The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor




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“The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook.

The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss’ parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.”



So this is actually another re-read of mine, with some interesting back story. I read this book as soon as it came out [2004, jesus that makes me feel old] and liked it so much that I chose it for this very in-depth book report in school I had to do that required a lot of crafting of items from the book. I don’t remember all that I did but I remember I had made a super bloody and extra sharp set of playing cards, as well as the scepter of Queen Redd.

The reason why I’m re-reading it other than my memory on some of the greater details of the book, is I somehow missed that a third book had come out for the series. I had only read the original and the sequel. I wanted to have the books refreshed in my mind so I can read the book I missed.

Now there are also a lot of random other books that are apart of this universe, a whole series of comics about the assassin Hatter Madigan, for example. But also the universe as a whole is pretty in depth. Art books, and the first book even was released with a soundtrack.

I obviously was a fan of the book the first time I read it, being as I adore anything and everything Alice in Wonderland and it was awesome to see a more adult, darker version in a book format.

It’s super interesting [in both a good and bad way] however, rereading it as an adult. It’s definitely a YA novel, and obviously I read it when I was indeed a young adult. Now as an adult however, it’s almost surprising of how simple it is. Everything is to the point and never much time or information is given for any scene or parts at all. I was able to read the book very quickly. Multiple times I wish that more time and descriptions were put into certain parts.

Another lighter qualm is that the illustrations that they put in the middle of the book [which I love] are pretty spoiler-y? If its your first time reading, some of the art gives away plot points. I’m glad the illustrations are there, but either they need to save some of them for the end of the book, or space them out and make sure that they only show characters that are relevant to the area in the book the picture is near.

I’m still excited to get to the third book to experience it for the first time. I’d say that if you love Alice in Wonderland and if the synopsis seems awesome, go for it with reading it. Find the soundtrack on youtube [or you know, pay for it] and listen to it while reading. It definitely makes for a cool experience. Just keep in mind at least with re-reviewing the first book, it’s made for young adults/teenagers.


I give The Looking Glass Wars 3/5 Card Guards


He bowed his head. “At your service, Your… Imperial Viciousness.”

Redd sneered. “‘Your Imperial Vicousness?’ HA! Yes, that’s perfect. From now on everyone will refer to me as ‘Your Imperial Viciousness…’ or die.”



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