The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars #1) by Frank Beddor
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Received: Bought used
Description: You know the myth…
A little girl named Alice tumbled down a rabbit hole and proceeded to have a charming adventure in the delightful, made-up world of Wonderland…
Now discover the truth… Wonderland Exists!
Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, was forced to flee through the Pool of Tears after a bloody palace coup staged by the murderous Redd. 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 only to see it published as the nonsensical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyss had trusted Lewis Carroll to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere would find her and bring her home. But Carroll had gotten it all wrong. He even misspelled her name! If not for royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan’s nonstop search to locate the lost princess, Alyss may have become just another society woman sipping tea in a too-tight corset instead of returning to Wonderland to fight Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
Meet the heroic, passionate, monstrous, vengeful denizens of this parallel world as they battle each other with AD-52’s and orb generators, navigate the Crystal Continuum, bet on jabberwock fights and travel across the Chessboard Desert.
Review: If you thought that the Alice in Wonderland story couldn’t be better then you haven’t read this book. And if you though that Alyss’ story wouldn’t be heart-wrenching and feels-ridden, well then you were wrong. This is such a wonderful retelling of the classic story, putting Alyss in the place of both Alice Liddel and Princess Alyss Heart.
One of the most clever things this author could have done was explain the original Alice story, within the context of his retelling, as a lie. To give more explanation that would be to ruin one of the best parts of the story but it is one of the most creative ways of reconciling a retelling with its original source material. I’m a big fan of the way this was handled, can you tell?