Prince Tobiah is on his deathbed after an attempted assassination
by Patrick. Princess Wilhelmia is desperate to save him, partly because he is
her only ally, but mostly because she loves him despite him being engaged to
someone else. Wil is also determined to reclaim her country but she doesn’t
want a war that would lead to death for both people in Indigo and Aecor
kingdoms. On top of that Wil is worried about her magic and how it created
wraith boy, and what implications will it have on the wraith that is growing
The Mirror King is the very good second and final book in
the Orphan Queen duology. It had lots of unexpected twists and turns and for
the most part very fast paced, but in the middle it slowed and did not hold my
attention. This book had intense action, good world building and a complex and
heart-breaking romance. I would suggest
rereading The Orphan Queen as it does not catch you up that well.
Wil has become more indecisive in this book, especially
after an important point in the story, and does not feel like she is good
enough. However, while she has a lot of insecurities they were understandable
and she admits when she has made mistakes, as well as being loyal and kind.
Tobiah will do anything to help and protect his people either as the prince or
Black Knife. He also faces a lot of difficult choices in this book and goes
through a massive emotional journey.
The romance was heart-breaking and was complicated as so
much stood between Wil and Tobiah, and I had no idea how there was going to be
a happy ending, especially after an event at 43% of the way through. There were
lots of three dimensional secondary characters such as James, Melanie and
wraith boy, but I wish the villains where more interesting, particularly
Patrick as I felt with not much effort he could have become a relatable bad
I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to
reading more books from Meadows. I would recommend The Mirror King to fans of
The Orphan Queen.
Prince Tobiah has been beaten and broken, he has lost two
people he cares about and on top of that his enemy Hensley knows his real
identity. Tobiah has to stop Hensley trading the drugs to the Nightmare gang
before it is too late and Skyvale will be overrun with firefly.
The Black Knife is the final prequel novella to The
Orphan Queen and it is fast paced and full of action. I am glad I waited until
all of the novellas were out before starting to read them as it worked well
reading them as if they were one book. I really liked how we got to know how
Tobiah became the person we know in the Orphan Queen and how he fights for what
is right and to protect his people. I also liked the relationship between him
and James and they are brilliant best friends and I hope we get to see more of
them together in the next book. I am really looking forward to reading The
Mirror King and seeing what happens next after that cliff-hanger ending. I
would recommend The Black Knife to fans of The Orphan Queen.
After watching his tutor being murdered and discovering
that Skyvale is under threat, Prince Tobiah is determined to stop the murderer
Hensley. With guidance for Romily, a girl who knows the way around the
rooftops, is Tobiah willing to risk his reputation or his life to make things
The Burning Hand is the third prequel novella in The
Orphan Queen series and my favourite so far but also the darkest. I love
getting to know Tobiah better and seeing how much he wants to help his country
despite how corrupt it is. I also liked how clumsy he is compared to the
vigilante we know and love. I also did not see that twist about James coming. I
really enjoyed The Burning Hand and would recommend it to fans of Jodi Meadows
Prince Tobiah’s parents are pushing him closer to the new
girl at court, Meredith, but he is distracted by the attack on his favourite
tutor, Knight. When Knight plans on meeting the person Tobiah believes attacked
him, Tobiah sets out to discover what his tutor is mixed up in.
The Glowing Knight is
the second novella in this series about Tobiah. This book is action-packed and
a fun read even though it is dark and deals with drugs. Tobiah is courageous
and wants to discover the truth, and I felt sorry for him and how his parents
treat him. For a novella there are a lot of characters some we know from The
Orphan Queen but also some new. I would recommend The Glowing Knight to people
who have read the first novella and The Orphan Queen.
Prince Tobiah knows his life is sheltered but he wants a
chance to gain more freedom. When he witnesses a crime at his 16th
birthday party he decides to risk everything and tries to find and apprehend
the magical assailant.
The Hidden Prince is the enjoyable first novella of four,
about Prince Tobiah from The Orphan Queen. It was very fast paced and well
written, although it not worth the price considering there was not much too it.
We get to know more about Tobiah and understand his frustration about the lack
of control over his life, even though he is spoiled. We also get to see more of
about James, Meredith and Chey. I liked this novella and I would recommend The
Hidden Prince to fans of the Orphan Queen.
Thanks to Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for giving
this book to review.
17 year old Janet has not had a good start in life and
does not believe that she owes the Clockwork Gods anything. When I heist goes
wrong and her gang and her ends up in prison she makes a deal with Itazura, the
God of Mischief. To get her friends out of a deadly prison she must convince
the gods to warn humanity about the danger they face from the Elder Gods. It is
a lot harder than Janet was expecting especially when she is sure that Itazura
is keeping something important from her.
Hour of Mischief is a very good steampunk fantasy novel.
It is fast paced, has action, twists, mystery and a hint of romance. While
good, I did found that the solutions to the problems were a bit easy. I like
the mythology in this book with the Clockwork and seasonal gods, and the world
that was created.
Janet is reckless, impulsive and sarcastic, but also
loyal to her friends, no nonsense and insecure about failure and her mum.
However, I did feel that Janet’s name did not fit her character. Itazura is
cocky, sneaky and charming but while annoying he is also witty and respects and
is protective of Janet. Laelatia is a fun and caring character. I hope we get
to see more of the Pendulum gang in the next book.
There are lots of unanswered questions left at the end of
this book and I hope they are answered in the next book. I would recommend Hour
of Mischief to fans of Raven by Pauline Creeden and Thief’s Covenant by Ari