My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
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Knowing that this series was going to be a duology made me feel both relieved and sad. Relieved because I wouldn't have to wait yet another year for a possible third book to be released and sad because yet another great story by Jodi Meadows was coming to an end.
The story immediately picks up from the horrible cliffhanger we were left one year ago. Wil will have to face Patrick and save the rest of the Ospreys while at the same time she must deal with the wraith boy she created.
Needless to say that there is a cluster of emotions; friendship and hatred, suspicion and regret and angst, lots of it. Jodi gave great detail in the emotional world of Wil and her relationships with the others. Especially after the events of a particular chapter (cruel, very cruel Jodi!), Wil must travel back to Aecor while at the same time in her whole world there is an Apocalypse coming. There was a point I even sympathized with the wraith boy and his brutal honesty.
There was nothing I didn't love in Jodi's writing. The dresses, the world building even the way she describes magic, makes the book unique. You can aslo understand the symbolsim behind this dashing, drool-worthing cover!
The ending was indeed bittersweet but filled with hope. It's actually pretty good for once to read a book that had too much emotional turmoil yet gave me a hopeful smile. "The Mirror King" was a great ending to this series. So for now I am going to hope and anticipate the next book by Jodi Meadows. And if you want a healthy dose of her writing, don't forget to read her other series "Newsoul". ;)
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