The Mirror King (Orphan Queen Series #2)

The Mirror King (Orphan Queen Series #2)

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by Jodi Meadows
     
 

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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. This epic fantasy duology is perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh

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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. This epic fantasy duology is perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

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.

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Booklist
Hidden identities, allusions to environmental concerns, a clever heroine with a worthy potential love interest, and some monster-mashing fight scenes elevate this romantic series opener. A cliff-hanger ending will have many readers exclaiming aloud their impatience at having to wait for the sequel.
Robin McKinley
INCARNATE has an eerie and intriguing premise and I am looking forward to seeing where Jodi Meadows takes it next.
Jeri Smith-Ready
One word: Breathtaking. More words: Heart-melting. Soul-feeding. Mind-blowing. INCARNATE captured all of me and won’t let go.
C.J. Redwine
One of the most compelling fantasies I’ve ever read. Fans of strong heroines, secret identities, and terrifyingly dangerous magic should put Jodi Meadows at the top of their ‘to read’ lists.
Rachel Hawkins
Lyrical and thought-provoking, INCARNATE is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page. I loved it!
Danielle Paige
THE ORPHAN QUEEN casts its spell from the first page. Exquisite, captivating and romantic —Jodi Meadows’s world forbids magic, but THE ORPHAN QUEEN is brimming with it. I loved this book!
Amie Mechler-Hickson
“This book was just as good as THE ORPHAN QUEEN, if not better. Every part of this book is great. Jodi Meadows knows how to write engrossing fantasy worlds with layered characters and the perfect amount of romantic intrigue. If you haven’t read THE ORPHAN QUEEN, read it now.”
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-02-02
Princess Wilhelmina "Wil" Korte returns to reclaim her kingdom in this sequel to The Orphan Queen (2015). The action picks up where the last book's ended: Crown Prince Tobiah of the Indigo Kingdom has been fatally wounded by Wil's former ally. The intense opening sets a pace that never falters. Tobiah is saved, but his brush with death doesn't deter him from attempting to fulfil his father's dying wish that he marry Meredith, though his heart belongs to Wil. The many barriers between Wil and Tobiah are heartbreakingly real, making their romance that much more compelling. The most pressing concern though is the encroaching "wraith"—toxic magical residue that warps everything in its path. Wil finally makes it home to Aecor, her kingdom, but problems persist: her (well-founded) ever present fear that she won't be a capable queen, her complex relationship with Tobiah, and how to battle the wraith, among others. Truths are revealed, sacrifices are made, nothing is easy—there are no cure-alls (magic has its price) or deus ex machina endings. This story's the perfect length, and though it's hard to say goodbye to lovable, flawed, strong Wil, such a well-crafted, enjoyable, and immersive story helps ease the pain. It is a crying shame that Wil—who's self-described as brown-skinned—is whitewashed on the cover. Here's hoping for more tales set in this intriguing world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062317414
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Series:
Orphan Queen Series , #2
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
24,760
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jodi Meadows is the author of the Incarnate series and The Orphan Queen. She lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

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The Mirror King 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Chelsea016 17 days ago
So WOW! What a way to end this duology! Jodi took all the things that I enjoyed from THE ORPHAN QUEEN and basically took it to the next level. There was laughter, danger, heartbreak, romance and hope. I loved watching as Wil evolved even more into the ruler of Aecor. I really liked that throughout the whole story, even though Wil wanted to get her kingdom back, she was willing to admit when she made a mistake and then try to figure out how to fix it. I also really liked the fact that again, even though she wanted to have her kingdom back, she realized what lines she would cross to do so and the ones she wouldn't. Tobiah was interesting as well. He's a prince who suddenly has to become king with all this crap that's going on around him (the wraith issues, Wil, war, etc) and underneath all of that, he's hiding some pretty big secrets (the fact that he's been Black Knife all this time. Plus, he's questioning everything and really is just a young man who's scared of what he has to do. I enjoyed all of the characters, well most of them. Patrick and Colin can go jump into a cloud of wraith. But Melanie, James, the Ospreys and even the wraithboy were interesting. Jodi created interesting stories for them and gave them arcs and let them have their time in the spotlight, even if it was only for a minute. They all had their own motivations for what they were doing and why and while some of the revelations were shocking (JAMES!!!), some of them were heartbreaking (Melanie/Patrick). Even the wraithboy become more...well not exactly human but more solid as the story progressed. And like I mentioned, all of their backstories, actions, motivations added to the story and even to their relationship(s) with Wil/Tobiah. Speaking of which, the relationship between Wil and Tobiah! While it was romantic(ish) at times, it was also, complicated, messy, heart-wrenching and all around beautiful in the end. The two of them had a really rough and winding road to find their way to what they really wanted from each other, but I'm so glad that they did! Jodi does a really good job of writing so that you come to expect that no one is safe, but that just adds to the tension of the book. I was shocked at several turn of events and I know I gasped a few times. There were even a few times where there may have possibly been tears. There came a point where I realized that not everyone was going to get their happily ever after, but when they didn't and it looked like the book was in one of the darker/est moments, it allowed the hope of what could be and the determination of the characters to shine through. All in all, this book was wonderful. The ending was beautiful even if it did break your heart just a little, but it ends with the promise of hope, and really at the end of the day, isn't that all that anyone can ask for?
Aditi-ATWAMB 4 months ago
SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW I HAD THIS BOOK FOR MONTHS AND DID NOTHING WITH IT? I DON’T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN THIS BOOK, BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WORDS FOR IT. I just sped through it, not knowing what was happening around me and not processing any of the heart-breaking reveals in it because it was ALL TOO MUCH for one simply Book-Dragon to bear. I think I’ll still live in my happy little denial place because I NEED MORE and there isn’t any. If you have read The Orphan Queen, and haven’t read The Mirror King for some reason YET, then let me tell you THERE IS NO TIME BETTER THAN THE PRESENT, for this does not let you down! Jodi Meadows makes you fall – and I mean REALLY REALLY FALL – for all of her characters that you met in The Orphan Queen, more than you ever thought possible. This book starts off exactly where The Orphan Queen left off, and I have no idea HOW I SURVIVED for so long. In the Inundated City of Skyvale, Prince Tobias has been shot. Wilhelmina has been exposed as the person she really is – Flasher, Imposter and a Queen with a pet wraith on her leash. The Ospreys are divided, Patrick Lien is out of control, claiming to carry out assassinations on Wilhelmina’s behalf but more importantly, the Wraith are coming, and they’re coming now. Since I’m not going to tell you the story, here are my reasons why you must read this series: 1. The Multiple Identities: I ADORED HOW EVERYONE WAS ACTUALLY SOMEONE ELSE, AND SOMEONE WAS ALWAYS PRETENDING AND SOMEONE ELSE ALWAYS KNEW. It made it so intriguing, the game of keeping up pretences and all the secrets within each pretence and I LOVED IT SO MUCH AHOIHAFOIDH. 2. The Plot: This was such a cool, VERY WELL EXECUTED plot with so many twists that even if you saw one coming, the next one was IMPOSSIBLE. I love that there was so much actual GOVERNING as much as the dances and the angst, because being a monarch means GOVERNING, okay? Also, the magic, the wraith and the Kingdoms AAAAAAH. 3. The Characters: THEY WERE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL, OKAY? Including the Wraith. And Tobias. And James. But especially Wil! Oh how I LOVE my flawed mistake causing babies, and there imperfect decision making and their passion and bravery. PERFECT. I love that there were so many secondary characters that were given importance! 4. The Chemistry: I will admit, this took a while to grow on me, but I was sitting in the middle of the BEAUTIFUL GIANT that is The Mirror King and I realised I was shipping it ALL. ALL OF IT, I TELL YOU. *dies* So that’s about it. If you haven’t read this book, it is SO WORTH IT! 5 GOLDEN STARS.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!! Love the plot and the relationships, I'm glad the way things are going/went. I really hope there's a 3rd book.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows Book Two of The Orphan Queen series Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Publication Date: April 5, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Dear All Other YA Fantasy Authors: Take notes. You want to write a conclusion to a duology or trilogy or series in general? THIS is how you do it. Complex, heartbreaking, developed, gorgeous and so so so satisfying, in the end. How NOT to break your readers' hearts and yet, still twist their emotions and feels and have them hanging on desperately. Jodi Meadows SLAYS in The Mirror King (and I don't necessarily mean that literally - or do I?). Do I dare summarize this book? It starts exactly where The Orphan Queen ends, with that tragic and totally scary ending. I will say, that certain part of the ending is not permanent. WHY it is not permanent, I won't say. But anyway. Wil is determined to find Patrick, who is trying to rally people to support him in taking Aecor - in Wil's name. Wil knows that taking Aecor means declaring war on the Indigo Kingdom, and she doesn't want that. But you can't always have what you want, something both Wil and Tobiah realize. Both of them must make decisions that will hurt, but the decisions will be for the greater good of their respective kingdoms. This book. I don't even know where to start. Can I just tell you all that it was AMAZING, a perfect conclusion to the series, and a must-read? I thought The Orphan Queen was fantastic, but The Mirror King probably beats it. Both are getting four stars from me, but it's more like super super SUPER close to five stars. I'm a tough nut to crack when it comes to five stars. I love how Meadows digs even deeper in Wil's character, and her mind. Is she brave enough to go after Aecor, despite her alliance with Tobiah? Is she good enough to be a queen? Is she ready? Yes, she was born a princess, but is she a capable queen? Wil has so many insecurities in this novel, and all of them are legitimate and understandable and I love how Meadows skips none of them. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
3 stars Source: Harper teen via Edelweiss Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. I wanted to read Mirror King because I enjoyed Orphan Queen. I liked Wil's character and even though I had a bit of hard time with the politic end of the story (my fault in fantasy not the writer's). Mirror King started right where are orphan Queen left off. it started right into the action after the Prince was shot. I was able to remember dinner things as she describes what's going on but there was still a lot that I didn't remember because you know how book amnesia goes. Wilhelmina, our main character was torn, she'd just learned that the Prince and the black hand, the one that she'd partnered with as vigilante. Now she is out in the open since she used magic to help remove the arrow and had wraigth boy under her command. Honestly I ended up not liking this one as much. I feel like it focused even more so on the politics than the last one and that sort of fantasy writing just doesn't keep my attention as well. The plot did take some surprising turns and I think there are just wasn't as much romance in this one it was more fighting and the action and trying to figure out what to do with the magic users and trying to fight off the wraight. I skimmed through quite a bit of it because I still wanted to know what happened regardless of not being as into some of the plot details. I still like Wil a lot. she was smart strong and she tried to do what she saw in her eyes as right and she was still fighting for her kingdom and for them to live free of threats and free from the wraight. At about 80% the book it really picked up and got my attention. I liked how it wrapped up and finished the story lines. Bottom Line: Not as good for me as first, but liked the ending a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. This book has great characters and a great plot. I had a hard time putting tgis book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next book, the only negative thing I can say is that I'm pissed it's not ready, I'm so eager to read it!!!!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This one took me some time to get into. I'll be honest and say that I'm guessing it's mostly my fault since I didn't reread the first book before starting this one. There are a lot of things that happen in this story and I won't spoil it for anyone. There's some swoons and heartbreak and laughs and it's just a rollercoaster. There were a few things I didn't see coming and while I would have like a little more from the ending, it was pretty satisfying. **Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
BooksAndPrejudice More than 1 year ago
This was everything I could have ever wanted in the sequel to The Orphan Queen and more. I've now read this twice, and I'm half broken and 100% okay with that. How do I describe this book? How do I do it? There is so much that happens. I laughed, I cried, I raged, I cheered. I need the final copy of this book in my hands. We leave off the moment The Orphan Queen ends. So it's in the middle of quite a lot of action. If you've read the teaser chapters from the novellas, you know how the novel starts: very gloomily. But things are never slow in the world of Wilhelmina and Tobiah. Even preparing for his coronation and his wedding to Meredith, things get so... mucked up. This book has so much action. I love it. We don't see as much of Tobiah as Black Knife, but that's understandable, considering he's now ruling his own kingdom. And there were times that he just infuriated me to no end. But that was understandable too. Gosh, I love Tobiah. Does he have any flaws? The answer is yes. And we find out exactly what they are. He's hiding a big secret. And honestly, I had kind of guessed part of his secret. It was hinted at throughout both of the novels. But then... This book is so full of twists. I don't want to spoil anything, so I will just say that. It is so full of spectacular twists, some of them I saw coming, some of them I didn't. And the ones I didn't? Wow. Just wow. We get to see a lot more of Wil's power in this installment. Not only that, we see other flashers and how their powers work, which is pretty cool since the only one we saw in action before was Wil. And we get to see Connor's abilities too. In fact, the rest of the Ospreys play a larger roll in the second installment of the series. And what about the wraith boy? Well he certainly does a lot. Reasons You Should Read This Book 1 - If you read The Orphan Queen, you're probably dying from that cliffhanger at the end. And those novellas only help so much. So you'll need this one right away to help stop all the lamp throwing you most certainly want to do. 2 - It was written by Jodi Meadows. Having read everything she's published I can fairly say that she is my favorite author. She combines beautiful prose with witty dialogue and amusing main characters. And one of the things I have always come to expect from her books is to be sure I have a box of tissues available for all the crying I'll be doing. 3 - The characters are awesome! The wraith boy is weird, funny, kind of creepy at times, but overall extremely loyal. He has a huge part to play. And so does James, one of my favorites from the first book. James' role is even bigger. 4 - Plot twists are a thing. This book has a lot of them. Some of them I saw coming. Some of them it was like BOOM! and then I was on the floor crying again because that was a thing and I was all "Jodi why have you done this to me?!" But yes. Plot twists. They happen. 5 - The cover is gorgeous! Good reason to read a book? Maybe not. But still a reason. I love covers. Reasons Not to Read This Book 1 - You haven't read The Orphan Queen yet. Why haven't you read it yet? Stop reading this review and go read The Orphan Queen. 2 - You didn't like The Orphan Queen. In that case, I'm not sure we can still be friends. 3 - I got nothing. Just go read it! Overall? I loved it. This book. It's amazing. If you are in the #OQSupportGroup, you will need this right away. Sit down with a box of tissues and read to your heart's content.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
This second and final book (it is a duology) in The Orphan Queen series was filled with so much development and excitement, that until the last page, I was chewing on my fingernails. The stakes were definitely higher, when at the end of the Orphan Queen, Tobiah gets a mortal wound. Now, in the aftermath, Wil does what she can to restore him, while also securing her kingdom. There is a power struggle going on, and she is trapped in the middle of it. Adding to her troubles is the sentient wraith she called to life, who is now her devoted servant, but with twisted ideas of what makes her happy. She is hailed and shunned, alike, and while the kingdoms are warring over power, there is the looming threat of the encroaching wraith. During the course of this book, Wil has to learn the hardships of being a queen and a leader firsthand. There are instances when she has to let go of the life she had beforehand, be something other than the Osprey that she was. Her identity crisis was so neatly depicted with the allegory of her handwriting. James was such a great character in this book – he becomes a wonderful confidant and friend to her. The change that befalls them in the second half, then, made me fearful of how the book would end. It was sad, sure, but not an unhappy one. There was resolution and hope, and even the romance convinced me this time around. There is something truly sweet about them together, and dropping the masks they had donned. Overall, a fitting conclusion for this fantasy series, though I am sad to see it end in only two books. Received a free galley from Katherine Tegen Books, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.