Review: The Mirror King
Wow. Wow wow wow. WOW. You never expect a book to be as good as the first, right? What about better than the first? Somehow Jodi Meadows wrote a stunning book (The Orphan Queen) and then wrote an even better book in The Mirror King.
So let me start at the beginning. First off, if you haven’t read The Orphan Queen, you probably shouldn’t read this review, as there will be spoilers.
The end of The Orphan Queen was a huge cliffhanger and I’ve been waiting for months to see what happened to Tobiah after his life threatening wound. The Mirror King picks right up where The Orphan Queen left off, and we see pretty immediately that yes, this is a serious wound. And for Tobiah to live, magic will have to be involved. I’ll leave it at that for those of you who haven’t read the book, I don’t want to give too much away. 😉
Meanwhile, the secret is out about Wil’s magic. This leaves a lot of room for unrest and distrust to develop. On top of that Wil has to deal with Patrick gone rouge in his effort to put her back on the throne, which leaves Ospreys split down the middle taking sides, divided on who they should follow. And on top that, there’s the whole wraith boy thing. Which is an intriguing twist, because as much as Wil tries to deny and avoid the wraith boy, she eventually learns she has to confront him and find a way to work with him, instead of against him.
There are a couple of major plot twists in the book that I thought were pretty brave, as they left room for the novel to veer off in any direction Jodi Meadows wished.
The romance that was just hinted at in The Orphan Queen gets kicked into high gear in The Mirror King. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some big obstacles thrown in Tobiah and Wil’s way, but it’s a lot more promising (and heated) this time around.
Overall, I loved this book. I read it in one sitting. The whole magic world Meadows has built is beautiful, yet complicated enough to end up with a very well written story that doesn’t follow the sometimes predictable YA storytelling. It’s unique, you develop feelings for pretty much ever character, and you really don’t want to walk away at the end. The good note is that the end is left a little open, so perhaps one day Meadows will give us a novella. One can hope!
My favorite line: It would give too much away if I told you! But it’s the note Tobiah writes for Wil at the end. 🙂
My favorite visual: Wil practicing her handwriting.
My rating: 5 stars
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