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Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #2
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 544
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
ilhelmina 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.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Phenomenal. I really did enjoy this duology to the point that I wish that it didn't end with just two books. I could read more about Jodi Meadow's The Orphan Queen world, but am super satisfied with the bittersweet ending that The Mirror King offered.

With the wraith an ever-present problem in the Indigo Kingdom, espionage around every corner, and her lost kingdom always just out of reach, Wilhelmina is at a standstill. But that does not mean this book doesn't pack a punch. Mortal wounds. Magic. Sentient wraith. Traitorous friends. Plenty of death and heartbreak brings The Mirror King up on the nail-biting scale towards extremely eventful. There is never a dull moment. Especially not when Wilhelmina is around. The writing is beautiful and descriptive, character development was spot on, and dialogue was both informative and funny, bringing the impending doom that the tone hiked up down a few notches with witty banter between Tobiah and Wil. Even though the twists and heart-wrenching moments I could foretell, they still caught me off guard in their execution.

Thank you, Jodi Meadows for ripping my heart out, and then sowing it back in. This was a wonderful story of redemption, forbidden love, treason, and magic that I will love to have the pleasure of revisiting in the future. Recommended to readers and fans of Meadow's previous works, as well as those who devoured the Throne of Glass books. High paced, witty banter, badass females, and some sexual tension to drive you crazy, I look forward to future novels by Ms. Meadows.
Four targets for Black Knife and a stunning conclusion