Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Looking Glass Wars, Frank Beddor

The queendom had been enjoying a tentative peace ever since the time, twelve years earlier, when unbridled bloodshed spattered the doorstep of every Wonderlander. The civil war hadn't been the longest in all of recorded history, but no doubt it was one of the bloodiest. 

Alyss Heart, princess of Wonderland and heir to the throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous aunt Redd who has seized the kingdom. She finds herself in Victorian London. When she is befriended by an author, she tells him her story and hopes that he'll tell the truth so that someone will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong, even spelling her name incorrectly. but Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan has been searching for Alyss, and when she is twenty, he brings her back to take back her kingdom.

I liked this book a lot. It's obviously a play off of Alice in Wonderland and it had a great plot. I liked the way that Beddor made Alyss into a princess from Wonderland who gets lost in England and then returns to her home. There was great magic in this book, as well as wonderful characters. Especially Aunt Redd, the evil queen of hearts. She has this mad air about her that Beddor captured very well. Though the plot device was very familiar (banished princess must take back her queendom), I still really loved it. The Looking Glass Wars kept me reading, and I finished it in a few short hours. There is a sequel too, called Seeing Redd.

Read The Looking Glass Wars:
  • if you like Alice in Wonderland
  • if you like fantasy stories
358 pages.


Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf For Rereading (jf I own it)!

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