THE MIRROR KING
The Orphan Queen #2
By Jodi Meadows
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 5, 2016)
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.
Mirror King picked up right where Orphan Queen left off. Wil is in serious danger because she gave away her ability to use magic and everyone knows who she truly is; the prince had just been shot; the identity of The Black Knife has been revealed. Wil has to decide what to do as the wraith comes closer every day as she cannot protect everyone in both kingdoms. She also has to decide if she must follow her heart or follow her destiny.
I was torn with this story. I wanted to stop reading so many times but something kept pushing me to finish. Not so sure it was the best idea as I felt it was only slightly better than the first book. It was just not everything I was hoping for. I wanted something to WOW me but that never happened. The plot felt as if it was lacking. It did have some surprises, but not enough to really knock me off of my seat. The plot was also painfully slow. Nothing picked up speed until almost 80% through the book and by then I was so invested with this story I had to finish.The ending was okay but again that was it.
I also did not like how this book was far more political than the first book. I did not care to read about that, I wanted to read about the romance, the magic, the fantasy side of this book - all of which were lacking. I did not feel the characters truly developed throughout the entire story. Wil was still very narrow minded and rather arrogant.
Overall, I do not think this book was for me. I know that so many other people have raved and screamed from the rooftops how much they adored this series but I am the exact opposite. I am the black sheep of this series. It was less than okay for me and I'm not sorry I read it, I want that to be known. I just did not feel the excitement that everyone else felt. Since I liked this book slightly more than Orphan Queen, I gave this 2.5 stars.