(The Orphan Queen #2)
by Jodi Meadows
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Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss / Own
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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. (Goodreads)
I started reading The Mirror King just moments after finishing The Orphan Queen. I'm so glad that I had the chance to read these books back to back, as The Orphan Queen had a pretty big cliffhanger ending, and I was DYING to know what would happen next! Thank goodness I didn't have to wait to start reading The Mirror King, because I think the anticipation would have killed me.
All of the characters from The Orphan Queen appear again in The Mirror King. Wilhelmina proves herself over and over again throughout the story to be just an awesome character all around. She goes above and beyond to do what is right for her people and her kingdom, sometimes facing dangers that she should not face, but doing so nonetheless. I said so in my review of The Orphan Queen, but her actions in The Mirror King just prove it; Wilhelmina will make a wonderful queen.
All of the secondary characters that I loved in The Orphan Queen are back in this book, and some new ones as well, some you will love, and some not so much. I particularly wanted more of the Wraith Boy, as I was so curious about him, and he wasn't in the story nearly as much as I wanted him to be. He was such a mystery!! I loved these characters.
The storyline for the book followed the same as in The Orphan Queen, and I was in stitches waiting to see how this it was all going to come to an end. Even though there was a moment in the ending of the book that made me so sad, the ending wrapped up very nicely, and I was satisfied with the way everything came together. I closed the last page with a pretty huge smile on my face, and I love when an ending makes me that happy.
Overall; The Mirror King was a wonderful conclusion to The Orphan Queen! I really enjoyed this duology, and now that I've finished it, I'm really looking forward to finishing Meadow's Newsoul series soon!