Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
The Orphan Queen #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Giveaway
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 531

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

I can't believe that I waited so long to finish this series. I can't think of very many sequels that I liked better than the first book, but I don't know, this might be one of them.

This book takes place immediately after the ending of The Orphan Queen and follows Wil's journey as she ascends the vermillion throne. She has to deal with the people of the Indigo Kingdom now knowing that she is the lost princess of Aecor. She has to do whatever she can to save Tobiah after Patrick shot him at the end of book one. She also has to deal with Patrick raising an army under her name to do things that she never wanted done to take back Aecor. And on top of all that, she has to deal with her wraith boy's shenanigans.

I still liked Wil a lot in this book, possibly even more than in the first one. She has a lot of tough decisions to make in this book and she has to deal with Patrick's crap. And I feel like she handles it all so well. And she always tries to do things right by everyone, not just the people of Aecor or her Ospreys. I loved that about her.

One thing that did bug me a bit regarding Wil was the fact that she got away with a lot of stuff in this book that I felt like she shouldn't have. I mean, she's the lost princess of an overtaken kingdom that impersonated a Liadian refugee duchess to infiltrate the palace in Skyvale who has a wraith boy sidekick that continually causes trouble. I mean, some of the things really aren't her fault, but I feel like there should be some consequences for her!

Also, like, I think it's mentioned that she's basically a prisoner in the Skyvale palace in this book, but it never feels serious? The guards are kind of incompetent or they just don't care that much. She's always sneaking in and out of the castle and in and out of the king's chambers and she never really gets busted?!

I really liked Tobiah as well. I think he's a wonderful ruler and he always tries to do what's right even if it's not what's best for him. And his list at the end of the book...

It made my heart happy.

I think that the wraith boy was done dirty. Like he's an interesting character. And he is completely and totally devoted to Wil. I get that people were terrified of him, Wil included, but I feel like he could have been treated better. He's continually locked in broom closets and wardrobes and what not and then forgotten about until he emerges to cause trouble. Which, I don't think would have happened if anyone had bothered to just pay attention to him. He followed every order Wil gave him. He was like a puppy! He would have been more well behaved if he had been given more attention. And he could provide them with some information about the wraith that they didn't have before! UGH!

And then the last character I wanted to mention was Patrick for the sole reason that I hate him because he was one of those characters that ALWAYS has a scheme going on and his schemes never seemed to go wrong. I just don't find it believable when a character's schemes not once ever go wrong. It drives me mad.

Overall, I thought that The Mirror King was an EXCELLENT sequel. I didn't feel like it suffered from the dreaded second book syndrome. I thought it was action packed. It kept my interest for the whole thing, I was so eager to know what was going to happen next. I loved the characters, even if there were little things that bugged me. I though the romance was cute. There were a few plot twists that were super interesting and the ending is kind of heart wrenching. But also hopeful. And I am sad that it was only a duology. I need to read the novellas still, so I'm glad that I can still delve back into this world a little bit!

I loved this series so much, I already want to reread it.

Have you read this series yet? What did you think of it?

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