Novella Review: The Black Knife

March 16, 2016     erinthebooknut     Book review

Novella Review: The Black KnifeThe Black Knife by Jodi Meadows
Published by Epic Reads Impulse on March 1st 2016
Pages: 60

Skyvale is on the verge of becoming a battleground. 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 has been beaten and broken and has lost two people he cares about. His worst enemy knows his deepest secret. What he thought he knew about his family has fallen apart. And his parents push harder than ever for him to court Lady Meredith. But with the imminent threat of firefly, the newest and deadliest version of a magical drug, Tobiah doesn’t have time to sort through his problems. If he doesn’t act immediately, firefly will suffocate the city and everyone in it.
The Black Knife is the final 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.
Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint with new releases each month. 

4.5 Nuts

4.5 Nuts


Like most of these novellas, this novella contains spoilers for The Orphan Queen. If you don’t want to be spoiled do not read this review. It is also recommended that you do not read these novellas until you have read The Orphan Queen. These novellas are best when read in order.


This is the 4th novella in the Orphan Queen series.

Now that the boring warning stuff is done with, ON TO THE REVIEW!


Shock! Awe! Tobiah is the Black Knife. Ok, is anyone actually surprised? No, not if you’ve been reading along. If you are reading things out of order it might be. Don’t do that! Go back to to the beginning and read stuff in order!

Hey, James fans! Look, more James! This is probably the most James heavy novella of all of them so James fans will get their fill until Mirror King comes out. You get a lot of Tobiah and James’ relationship in this book, which is never a bad thing. Yes, give us more!

This is probably the most action-packed of the novellas, which is not surprising considering that it is the conclusion. Obviously a big fight has been set up the go down from the earlier novellas and now its time to bring it all together.

I loved the way this book ended. Like most novellas that Harper puts out to tie in with its books, the end is a bit abrupt but it does tie up a lot of the loose ends, and the rest are pulled in together later in TMK. It does an excellent job of making you crave the next book and I was so glad by the end that I had a Mirror King ARC waiting for me so I didn’t have to interrupt my marathon.

Of the novellas in this series, this one is probably my favorite. But it was very close. Burning Hand was also very good and the two are a million times better when read back to back. I was lucky that by the time I sat down to read these, all 4 novellas were out. I totally recommend reading the set back to back to back to back if you can, it reads like one novel length Tobiah prequel rather than individual novellas.

What did you think about the novellas? Which is your favorite? Share in the comments.

From my shelf to yours,


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