Book Review: The Mirror King – Jodi Meadows

 

Better write this up before I finish my current reading and take a nap XD

I’m glad this book was at Switzerland with me even though I barely read it :) Books deserve to travel and collect my memories too ;)


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Name: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher(s): Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Synopsis

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.


Book Cover Comments

Slightly annoyed that Tobiah is so cute but Wil is average XD (in my opinion, sorry I’m judgemental) I love the dawn/dusk, the way the lavender blends with the yellow, and the fact that we have the very important location in this book: Wil’s castle in Aecor, the place where she was born in, and the bridge that connects the two lands, and the river beneath it that will mean everything.


The Review

The Orphan Queen was pretty amazing. But the Mirror King? Lords above heavens I cannot describe how amazing this was. Every single aspect of it was absolutely magnificent and wonderful.

“There’s this truth about mirrors. It’s inescapable. But they can lie, too. They can distort the truth, even hide the truth. They create illusion.”

In the previous book, we have Wilhelmina going through struggles with identities. And now, it is the struggles with politics, social issues, and managing a kingdom itself.  Wilhelmina has to think over and over again, what could be better, was she ever ready for this, and I think it is all that self doubt and questioning that Wilhelmina had that really inspired me, inspired me thinking about how much alike everyone is in real life. And in the end, no one is ready for anything, but we’ll just have to do our best.

“I’m not trying to rescue you, but I am trying to help you succeed. There’s a difference.”

The politics in this book are hella complicated. The unpredictable thoughts of the crowds, the sides they take, what they choose to believe and not, lies, deceiving words, riots of dissatisfaction. The desire of different people, the same final objective but different paths that leads to even more conflicts, oh, it just makes everything so exciting to watch.

“Sometimes we hate others for the things we hate in ourselves.”

The romance in this book is just insanely firey. The secret moments and seconds where Wilhelmina and Tobiah will forget everything around them, and drown themselves in even just a little bit of the ocean of love, the separation that causes readers’ hearts to ache, the choices between listening to their heart and respect.

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

And in this book, we get even closer to the heart of what the wraith is, and we get an even better taste when a wraith creature, who follows the orders of Wilhelmina acts interestingly. And the way that this wraith has changed from the very beginning of the book, all up to the very end where we all have to let go of this wonderful story. The wraith boy is absolutely magnificent and beautiful.

“Chrysalis.”

Mirrors are a trendy topic in this book, and the impacts it makes on the wraith. The wraith boy also constantly talks about mirrors, and I feel like this whole book was a mirror itself, in a way where the characters get to see what they really look like inside, listening to their heart, and how the mirror is a very mysterious being, both exciting and frightening at the same time. The reflection of one’s self.

“Mirrors are both truth-speakers and liars.”

The revelations and truths in this book were astonishingly shocking. Some things you never ever saw it coming, the suddenness and the greatness of that revelation, how much it could change, *gods all the feels*.


This book was a perfect read, and it was absolutely beautiful. From the characters, to the world, politics and everything else.

 

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