solve the problems threatening Skyvale one by one.
Furthermore, we get on an even more personal level with Tobiah than in The Hidden Prince. Like THP, the reader is again feeling that frustration and betrayal but also humour and fear – terrifying fear at James not becoming his bodyguard and losing whatever freedom Tobiah might have afforded with him.
Lastly, I loved that the author added in a legend originating with Skyvale and the Indigo Kingdom. It made that insider’s look on the city even more amazing since this experience is slightly different from how we experience Skyvale in TOQ. I recommend this to anyone wanting a deeper insight on the Indigo Kingdom. You won’t regret picking it up!