This book is a re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. Alyss Heart was six-years-old when the card solders of her aunt ReddThis book is a re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. Alyss Heart was six-years-old when the card solders of her aunt Redd invaded the Heart Castle forcing her to flee with her bodyguard Hatter Madigan through the pool of tears in to our world. Separated from Hatter alone in the streets of London, Alyss finds her self alone, not believed and unable to find her way back to Wonderland to reclaim her mothers throne from the murderous Redd. After young Alyss is adopted and renamed Alice Liddell, constantly being told that the world of her childhood, and her power of imagination, is just a fantasy she tries one last time to connect to the world of her past. Telling the kind Reverend Dodgson her whole life story he then gets it all wrong and publishes the non-sensical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. All while the tyrannical rule of Redd ravages Wonderland and the resistance grows weaker and weaker.
This book came to me as a recommendation from one of my tumblr blog readers Machi38. If you have any recommendations please send them to me.
While this book would seem to be all about Alyss and her life in and outside of Wonderland I think it is very important to establish that this book has many main characters. It is the story of Redd Queen of Wonderland, her top assassin the Cat, the royal historian Bibwit Hare, royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan traveling the world looking for his lost princess, and of Alyss’ childhood best friend Dodge Anderson leader of the resistance movement. All of these characters serve very important functions in the story and we get to know each one very closely through there narration, and all of them are complex and interesting characters.
As you may guess from this above summary of just a few of the books memorable characters a lot goes on in this book. For the most part this book jumps not only large gaps of time but also geographical location and between our world and wonderland very well. My only real complaint about this book would be the sheer number of number of fantastical beasts and inventions Frank Beddor introduces. These things serve to make the story both a complete and fascinating world but also immensely confusing. The characters of this story therefore become the grounding force of reality that every fantasy tale needs.
There were some times I found the writing choppy, and a bit rushed, this was however mostly in the last half of the story and is only a minor complaint. The imagination necessary to take the well established story of Alice in Wonderland and make it new and exiting is were Frank Beddor really shines. As well the background of the connections between our world and that of wonderland and the illustrations in the book are amazing additions to the story.
This book was a very fast read and a thrilling one. This book finds itself very action packed at times (something I am not usually a fan of) and at others has amazing emotional impact. Once I got in to it I honestly couldn’t put it down. I would recommend it to fans of bloody exiting fantasy. ...more