Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Blog Tour: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Review + Giveaway

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The Mirror King

By Jody Meadows
Read: September 19 - 25, 2015
Published:  April 5, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Edelweiss (THANK YOU!!)
Category: YA Fantasy, queens, masked vigilantes 
Series: The Orphan Queen #2 (Duet + 4 prequel novellas)
Find: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound

Description: 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.

NOTE: The Mirror King is the second book in a series. See my thoughts on The Orphan Queen, HERE


I'm loving the new duet trend, especially when the second book in the series is is as emotional and epic as this one is, and the end of the first installment is as shocking as The Orphan Queen was. In my mind, The Mirror King splits itself well into two halves, but thankfully, I didn't have to wait to read the latter one. This is a win-win for me. I don't want to say a lot about how the book splits itself up, but YOU WILL KNOW, and I am so thankful the book didn't stop at that point.

Many of the secrets from The Orphan Queen, and questions of identity, are no longer hidden from the reader - or Wilhelmina - in this installment. We know the identity of Black Knife and the Indigo Kingdom knows that Wil is the princess of Aecor. But that hasn't really made anything easier for her. Wil's magic is seemingly more uncontrollable, the wraith are coming, and claiming her kingdom still feels out of reach. Not to mention that when the book begins, Tobiah is lying on the floor covered in blood, Patrick is on the loose and what the wraith boy will do next is anyone's guess. All this is to say that this story starts with a bang, and I could not put it down.

Most of all, I fell more in love with Wilhelmina as I read this book. From the start of this series, my heart has belonged to her, and that love continues to grow throughout this installment. Wil is put in one impossible situation to another, and I admired it through it all. Even when she makes mistakes, she always has her people's best interest at heart, and she works as hard  as she can to do the right thing in all circumstances. I hated seeing the moments when she doubted herself, faced criticism or felt less than others. But I was so so proud of her strength and integrity through this book. All hail Wilhelmina! 

If I'm being honest, I struggled with the romance in the first half of the story. The set-up and how it plays out was really hard for me, and I was not happy with how all parties handled it. Much of this is my personal low threshold for complicated things, but, thankfully, I was much more on board with it in the second half, and fully rooting for them - and swooning - by the end. Changing circumstances and growth from both characters was essential to this. 

The Mirror King is a big book that is action packed all the way through. It also brought on the feels from the start and doesn't let up on the intensity - or gasping revelations. Anything could happen (and does) at any moment. Second book slump doesn't exist in these pages. You don't want to miss this series! 

Love Triangle Factor: Feeling's wise none (also none from Wil's POV. But a big 'it's complicated' in relationship set up, because Tobiah is engaged to Meredith when the book begins.

Cliffhanger Scale: Series end!

About the Author

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, 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. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen).

*A Kippy is a cat.



Blog Tour
Thank you Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books for organizing this tour!

Swoon Thursday
Top Masked Vigilantes
ABCs: Character Edition
Calligraphy Post



WIN (1) copy of The Orphan Queen + one (1) copy of The Mirror King! 

Open internationally (as long as Book Depository ships to your country).


  1. Awesome!

    Question, who hosted this tour?

  2. because it was recommended to me by several blogger friends and i love teh blurb , teh covers are really magnifient

    thank you a lot for opening this to international

  3. Love your review! I thought The Mirror King was SO great, even better than the first book! Wil really is a wonderful character and I loved how she (and the others) changed throughout the two books. I really couldn't see where the romance was going to go but oh my goodness THAT ONE PART. I had to put my book down for 20 minutes hahahaha. So glad you enjoyed this as much as I did :)

  4. LOVED The Orphan Queen SO MUCH! So I'm super excited to read The Mirror King!

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  6. The books look so good and the blurbs really sell the books to me. I can't wait to read them, i know I'm going to enjoy them. Thanks for opening it up to international i can finally enter a giveaway :)

  7. I love the blurb on both books. Additionally, I've read great reviews of the books, and have wanted to read the books for some time. It's exciting to get a chance to win both books.

  8. YAY!! I'm so excited this is a duet because I can finally read it. Lately I've been loving the duets since I've been waiting more and more for series to be over before I start them. Or at least I've been trying to. This one has been particularly hard for me because it seems like everyone has been talking about it and I know that you've really liked it. FINALLY.

  9. Yay :D Lovely blog tour post Lauren. <3 Thank you so much for sharing all of your lovely thoughts about this precious book. I'm so glad you liked it :D YAY. I loved it so much. <3 Hugs. Just such an amazing book. I'm glad you grew to like the romance more :) Yay. I didn't feel like it was a love triangle, hih, but yeah, a little bit of complicated, even so. But anyway. Your review is amazing sweet girl :)

  10. I loved Orphan Queen but I admit, I was a little disappointed with Mirror King. A lot had to do with the romance and the separation. I realize the separation was necessary to Wil's growth and honestly, that was the best part of the book. I also thought the wraith boy's character had so much more potential. I enjoyed it but at the same time, just didn't love it. ~Pam

  11. My friend recommended Orphan Queen to me so I've been meaning to try it! And I met Jodi Meadows when she was on tour promoting Incarnate, her first book, and she was so sweet!


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