May 19th

Review of The Mirror King

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Mirror King

Title: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Date Published: April 5, 2016
Where I got the book: Purchased from Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Read my review of The Orphan Queen HERE

“I miss it,” she said. “That certainty of knowing we were right and we would take back our kingdom because of our rightness – that was comforting. Now everything seems so gray.”

I love Jodi Meadows’ ability to write beautiful books that deal with so many important issues. High fantasy is sometimes seen as a genre that is only for entertainment, but The Mirror King alone proves that wrong. Here you find incredible world-building, detailed character development, a fun and thrilling plot, and an exploration of morality and other tough issues.

MK 1

“There’s this truth about mirrors. It’s inescapable. But they can lie, too. They can distort the truth, even hide the truth. They create illusion.”

There is so much left to explore in The Mirror King, things left hazy or unknown in the first book. The wraith boy, who and what he is, is further explained. The many uses of magic in the previous societies daily life is also uncovered by Wil and her friends. We finally get to see the kingdom of Aecor and discover how to stop or slow the wraith. There’s so much work in building and continuing to write in a fantasy world and Jodi is the queen of seamless description and explanation. As you work your way through her fabulous storytelling you learn so much without even knowing it.

“You don’t know what I am, anymore. You cannot fathom what I’ve endured. Don’t imagine you’ve tamed me.”

I love the characters in this duology so much! Wil is my queen and I love to see the changes in her. While once she was angry and clear in her purpose, now she must make difficult decisions and play a game she doesn’t understand. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, or so they say. Tobiah is an utter conundrum to me. He really is like two separate people. It’s hard to meld King Tobiah and the boy that was known as Black Knife. In The Mirror King we see more of the prince, now king, and he faces just as many difficult decisions as Wil. He really surprised me at the end; I won’t spoil it for anyone but SWOON!!!! I still hate Patrick, always will, nothing new there. Melanie has a bit of a smaller part in this book but she’s just as great a secondary character here as she was in The Orphan Queen. I got to know some of the other Ospreys better and that was a real adventure. Having kids raised to fight and pickpocket living in palaces can only lead to trouble! I have to say, the most surprising characters for me were James and Meredith. I can’t discuss what happens to them without spoiling, but they both have larger parts and Meredith shows some major backbone!

“Fear doesn’t excuse a hundred years of oppression and abuse.”

The best part of The Mirror King for me was the storyline and the issues it presents. The story itself is gripping, thrilling, and emotional. After that terrible cliffhanger at the end of The Orphan Queen, I just had to keep reading. I needed to know what happened to Wil and Tobiah, how they dealt with the wraith, Patrick Lien, and their relationship. Written into the story are some important issues, assault, morality, ethics, responsibility, etc. I love it when a work of fiction can teach you important lessons. Is sacrificing someone for the good of many morally right? How do you deal with the trauma of being assaulted? What does it mean to be a good leader? So many tough issues in The Mirror King, makes this a good read for teenagers and adults alike.

“Sometimes we hate others for the things we hate in ourselves.”

The Mirror King is utter perfection! Rarely have I so thoroughly enjoyed a book, been unable to find fault with it, and been so satisfied with the ending. I adored The Orphan Queen, with its strong heroine, beautiful prose, and breathtaking world-building. Its sequel is all of those thing and more. I would recommend this book to fantasy readers of almost any age. It’s easy to read, without tangled plots and tons of characters like many recent high fantasies, and a relatively clean read. I’m eagerly awaiting the day my daughter is able to read at this level so I can watch her discover the world of Wilhelmina Korte.

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Mirror King

Title: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Date Published: April 5, 2016
Where I got the book: Purchased from Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Read my review of The Orphan Queen HERE

“I miss it,” she said. “That certainty of knowing we were right and we would take back our kingdom because of our rightness – that was comforting. Now everything seems so gray.”

I love Jodi Meadows’ ability to write beautiful books that deal with so many important issues. High fantasy is sometimes seen as a genre that is only for entertainment, but The Mirror King alone proves that wrong. Here you find incredible world-building, detailed character development, a fun and thrilling plot, and an exploration of morality and other tough issues.

MK 1

“There’s this truth about mirrors. It’s inescapable. But they can lie, too. They can distort the truth, even hide the truth. They create illusion.”

There is so much left to explore in The Mirror King, things left hazy or unknown in the first book. The wraith boy, who and what he is, is further explained. The many uses of magic in the previous societies daily life is also uncovered by Wil and her friends. We finally get to see the kingdom of Aecor and discover how to stop or slow the wraith. There’s so much work in building and continuing to write in a fantasy world and Jodi is the queen of seamless description and explanation. As you work your way through her fabulous storytelling you learn so much without even knowing it.

“You don’t know what I am, anymore. You cannot fathom what I’ve endured. Don’t imagine you’ve tamed me.”

I love the characters in this duology so much! Wil is my queen and I love to see the changes in her. While once she was angry and clear in her purpose, now she must make difficult decisions and play a game she doesn’t understand. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, or so they say. Tobiah is an utter conundrum to me. He really is like two separate people. It’s hard to meld King Tobiah and the boy that was known as Black Knife. In The Mirror King we see more of the prince, now king, and he faces just as many difficult decisions as Wil. He really surprised me at the end; I won’t spoil it for anyone but SWOON!!!! I still hate Patrick, always will, nothing new there. Melanie has a bit of a smaller part in this book but she’s just as great a secondary character here as she was in The Orphan Queen. I got to know some of the other Ospreys better and that was a real adventure. Having kids raised to fight and pickpocket living in palaces can only lead to trouble! I have to say, the most surprising characters for me were James and Meredith. I can’t discuss what happens to them without spoiling, but they both have larger parts and Meredith shows some major backbone!

“Fear doesn’t excuse a hundred years of oppression and abuse.”

The best part of The Mirror King for me was the storyline and the issues it presents. The story itself is gripping, thrilling, and emotional. After that terrible cliffhanger at the end of The Orphan Queen, I just had to keep reading. I needed to know what happened to Wil and Tobiah, how they dealt with the wraith, Patrick Lien, and their relationship. Written into the story are some important issues, assault, morality, ethics, responsibility, etc. I love it when a work of fiction can teach you important lessons. Is sacrificing someone for the good of many morally right? How do you deal with the trauma of being assaulted? What does it mean to be a good leader? So many tough issues in The Mirror King, makes this a good read for teenagers and adults alike.

“Sometimes we hate others for the things we hate in ourselves.”

The Mirror King is utter perfection! Rarely have I so thoroughly enjoyed a book, been unable to find fault with it, and been so satisfied with the ending. I adored The Orphan Queen, with its strong heroine, beautiful prose, and breathtaking world-building. Its sequel is all of those thing and more. I would recommend this book to fantasy readers of almost any age. It’s easy to read, without tangled plots and tons of characters like many recent high fantasies, and a relatively clean read. I’m eagerly awaiting the day my daughter is able to read at this level so I can watch her discover the world of Wilhelmina Korte.

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By Kate Woods

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