The Black Knife Origins more like - I know Jodi Meadows asks us to read these novellas before 'The Mirror King' but I decided to read it after the book. Definitely helped my big post Mirror King hangover. We saw the accomplished and master vigilante Black Knife in The Orphan Queen. We saw that the Skyvale Crown Prince Tobiah is that vigilante ..... And he is very good at what he does.
The Hidden Prince
The Glowing Knight
The Burning Hand
The Black Knife
These novella here show that like everyone else he too had a beginning. Like everyone else he too used to be somebody unaware of the nature of people outside the walls of their home. But he had the most burden of all. He was a Crown Prince, a future King in the making and he was not one to be spoon-fed.
So he endeavor to set out and right the wrongs of his land. And he was totally useless at it at first. Each novella 8 chapters long, gave us a glimpse in Tobiah's life. Being a Prince is not all glimmer and comfort when your every move is dictated by your King and closely dissected and analysed by everyone else. But when the corruption lies in higher places .... well Tobiah takes the initiative to save his kingdom ..... (Green Arrow's line 'You have failed this city' fits here *wink*)
The Orphan Queen & The Mirror King tells much about Wilhemina than Tobiah. Thus these novellas are a boon because not only do they delve into Tobiah's life before he meets Wil but also tells us how & why his need for vigilantism was needed and what all took place on his first major case. As always very well written by Jodi Meadows. As if that was ever called to question.
"The exciting look on Tobiah's life and the rise of the Black Knife"