Arch Enemy [Looking Glass Wars #3] by Frank Beddor




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[As mentioned with the others in the series, the nice thing about these books is the cool art that is both used on the covers but also inserted into the book]


“The Heart Crystal’s power has been depleted, and Imagination along with it. The people of Wonderland have all lost their creative drive, and most alarmingly, even Queen Alyss is without her powers. But at least the vicious Redd Heart seems to be similarly disabled. Amazingly, she is attempting to team up with her enemy, Alyss, in order to reclaim Wonderland from King Arch. Alyss might have no choice but to accept Redd’s overtures, especially when she begins to receive alarming advice from the caterpillar oracles…”



Finally, the third and final book in the main storyline of the Looking Glass Wars series.

Honestly, it was a huge pain in the ass to get through this book. It took forever for me to get past the beginning especially, and I kept procrastinating in trying to keep reading it because I just… didn’t want to. But at this point, I had already forced myself to re-read the first and second books so that I could read the third that I hadn’t read yet, so it would have been a huge waste of time [and books I could have read instead] if I had quit before reading the third book. So I forced myself through it.

As the synopsis says, essentially after the last book, the Imagination that gives people powers in Wonderland was snuffed out temporarily, leaving Queen Alyss [and therefore her evil Aunt Redd powerless as well] which allowed the ever-sexist King Arch to attack and take over Wonderland as Alyss worked to get her Imagination back to retaliate. The book really emphasizes that essentially people who have relied on Imagination have rendered themselves useless, and that makes at least Alyss pause for thought. The entire time, the Caterpillar Oracles are meddling between all three [Alyss, Arch, and Redd] to get them to do as needed for a mysterious plan. The unthinkable happens at one point and Alyss and her Aunt Redd [keep in mind Redd murdered all of Alyss’ other family in front of her] in order to join their powers to take on Arch. Of course lots of back stabbing is involved. Events of Alyss having to return to the ‘real’ world and protect her ‘earth’ family also happen, including having to interact with the rather despised Lewis Carrol/Charles Dodgson.

I dunno. The book is fine. It’s just… there are YA novels, of course – and there are really good YA novels out there. But I really must have had my nostalgia glasses on wanting to re-read these because I didn’t really enjoy them much at all, and they were just sort of mediocre.

There’s plenty of charm in these books, but I guess now they just aren’t for me anymore.

Also while the book doesn’t have a ‘perfect fairy tale’ ending, it was super sappy and just made me crinkle my nose. The entire series was based on sort of angst-based romance with little sappy bits here and there, but the actual ending to the book is just cheese.

Interesting tidbit: The super misogynist/sexist [written so on-the-nose that it was actually cringeworthy, and not in the way the author intended, I’m sure] King Arch is hinted to become President of the United States. Huh. [eyes the current POTUS]

Now will I also go re-read or finish reading the related Hatter M comics or apparently a new comic in the LGW series called Crossfire? Ehhhhhhh. Let’s just say I’ll probably never go out of my way to do so. If I happen to find them cheap or I’m gifted them, I’ll read them, sure. Mostly because they’re comics and not another actual book, though.



I give Arch Enemy 3/5 Hookah-Smoking Caterpillars


“Charging warriors met their fate as if at the bottom of a blender…”






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