Monday, 17 March 2014
Author: Frank Beddor
Series: The Looking Glass Wars (book 2)
Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
Alyss of Wonderland's rules has only just begun, and already those who prefer chaos to peace are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. Trailed by newly appointed royal bodyguard Homburg Molly, Alyss is doing her best to keep pace with the non-stop demands of being queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge.
Alyss' life is a challenging mix of duty, love and tough decisions, and then a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth of Her Imperial Viciousness' return and have everyone...Seeing Redd.
Has Redd somehow freed herself and her chief assassin, The Cat, from the confides of the Heart Crystal? If not, then who has resurrected Redd's brutal foot soldiers the Glass Eyes and set them loose to attack Wonderland on all sides?
After finishing book 1 I had to move straight onto book 2, I couldn't wait.
This picks up right where we left of, Alyss is rebuilding Wonderland after Redd's cruel reign. She is still discovering who she can trust but trying to be a good and fair Queen, whilst at the same time trying to find out if Dodge is the man she remembered him to be. BUt thinks barely start to come back together before Wonderland is attacked once more by Glass-Eye's and everyone starts to panic the Redd is back, once more into battle, Alyss never knew being Queen was such hard work.
What I loved about this book is that it actually splits into quite a lot of side stories and follows other characters - but each of these insights into others lives all add up to the main story. You get to follow Redd and the Cat, Hatter Madigan, Alyss herself and characters such as Jack of Diamonds. This gives you a wider view of the story and the world and I found this much more exciting as you could watch it all come together from every side.
I would say this book was a bit slower than the first but still a gripping read and very exciting, it also has some unexpected twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
For a second part of a trilogy it does a great job, it moves the story on nicely, develops the characters well then sets the ending up that leaves you with an explosive storyline for the next book.
I am so glad I finally got round to reading this book and am only cross with myself for not doing it sooner!
Posted by barmybex at 23:28