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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.
It’s possibly the hype surrounding this duology gave me higher expectations than I would’ve had initially. Before this series didn’t really come onto my radar but then I heard soooo many good things about it, I broke down and picked it up. While I can’t say I am disappointed I did, I can’t say I am glad I did either. Like I said, I enjoyed The Orphan Queen quite well. I had a few minor issues, but not too many. Here I was completely and utterly bogged down by its pace. But if you’re prone to enjoying reads with a bit more political intrigue and focusing on that, then I’d say you would likely enjoy this one more.
We pretty much pick up right where we left off in The Orphan Queen which ended with a doozie of a cliffhanger. Though, naturally, if you think about it, you knew the outcome already and sure enough, you’d be right.
But there’s also other pressing issues taking up Wilhelmina’s time; one is the wraith boy who has pretty much attached himself to her side and the other is trying to reclaim her kingdom from Tobiah’s uncle, and then there’s also the problem that is Patrick still being on the loose and killing in her name. Tension is high and to make it all even worse, Tobiah pushes his wedding to Meredith to an earlier date.
As I said, this read was rather slow for me, but there were still times of great action, they were just too few and far between for me to enjoy. Around halfway, or just past, Wil goes with Colin back to her original kingdom for so long ago.
Chaos eventually ensues and naturally that leads to disaster as there’s still the looming problem of the wraith that needs addressing and dealing with. Then there’s a new mystery surrounding James that pops up and it’s one I didn’t really see coming whatsoever! That was pretty jaw-dropping to say the least.
Sadly, Wil and Tobiah were separated for most of this book. First it was the looming presence of this upcoming wedding and then Wil leaves, so it’s actual distance between them. There were hardly any swoony moments. And when there were, it felt wrong to enjoy them because Tobiah was engaged. I’m not at all a fan of cheating. Even when it came to this particular scenario of arranged marriages, and basically unwanted ones. If you’re going to actually marry, you shouldn’t be kissing the one you’re truly in love with. It’s a messy situation, I’ll give you that. But I still didn’t care for the way Tobiah handled it.
The ending was one filled with many emotions. Not only do we have an epic battle going on, with the wraith included, but sooo much more happens. My hearstrings were pulling in so many directions. So much chaos and other “stuff” happening, it was a whirlwind of events. This had been what I was looking for the entire 500+ pages. Then those last few pages were just as emotional and endearing as other moments had been. The ending definitely leaves a smile on one’s face for a multitude of reasons. It’s the kind of series finale I always enjoy, one that gives you a happy and hopeful feeling that the characters you’re leaving are a in a good place and that quite possibly, their adventures will continue on without us. That part is a little sad, but I like to think these characters aren’t done having adventures even if we’re not there to read about them.
While I wish I could have loved this duology whole-heartedly, I alas did not. The first book was more enjoyable for me and I had high hopes that The Mirror King would’ve surpassed the enjoyment I had with its predecessor, but it was just not meant to be I guess. Since this is my second flop with the author, I’m wondering if it’s a “it’s not you, it’s me” kind of thing where I just can’t quite get into the writing style. I am likely to try a final time should the next book intrigue me, but I might be more hesitant about which ones I choose.
If you’re a fan of fantasy with a dash of dystopian, because I still believe this is one of those rare dystopians that show a future that lives with past like settings and whatnot, then this would be the read for you. There’s a lot of in-depth world-building to this series, and I think that’s where it lost me. For me I sensed too much focus on all the politics of the world and not enough focus on characters or story-building. But that’s just me. Dozens of others have enjoyed this series, so don’t mind me being the odd duck out!
Overall Rating 3/5 stars
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When I saw we pick up where we left off, I mean it. Prince was breaking our hearts announcing his wedding date to his fiancé and...Read more