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Alys: The Terra Mirum Chronicles

(Terra Mirum Chronicles #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Following her best friend’s suicide, Alyson Carroll descends into the realm of Dreams and Nightmares. In her quest to find home, she discovers that Charlie might not truly be gone after all, but when she meets Oswin, the prince of Terra Mirum, she must face her own fears and raise an army against The Nightmare Queen, or surrender as the world of dreams is consumed by terro ...more
Hardcover, 2nd, 292 pages
Published October 28th 2016 by Doce Blant Publishing (first published August 23rd 2013)
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Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: local-authors
Don't let reviews that talk about typos near the end of the book turn you away. The author acknowledged that she'd accidentally submitted an earlier draft to the Kindle store. That oversight has been fixed and the final copy is up. ...more
Juli Pennock
Could have been...sublime. This is a very imaginative, heart-felt and basically adept take on Alice in Wonderland with a smidge of A Midsummer Night's Dream for spice and reference. I would have LOVED it, were it not for the increasingly frequent typos as the story progressed. The last third is riddled with them, with missing words, a butt-ton of tense mistakes within the same sentences, and even a few sentences that start and then just...poof.

WHERE was the editor? The proofreader? Gah, I'm dis
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading retelling's of old school fairy tales, they are some of my favorite books. But I have never once been able to read one with an Alice in Wonderland theme, this being because I'm not much of an Alice in Wonderland fan.

This is probably the only one I have ever read from start to finish and actually liked. Alys in this book isn't what I was expecting. I really liked how you got a feel for her and the kind of person she is before all the crazy stuff started happening to her. I grew to
Carly K
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a few flaws with regards to editing -- missing or misspelled words, that kind of thing. It detracts from what is otherwise a really compelling reimagining of the world of Alice in Wonderland. I am hopeful that subsequent books in the chronicles of Terra Mirum will be better edited if this first title is successful. It's got some beautiful descriptions and a very rich emotional depth alongside some very playful fairytale elements. ...more
Brecht Denijs
Alys is essentially a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a great big dollop of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer night’s dream thrown in for good measure. An intriguing concept that works very well, I greatly enjoyed this book. The characters are fun, engaging and new. It's quite pleasing to try and figure out who is supposed to be whom. Alys, the eponymous main character, was someone I found myself liking very quickly and a great heroine. I'd very much like to read more books about her, so I am hold ...more
Jeff Lee
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alys is a wonderful story to lose yourself in. Kiri Callaghan has crafted a living, breathing world with two distinct realms: Terra Mirum, the land many will recognize from Alice in Wonderland, and the realm of the Fae (woven of the fabric of Shakespeare and embroidered with threads of Coleridge.)

Dropped into this world is Alys, a young woman from a small town full of small minds. She flees from personal tragedy, only to have an accident that soon has her falling into this strange, new realm of
Stephen Hagelin
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a compelling and dramatic recasting of "Through the Looking Glass," which wrestled with the issues of nightmare and dream, regret, and guilt, and powerlessness, and in the end, hope. I found that within the first ten minutes of reading, I was hooked, as this dreamlike fantasy unfolded not only for me, but for the characters as well. Even the use of 3rd person omniscient for the narrative added a dreamlike quality to it.
I don't want to give away any spoilers of course, but I will say tha
Marti Melville
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing drop down the rabbit hole into a steampunk fantasy world with Alys. Twists in the plot shift the story from the traditional Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" into a more adventurous, darker tale that leaves the reader wanting more.

Alys is a great play on Carroll's novel and a wonderful, enjoyable, easy read for steampunk lovers.
I really enjoyed this book! I love Smoke. I think this would have been better as at least a duology though so the world could be better explained and explored, some gusty recapped more in depth and more time to get to know the characters. Such a cool take on Alice in Wonderland.
Jon Allanson
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this. A protagonist dealing with a friend's suicide, an entry into obstensibly Alice in Wonderland, with dashes of far courts and Shakespeare for good measure. I was quite taken by the clever scenes, engaging characters, and vital action set pieces. I'd like more. ...more
Jennifer Woodford
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
A book about dreams and nightmares in a modern Alice in Wonderland style. I liked it. Quick and light read.
Kerri Paul
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting retell

I like how the author merged a known fairytale with his story. It too, a bit to relate to the main character, however was quite engaging by the end.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
First a disclaimer: I know Kiri, however she does not know that I am writing this review. Knowing Kiri I also know that she would want my honest opinion, and not some fluff that I were to write just to make her happy.

Many people who will read this book will see the Alice in Wonderland\Midsummer Night’s Dream theme in it. I loved all of the Shakespeare references in this book, they tied in very well with the world that had been built to tell the story. The blending of the Fae and of the dream wor
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful, beautifully written book. What a joy to read. I haven't cried that much because of a book in quite a while, and I have never been so grateful for it. For anyone who's lost a dear friend, a loved one...this book is for you. It's everything you wish you would have had with them before they were gone. For any lover of the classics, Shakespeare in particular, this is the book for you.

I cannot say enough how much I admired how cleverly and beautifully the words struck me. And the i
Ren Cummins
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a fan of the Wonderland books - departing quickly from the Disney versions into the surrealities painted by Carroll. They always felt more like pop culture arthouse pieces, loosely (if that) connected by the faintest of narrative threads. Since their publishing, various studios have tried to craft that narrative where none truly existed, and to be fair I gave little hope for them to succeed.

Until I read Alys.

Callaghan has managed, I feel, to accomplish what so many others have a
Wes Mcwethy
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't often feel my input is needed for most books, but I could not help myself with Alys. I cannot speak highly enough about this story. Sometimes it's difficult to put away your cares and truly delve into the world that you hold in your hands but that was not the case here. When I finished reading it, I oddly enough, felt as if I was waking from a dream, it took me a moment to readjust to reality, as any great book will do to you.

I have always felt that a truly great story doesn't just paint
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want more and I want it now.

And that right there is the highest piece of praise I can ever give a book. Even if I had no more to say about it that would be enough I would think. I love the original Lewis Carroll Alice stories, I've said that several times in every other review I've written of an Alice adaptation, I've read many of those, and I've enjoyed them very much. I thoroughly enjoyed Kiri's adaptation, not only did she beautifully render a new modernised vision of Alice and Wonderland,
Emilie B
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this novel. I cried in the beginning because it starts with a tragic event. Without spoiling anything, it reminded me of a similar tragic even that happened in my life. I immediately saw and understood what Kiri Callaghan was doing here, catharsis. I heard about her family tragedy and I understand. I am a fan of Kiri, I always watch her videos, I got very excited when I found out she wrote a novel. I love the Alice in Wonderland novel and different adaptations are always attracti ...more
Jackie Donnelly
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This book was a fantastical story of a modern girl named Alyson (Alys, for short) who is able to hear and see things that most humans cannot. She's called a "Dreamer." She ends up, by a series of events, in a world where dreams live, form, play out. The beings in this place all visit humans in their sleep and all have different roles to play--some not as nice as others, as she finds out when she gets caught between Dream and Nightmare. Kiri Callaghan's writing is superb. A lot of "Alys" is remin ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Alys" is a wonderful modern adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" with a bit of Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" thrown into for flavor. It is compelling, witty and very heartfelt. I'd probably have given this book 5/5 if it wasn't for the sloppy editing that was quite distracting at times.

Edit (ha!): Just finished re-reading "Alys", the official edition by Doce Blant Publishing. Now properly edited I could finally enjoy the story without distractions. The second time around, it's still a
Mark A
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me! While reading relatively new authors, I never know what to expect - but I keep my opinions open till the end. I was pleasantly surprised! The story was engaging and vivid. Good pacing and I did not have time to wander. This was a twist on "Alice in Wonderland" with a present day setting. At the end of each chapter and found myself excited to start the next! Nice work Kiri! ...more
Racheal Wilson
I am in love with this book! I was skeptical before I began, as books that use references to Alice sometimes -- I don't know -- It's like the references to Alice are awkward and forced. Alys, however, seamlessly weaves the foundations of the Alice stories and characters into a new tale. This book paints a beautiful story that would touch my soul even if I had never heard of Alice in Wonderland. ...more
Doce Blant Publishing
Drop down a fantasy rabbit hole into the dark, steampunk world of Terra Mirum, where you'll watch as Alys confronts her worst nightmares and finds courage buried deep within. Kiri Callaghan has skillfully woven Lewis Carroll's classic tale into a masterful mix of steampunk and fantasy. This is a great read for those who love to disappear into dark adaptations. ...more
Marti Melville
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I'm not a fantasy paramour, nor do I understand steampunk, but Alys captured my attention and swept me away to a world filled with dark adaptations of Lewis Carroll's infamous story. It was a great ride and a wonderful adventure. Kiri writes from the heart, and it shows. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, adventure, and dark adaptations. ...more
Lisa Casey
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this gem. What a beautifully written story that kept me turning pages. It was incredibly easy to relate to the main characters as well as an easy story to follow. Don't mind me, over here crying several times throughout the book. Excited for the next! ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Alice in Wonderland
Great re-telling of the classic Alice in Wonderland.
An interesting mash-up which didn't always work but was entertaining anyway. ...more
Adam Scott
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautiful tale of magic and hope!
Shawnta Dodson
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I'm a sucker for anything Alice in Wonderland related. I really enjoyed the world building done in this book. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. ...more
Blair Beveridge
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful twist on a story we all know. The author incorporates aspects of her own life into the story and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended to everyone
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