Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

The Mirror King
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN:  0062317415
ISBN13: 9780062317414
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss
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.

It took me forever to actually pick up THE MIRROR KING and read it because I really dislike the cover and I happen to be a cover whore. Thankfully I received the book for review and felt I had to read it because I actually enjoyed it and it reminded me that you can't judge a book by its cover—of course I'm sure I will continue to do it in the future, my loss.

THE MIRROR KING kicks off exactly where THE ORPHAN QUEEN ends. We learn more about not only Wil, but Tobiah and a lot of the secondary characters as well. We meet new allies and learn to loath continued and new enemies. We finally get to travel to Aecor and although I won't go into details I will say that it was not an easy ride getting there and being there. 

The romance is turbulent, but present in THE MIRROR KING. Both Wil and Tobiah have strong feelings for each other, but neither is free to pursue them like they want to. I was hoping for more in this department, but I understood all they went through and can see that things had to happen like they did. Lots of heartache on both sides though.

I enjoyed the way that Meadows ended The Orphan Queen series. It was believable and satisfying. Would I have read more and enjoyed it? Probably, but I'm satisfied all the same.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.