I was super psyched the other day to receive an advanced review copy of Frank Beddor's "Seeing Redd", the second book in "The Looking Glass Wars" series, and I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint.
For those not familiar with "The Looking Glass Wars" you can check out our review, but to sum up, "Wars" tells us the true story of "Alice in Wonderland" and how a young Alyss Heart, princess of Wonderland, came to Earth, was adopted by the Liddells and how her tragic story became the fodder for Lewis Carroll's famous, albeit untrue, book.
"Redd" begins with the returned Alyss adjusting to palace life, practicing her White Imagination, and desperately trying to find time alone with Dodge. There is concern that Redd might not be gone for good, but the Wonderlandians keep their collective fingers crossed that she won't return.
But, as we soon discover, Redd isn't gone, but trapped with The Cat in Alyss' Looking Glass Maze. And she's not Alyss' only problem. Arch, king of Boarderland has his own designs on Wonderland. Arch's misognystic views of the world make him feel like he's the best ruler for the job and has a terrible plan in place to destroy Wonderland. And, with Hatter Madigan out of the picture, Alyss wonders if she can pull it all together to save her world.
"Redd" starts off a little slow as Alyss adjusts to palace life, but the pace quickly picks up as Alyss works to uncover who is behind viscious attacks by the Glass Eyes and who has taken Homburg Molly, her newly appointed body guard. And, while not much of the book takes place on Earth, there are many quite memorable scenes (Lewis Carroll does make another appearance). I definitely recommend this follow up to "The Looking Glass Wars" as a great read.
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