The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The sequel to The Orphan Queen ups the stakes considerably, with more wraith shenanigans and more royal intrigue, but also suffers from a bit of an overlength problem, owing, I think, to Jodi Meadows' decision to end the series with this book rather than go for a trilogy. (Though, to be honest, a trilogy would have probably led to there being three drawn-out books as opposed to two.) Really, The Orphan Queen and The Mirror King aren't the best YA fantasy books out there, not when they feel so derivative of so many others, but they're not outright bad either, and Meadows sure has a way of keeping the prose unusually addicting so we can't stop reading even if we want to.
Maybe this series wasn't the best first impression of Meadows, but there's the Incarnate trilogy to really surprise me...and of course I'm seriously dying to read Before She Ignites because DRAGONS, man.
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