Review: The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows10:00
Series: The Orphan Queen #2
Author: Jodi Meadows
Published April 5th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
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.
See my review of book 1, The Orphan Queen.
I adored The Orphan Queen, and have been waiting, somewhat impatiently, until the library copy I had on hold became available. And, the wait was worth it! I devoured the book in less than a day, and even when I was finished, I immediately went back and reread my favourite parts - which was most of the book.
Now that everyone knows exactly who Wil is - namely, the lost princess - Wil's life is in a bit of turmoil. Tobiah was shot at the end of The Orphan Queen, by the traitorous Patrick, and Wil will do anything to heal him, including using forbidden magic. She continues to become Black Knife and is determined to find Patrick and make him suffer for using her name to destroy. No matter how hard Wil tries to do right, her magic, and the unintentional creation of a wraith boy, ends up destroying more and more, and causes a rift between herself and Tobiah. When they discover Patrick has fled to Aecor, and is gathering people under her banner, she immediately leaves, trying to get some space between herself, and her feelings for Tobiah - and maybe, she left at just the right time.
I love Wil, I really do. She even got better in this book, which I didn't think was possible. Now that it's all out in the open about who she is, she is under more scrutiny, and the restrictions placed on her are chaffing. Even though she is the lost princess, she is still the leader of the Ospreys, and it's in her blood to be out there, helping and protecting, not being locked away in a tower, all 'safe'.
That was the main thing that brought Wil and Black Knife together, and now that Wil knows exactly who Black Knife is - namely, Tobiah - she's conflicted. She loves Black Knife, but loathes Tobiah. How does she reconcile one with the other? And, once she does, she's faced by the fact that Tobiah is getting married, and Meredith is a wonderful person, who doesn't deserve to be hurt.
The plot and action were amazing. It started somewhat slow, dealing with the shooting of Tobiah, but once it started, it all started. Everything seemed to come all at once, and there were times I didn't know how to feel, my emotions were just all over the place. This book is definitely one for the feels, and the romance was extremely swoon-worthy, especially when it comes to a certain list. I'm sort of gutted that it's only a duology, but everything was wrapped up - I just want some more ;). I'd definitely recommend this!