I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2016-04-05
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: the Publisher
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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.
I was so excited for this book. This was easily one of my most anticipated books of 2016. I begged everyone for a copy and jumped for joy when I received one. The Orphan Queen was, and still is, one of my favorite books from last year. It was such an epic fantasy story with great characters and I was sure The Mirror King would be the same. But unfortunately, for me, it fell far short of my expectations.
My biggest problem with TMK was just how loose the story seemed to be. It was rambling and repetitive, it took a loooooooooong time to get anywhere and it just had an overall feeling, for me at least, that it wasn’t really sure what it wanted to do. And that made it very hard for me to finish this book. Which I never in a million years thought would happen. It was just so unfocused, I couldn’t take it at times. Mostly, I felt that the book either needed to be about 150 pages shorter or added some more action scenes and made it into a trilogy. It just didn’t quite work for the me way it was.
I still really liked the characters. They were pretty much the only reason I continued to read the book. I really wanted to know what was going to happen with Wil, Tobiah, and James. And I’m glad I know now how their story ends. I think the way it ended was fine, though slightly dramatic and even maybe a bit easy for such a long book and fight to be wrapped up like that. I don’t know. I didn’t love it. And I never love highly emotional scenes that feel like they’re suppose to “save” the book. View Spoiler » Especially in this case when it didn’t even end up being Wil or Tobiah who saved Aecor. And we’re just suppose to fall all over our emotions at the sacrifice and loss. But I can’t do that. « Hide Spoiler
Okay, I really didn’t mean for this to turn into a rant on the book because I didn’t actually dislike it. I was just disappointed. And there are a bunch of tiny little reasons that I didn’t love it like the first one but I don’t want to go over every single one of them. So I will mention a couple of things I did like about book. One was definitely the characters. I mentioned it above but it’s worth mentioning twice. The characters really made this book for me. Even when I didn’t agree with everything they did, I still liked them and wanted them to win. And I really appreciated the growth and troubles they all went through in this book. Also, when the action was happening, it was actually really great. The battle scenes and the suspense is all done very well. I was on the edge of my seat during these parts just dying to find out what was going to happen or how Wil was going to save her people. I enjoyed these parts.
So, really, I liked this book enough. If there was another book after it, I’d read it. But because I loved the first one so much, I was definitely disappointed that I didn’t feel the same about this one. The lack of focus in the plot and the repetition in the story is really what did it in for me. So while I’d still recommend this book if you fell in love with the characters from the first book, I’d definitely do it with a few warnings as well.