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The Mirror King (Orphan Queen) Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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PRAISE FOR MIRROR KING: “This story’s the perfect length, and though it’s hard to say goodbye to lovable, flawed, strong Wil, such a well-crafted, enjoyable, and immersive story helps ease the pain.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Tensions-both political and romantic-arise. For those eager to continue the adventure, there are four digital novellas situated in this same world: The Hidden Prince, The Glowing Knight, The Burning Hand, and The Black Knife.” (Booklist)
“This book was just as good as THE ORPHAN QUEEN, if not better. Every part of this book is great. Jodi Meadows knows how to write engrossing fantasy worlds with layered characters and the perfect amount of romantic intrigue. If you haven’t read THE ORPHAN QUEEN, read it now.” (Amie Mechler-Hickson, Boswell Book Company)
PRAISE FOR THE ORPHAN QUEEN: Fans of Katniss and the Sisters of St. Mortain from Robin LaFevers’s “His Fair Assassin” series and other strong, vengeful female heroines will root for Wil. (School Library Journal)
Meadows delivers a powerful coming-of-age story. (Publishers Weekly)
Hidden identities, allusions to environmental concerns, a clever heroine with a worthy potential love interest, and some monster-mashing fight scenes elevate this romantic series opener. A cliff-hanger ending will have many readers exclaiming aloud their impatience at having to wait for the sequel. (Booklist)
Solid worldbuilding, interesting characters and just enough romance make this an enjoyable read. (Kirkus Reviews)
One of the most compelling fantasies I’ve ever read. Fans of strong heroines, secret identities, and terrifyingly dangerous magic should put Jodi Meadows at the top of their ‘to read’ lists. (C.J. Redwine, author of the Defiance trilogy)
THE ORPHAN QUEEN casts its spell from the first page. Exquisite, captivating and romantic —Jodi Meadows’s world forbids magic, but THE ORPHAN QUEEN is brimming with it. I loved this book! (Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die)
PRAISE FOR INCARNATE: The romance is captivating, as are the questions raised by the reincarnations. […]This would be a thought-provoking choice for anyone who is looking to move beyond vampires, werewolves, and angels. (School Library Journal (starred review))
An absorbing fantasy. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
INCARNATE has an eerie and intriguing premise and I am looking forward to seeing where Jodi Meadows takes it next. (Robin McKinley, bestselling and Newbery Award winning author of The Hero and the Crown, Spindle’s End, Dragonhaven, and Pegasus)
Lyrical and thought-provoking, INCARNATE is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page. I loved it! (Rachel Hawkins, New York Times Bestselling author of Hex Hall and Demonglass)
One word: Breathtaking. More words: Heart-melting. Soul-feeding. Mind-blowing. INCARNATE captured all of me and won’t let go. (Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of the Shade trilogy)
About the Author
Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the Incarnate trilogy, the Orphan Queen duology, and the Fallen Isles trilogy and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller My Lady Jane. Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com.
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For as much as I loved Wil, I also became so connected to the stories of Tobiah, Melanie, James and even the Wraith Boy. The fact that Meadows was able to create this ensemble of characters that I cared so much about, is a true testament to her talent as an author. Each had their own history, motivations and authentic story arc, and ultimately, added so much to the story. Speaking of adding to the story, the relationship between Wil and Tobiah is so heart-wrenching. It's totally complicated, messy, and honestly, they have everything going against them. Things are NOT easy for these two to find a way to each other.
As you may have gathered from "The Orphan Queen", Meadows is NOT afraid to make some shocking narrative choices, and that trend continues in "The Mirror King". There were moments where I straight up gasped and was completely shocked by the turn of events. I love a book that keeps me on my toes, and you guys, this book does just that. It got to the point where I just had to accept the fact that nothing and no one was safe. It was truly epic and just brought the book to a whole new level. Not everyone can get their happily ever after, but even in the darkest moments, one can find a way to give meaning to their lives. For every choice Meadows made in this book, she gives a completely authentic and believable reason. Even if it hurts like hell.
Oh, by the way, the end of this book is absolute perfection. I'm not saying it some of it doesn't rip your heart out completely, but the way in which it does so is perfect! How's that for being a big tease!?
"The Mirror King" is a beautiful and haunting conclusion to an epic fantasy series. The story of Wilhelmina and her quest to reclaim her destiny broke my heart and put it back together again. Absolute Perfection!
That being said, I docked a star because of the heroine's attitude this second book, in the beginning she's all "we don't steal from the poor, we don't kill people, I will help the innocent" and then in the second book, she treats her wraith like dog s***. She understands his mistakes were accidents, and still keeps him locked in crates? I just don't understand how someone with so much compassion and empathy could be so cruel. Also, I never understood her sympathy towards the Uncle. He literally raised an army attacked her city and killed who knows how many, threatens her, and yet in the middle of battle she runs to his aide to try and save him? What?! There are other minor inconsistencies that I found irritating but the treatment of the wraith pulled me from the story every time. I lost my imaginary world and sat and pondered his plight and how he could have been weaved through the story better. Anyways. Still enjoyed these books. And in ABSOLUTELY LOVED the ending.
The story picks up right after the events in The Orphan Queen and Wil is forced to make a decision about whether or not she should reveal herself as a flasher in order to save Tobias. Where James had a miraculous recovery, it soon becomes evident that Tobias cannot hope for the same miracle that saved his cousin.
There's war and the impending wraiths upon the land, but everything about this story just felt so lacking of substance. The world-building was just...there. And the character development..was there any? Wilhelmina seems more childish in this book than the first and her idea of ruling a kingdom only seems to manifest when she addresses her people in one speech or another. She treats her creation, the wraith boy, horribly and the neglect is quite sad to read. The secondary characters are barely given any time to shine. Meredith is the kindest soul who deserved better than Tobias as her fiancé and Wil as a friend. It's like the story was trying to lead into a love triangle in the worst way possible. If anything, Prince Colin and Patrick were the only ones that kept the story interesting enough to keep reading even though they are seen as the villains of the story. There's a big reveal near the end and there are some devastating scenes, but by the time I read them, I found it hard to care about the deaths and the sacrifices made.
The Mirror King should be classified as a fantasy-lite novel. Everything about this world is still very vague and underdeveloped. The ending was anticlimactic after reading a little more than 80% of a novel where hardly anything really seemed to happen. There were scenes that just served to move the plot from point A to point B, but nothing of real importance happened that looked like it would resolve the Wraith story that's been building throughout the two books. It's disheartening that I didn't find myself liking this duology because I truly, truly really wanted to love it.