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ArchEnemy (The Looking Glass Wars #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,617 Ratings  ·  642 Reviews
The Heart CrystalÕs 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. ...more
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Puffin (first published October 1st 2009)
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Dec 08, 2009 Annalisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Bradon
Shelves: sci-fi
Have you ever wondered if the Matrix would make a good book and then tried to imagine how an author would describe Reeves billowing trench coat and those swift motions that robotically counter those powerful agents? Probably not, but if you had, you'd quickly realize that somethings are best visual. And speaking of the Matrix, you know how the Matrix was cool and then the sequels weren't as good (when are they ever) and by the end you were done with this idea that was originally so creative but ...more
In this series, The Looking Glass Wars, Frank Beddor his given us an intricate, highly imaginative world. He took the world of Wonderland to a new level, giving it more depth, creativity and action. This final book takes what the first two books created to give us an action-packed ending.

While I love the series concept, I felt this one fell short of what the first two books set-up. The imagination was starting to feel a bit flat in this book. A few new ideas but mostly just a long wrap-up of t
The Flooze
(4 for the world-building. 2.5 for the actual story.)

ArchEnemy is the sort of story that will make a visually stunning action movie. There's no doubt that Beddor can perfectly visualize every aspect of his detailed, intricate Wonderland.

But you know how, in action movies, your attention is so focused on the varied kabooms that you never have the chance to notice the wooden performances? After all, who cares if characters are phoning in the emotions, so long as the fight scenes are furious and t
I think my qualm with this book is that it reads like a screenplay. The plot seems extremely disjointed and jumpy. There just isn't much continuity and no smooth segways. Furthermore, the entire books is written like a description. Only the bare essentials are given and done so in the most boring language. During action scenes it seems as if every sentence begins with the name of a character and a physical description of their movements, yet with no imagery or feeling. Overall the result is you ...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
WILL DODGE KILL THE CAT?!?!?!?!?! aggghhhhhh!



i cant wait to find out!!!
Jan 06, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Frank Beddor likes his villains.

No, he loves them.

He loves them to the point where he gives Alyss, Queen of Wonderland, three pages for every ten devoted to the villains. The villains, for their part, do a lot of Snidely Whiplash-esque teeth-gnashing and vain threatening. Redd Heart is campy to the point of making me groan, and Arch is a stereotype. Meanwhile, we're supposed to care about Alyss' and Dodge's thwarted love, Alyss' struggle to reunite the queendom, etc, when we're given only brief,
Arielle Walker
A slightly disappointing end to the trilogy. The basic ideas are stil wonderfully inventive, but I honestly feel that this is one of those rarely occurring books where it would translate better in film. Simply too much focus on (and too little description of) confusing fights with technology that was hard to imagine (if you'll excuse the unintentional pun). The writing itself seems to have gotten worse, but still, some pretty unique ideas and interesting twists.
2.5 stars. I was a little disappointed in this conclusion to "The Looking-Glass Wars." Honestly, I need a re-read but when I did read it, I remember thinking, "What? This is it? THIS is where we end? Oh well." There was little characterization, all action, and what we did get of characterization was all for the villains. Don't get me wrong. I love a good villain. Tar Man for one. Redd for another. I love her character. But when the story is supposed to be about Alyss, or at least that was what I ...more
Oct 25, 2009 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I am of two minds as I write this review:

My first mind admits to enjoying the subgenre of novels that rewrite classic stories - Gardner's Jason and Medeia or Updike's Gertrude and Claudius, that tell a tale from a different POV - Moore's Fool is one I read recently, or that explain what really happened on that "dark and stormy night" - Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg. My junior/senior high school English teacher had us rewrite a classic from another character's POV (I chose Dracula - told
Dec 31, 2009 Lanica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lanica by: Erin
The first two books of the series revolved around the characters of Alyss and Redd, this book detours more into the characters of Arch and the caterpillars and I was left feeling that the ending that could-have-been would have been better if the author had stayed with Alyss and Redd.

I loved the first two books, but this one just fell flat. I never got into the character of Arch, so when he took over the plot line I sort of lost interest. I kept reading because I wanted to know that the rest of
Anne Osterlund
Imagination is in danger, both black and white. With rebellion surging within Wonderland, Alyss and her bodyguard head off in disguise to a rally against the very force that has made her queen. But the rally soon spirals into violence, and Alyss and Dodge are forced to flee for their lives.

Which gives King Arch the perfect opportunity to invade Wonderland and capture its throne. Unfortunately for Arch, his attack on imagination has done the one thing nothing else could accomplish.

It has placed R
Sep 14, 2015 Kailey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I though this was the perfect ending for this trilogy! A big climactic battle at the end and then everything resolved. The world of Wonderland is so imaginative and magical, and I loved how it connects with Earth. Wonderland is very different from the Lewis Carroll books, and has such a cool twist on the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the whole cast of Wonderland characters, and even Alyss herself!

Like the other books, the writing isn't amazing, but definitely entertaining. There's plenty of
Another reviewer explained it very well. But I will reiterate it here. The Looking Glass Wars is a nice story, it's very visually expressive and action packed, but sometimes that sort of story does not translate well into a book. And is best left to visual interpretations, such as a movie.
The other reviewer gave an example, How would the Matrix have come off as a book? Not very well I imagine. Because it was a story that broke boundaries. There were too many concepts that it could only e
Alex at Raiding Bookshelves
Frank Beddor has completed a trilogy worth of the adoration it drew its influences from. Beddor's Looking Glass trilogy is based on the Adventures of a well loved favourite, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
In the intense conclusion to the Looking Glass Adventure, Arch Enemy, Wonderland has lost it's powers of imagination and Queen Alyss is powerless. Borderlands King Arch's machinations in Seeing Redd have given him the power to turn Wonderland from a Queendom to a Kingdom, and
Just Me
Apr 07, 2010 Just Me rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I agree with many of the reviews here stating that this was written in a "movie-manner". It seemed that Mr. Beddor just wanted to sum everything up, nice and neat, with no remaining loose ends. I found Molly's depression rather annoying, seeing as instead of opening up to THE ONLY REMAINING RELATIVE SHE HAS, she becomes moody and silent (beyond the normal teenage angst), pushing Hatter away, when he is only trying to help.

Whereas I liked Dodge in all the other books, in this one I fou
Jan 21, 2011 Heatheraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last book in the Looking Glass Wars Trilogy, ARCHENEMY by Frank Beddor (2009) is a climactic war for Wonderland and for imagination. I enjoyed all three books. The world Beddor created is truly magnificent and thoroughly planned out. He’s created an entire line of weaponry, measurements, phrases and more for this trilogy. It is quite impressive. I would dare say that the last one was the most intricate. And if you’re new to this trilogy, start at the beginning with THE LOOKING GLASS WARS the ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Miss Clark
A decent conclusion to the wonderfully creative reimagining of Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

The writing itself is not ideal and on its own would garner 2.5 stars at its best. It is very visual and action oriented, with little time spent on emotions and even less on the character development of main characters. You are told such and such emotion is felt or this decision made, but it is never shown to the reader and that can make it extremely difficult to feel the story. I can picture it just fin
Christian Petrie
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Eric Dunn
Apr 26, 2011 Eric Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the 3rd, and final, book in "The Looking Glass Wars" trilogy. When I started this book I was very intrigued about how Beddor was going to wrap up all the loose ends from the first two books in the series. I have to say I was not disappointed. The only frustration I had with the book was the very abrupt end. The endings to the other two books were awesome, but I have to say that the ending to this one lacked a little bit in my opinion. It did the job of tying everything up but it was so a ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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In this final book of THE LOOKING GLASS WARS trilogy, Wonderland's Heart Crystal's powers have been depleted and so have the powers of Imagination. This leaves Wonderland vulnerable to its enemies, which, according to the caterpillar oracles, are many.

With doubts in the air and hidden enemies within Wonderland, who may even be people pretending to be her friend, Alyss forms an uneasy truce with Redd, the queen who killed her parents and took over Wonderland
Apr 14, 2012 Gabi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I began to read this book, I had curiously started to wonder how Mr. Frank Beddor would end the book in this intriging trilogy because of the amount of extensive writing within it and I wasn't dissapointed at all. With such powerful extremes and risks that many of the characters in this book have to encounter, it was a complete page turner! While reading the book as each chapter revolves around certain characters, be prepared to wish to know what was happening to the others because it wil ...more
Jan 17, 2010 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I must say, I'm a little torn. Part of me wants to say that this was a fantastic book, a perfect ending to the trilogy, but unfortunately, I don't think I can. A lot of this book was insignificant fighting scenes that seemed to go on forever. I'm sure this makes it a popular read for some readers, but that's really not what I go into books for. The writing was spectacular, sharply witty, albeit going overboard sometimes with the details of the fight scenes, and it was through this amazing writin
Dec 16, 2009 Janine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book because I read the first two and I wanted the series to end well. I kept reading it, even after I started to think that it was dragging on and not well written. It did eventually get better, but that wasn't till almost the very end. Often times when I would finish a chapter, I would think to myself "What was the point of that chapter?" I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary chapters that created no movement in the story, just a bunch of words to fill pages. ...more
Katrina Roets
Mar 17, 2015 Katrina Roets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My initial reaction? It's over?!? What?!? It can't be over! There has to be more! But, no matter how many times I tried, the back cover was the back cover. I wasn't ready for it to be over and it didn't feel over. I guess I wanted to know what happened to everyone... and I can't tell you more than that without spoilers...drat! I honestly hope that, at some point, Frank decides to give us a slim tome to let us know. So, now that I've semi-gushed, let me get down to details:

The good? This entire s
Mar 30, 2014 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first two books in the series quite quickly and really enjoyed them, I started this one but for multiple reasons I haven't had much time to read over the last week or so so this got put to the side. I had a day off today so decided to finish it.

Alyss and Redd are still at war but now they also have a common enemy - Arch. Determined to take over and make Wonderland into a Kingdom he disables the Heart Crystal rendering Alyss and Redd's powers useless.

Alyss must try to defeat Arch and
Dec 23, 2014 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 22, 2016 Rachael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars, 2016-reads
Probably my least favorite of the three??? The first one was definitely the best.
Mar 17, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-0-12, ya-12-18
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I really enjoyed the whole trilogy. Beddor was able to create a word of his own while staying truthful to the original story. I love the character developtment and I really was pleased with how it ended. I also like the fact that even when a lot of people will consider Alice in Wonderland more of a girl story, The Looking Glass Wars trilogy would really be a great read for boys as well. I highly recommend for kids ages 9 and older.
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Literary Sleuth and world creator Frank Beddor dared to expose the true story of Wonderland in the New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy The Looking Glass Wars. To satisfy the awakened curiosity of his readers he continued to tell the parallel adventures of Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan’s search for the lost princess in the graphic novel series Hatter M. He lives in Los Angeles.
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“Redd turned to her assassins. "What is it I always say?"
The Cat, Sacrenoir, and the others bandied uncertain glances about.
"Don’t be stupid?" ventured Alistaire.
"I should kill you now?" offered The Cat.
"Do I have to murder everyone myself?" tried Siren.
"No, idiots! When in doubt, go for the head. That’s what I always say. ”
“It is supposed that power corrupts,' the caterpillar said in a voice as untroubled as time itself. "yet the powerful are often corrupt before they are powerful. In fact, I find that they too often become powerful by being corrupt. Whether real or perceived, a lack of power can also corrupt.” 14 likes
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