Written by: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Pages: 544, hardcover
Series: The Orphan Queen, #2
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Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC!
Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.
HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.
HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.
HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.
In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.
So if y’all read my review of The Orphan Queen (Here) you’ll have noticed that it was a really interesting reading experience for me. And we won’t talk about that ending, so help me. So when I got an ARC of The Mirror King I dove in months early(I’m writing this review all the way back in October of 2015 you guys) just because I couldn’t resist the siren call.
This book was so much better than The Orphan Queen.
The Orphan Queen had a lot of bumps in the road as we tried to get the hang of the characters, and the world building info dump, and let’s not forget how predictable certain aspects were. But The Mirror King has none of those problems. We’re able to hit the ground running and move forward into something that was absolutely fantastic.
The Mirror King wraps up the duology, while this is a new trend in YA it’s one I really love. It gives us a chance to get more than a standalone, but we don’t have to wait years between books to get our hands on that final chapter. While I was worried for a bit about how in the world The Mirror King would tie up every single loose end(Especially when I was reaching the 75% mark and nothing was going right) I’m happy to say that I am so thrilled with how this book left me feeling.
My biggest didn’t work is unfortunately a spoiler, and not just a small spoiler but a large spoiler. I can’t even figure out a way to word this in a way that doesn’t give away something. So I guess I’m just going to have to say there’s a thing at the end that got on my nerves. If you want to know send me a message on twitter or something because I’m just not comfortable posting something that big here on the blog. Sorry guys…
I also wasn’t overly thrilled with the pacing at the end of the book. I’m always the one who wants more happiness, always, but The Mirror King seemed especially short changed on that front.
I might be the freak of nature here, but the deaths. I won’t name names, but honestly if you’ve read a high fantasy you know there’s always deaths coming. But this time I just, I was happy with choices made and the way things played out.
Character arcs in this book were absolutely fantastic. Some characters grew into these amazing people that I just loved, and some characters came into their own to be able to control their lives and surroundings.
The Big Finale! In this book I really wasn’t sure how it was going to be a duology, I mentioned this before, but we have such a big problem in the Wraith, and the world as a whole crumbling. But I adored the big ending battle. I adored the way it played out.
Romance I love books where the romance is important, but it’s not the end all be all of the book. Not every chapter is dedicated to feelings and longing for the guy. Yes it’s mentioned, yes it’s there clearly, but it’s not overwhelming the story. Those romances are the absolute best, because they feel real. This is the kind of romance found in The Mirror King. It makes me so happy to see and to read, I just really ship it hard okay?
Well I’m pretty sure after the cliffhanger that was The Orphan Queen you’ll be dying to read this one. But if you were waiting to hear if the second one would be good before picking up the series I can totally say yes. This series is really wonderful, and a really great high fantasy with some different takes on some great old tropes.