The Mirror King

The Mirror King

Book - 2016
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Princess Wilhelmina is ready for her crown, but declaring herself queen means war. Her magic is uncontrollable and now there?s a living boy made of wraith?destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her. 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. Princess Wilhelmina?s ability might be just the thing to help reclaim her kingdom?or ruin it forever.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9780062317414
Characteristics: 531 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Meadows, Jodi - Author

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MelifluousView Oct 10, 2017

Wil's challenges with Chrysalis were the most intriguing to me. And her relationship with Black Knife was complicated too, but I loved how it all came together in the end. There were huge sacrifices that several characters made for the greater good that I found inspiring.

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HarkiQuinn
Mar 17, 2017

Jodi Meadows just wrote herself a perfect duology.

Plot: When I read The Orphan Queen two years ago, I was in shock. It was a perfectly balanced book with complex characters and I wanted more. Lightning struck twice with Jodi Meadows because The Mirror King was almost better (or better, I'm still undecided) than its predecessor. The Mirror King picked right up after the earth-shattering cliffhanger of The Orphan Queen and I don't think I managed to stop holding my breath until the very last page. In The Orphan Queen, the biggest conflict was behind secret identities and the looming threat of the wraith. Surprisingly, The Mirror King was able to introduce additional conflict, in a very natural manner, to develop Wil's character. Meadows dug deeper into the world and the characters to create a masterpiece. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to reread this book as soon as I finished.

Characters: Meadows excelled in writing wondrously complex characters. No one was inherently evil, but everyone had a motive behind their actions. In The Mirror King, Wil was able to come into her own skin and learn what struggles came with power. In respect to keeping this review spoiler-free, I'll leave my analysis to this.

Worldbuilding: The fantasy world of The Orphan Queen continued to impress and engage me. I loved learning about the history of the kingdoms and how magic users became feared and hated. While The Orphan Queen focused primarily on the Indigo Kingdom, I was happy to see The Mirror King visit other parts of Meadows' world.

Short N Sweet: The Mirror King was the best conclusion I could possibly ask for, I encourage of fantasy lovers to start this duology.

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Chelsea016
Jul 23, 2016

This was a great ending to this duology!

I loved watching Wil and Tobiah continue to grow as they both worked to protect their kingdoms from the wraith.

I also really loved the evolution of their relationship. It was at times, romantic and heart-breaking and everything in between. They had a tough road to get to each other, but I'm glad they found their way!

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Nymeria23
Jun 03, 2016

Dear swimming Hot Tamales. This book was everything I hoped it would be and more.
Living up to the standards set by <i> The Orphan Queen </i> this next and final installment answers the hard questions, leaves you with a sense of satisfaction, and wraps up the loose ends that had been fraying throughout this series. While I love how the ending was done and understand that that was the way things needed to be, based on the helplessness of the continent's civilization, I still wish there was more. A continuation, a short story I can have in my hands to continue reading on.

<i> The Mirror King </i> picks up RIGHT where the story left off. Tobiah has been shot through the stomach by Patrick's bolt. With Wilhelmina's newly created and uncontrollable wraith boy sets off in chase of the assassin, Wil's heart is breaking and there's nothing she can do to stop the vigilante she loves from being killed. Or, wait, maybe that's not true. Setting off on a quick pace to find a way to save Tobiah, Wilhelmina's story continues with just as much action and suspense as before as she tries to handle the hatred of the people due to misunderstandings, her own feelings, and the desire to reclaim her kingdom, even while the wraith moves faster and faster across the land, devouring everything in its path.
Trying to reconcile her duty and her heart will not be easy as Wil completes the biggest and most daring chapter of her life.

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Chelsea016
Aug 06, 2016

No matter the masks we wear, we always end up together.

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Chelsea016
Aug 06, 2016

Reasons we should get married:
Because I love you.
We both look good in black boots.
I spent some time without you, and I didn’t like it.
You make me happy.
I make you laugh.
I like the way you fight.
You see through my masks.
I really love you.
You love me, too. (Though you’ve mostly said this while yelling, so perhaps I should have double-checked.)
Army of tiny vigilantes. (I have name ideas.)
Various political reasons that make sense but don’t fit with the theme of this list.
I’m holding your handwriting hostage. You can have it back when you say yes.

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Chelsea016
Aug 06, 2016

This was love without masks

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