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ArchEnemy

(The Looking Glass Wars #3)

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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  10,814 ratings  ·  745 reviews
Imagine this...
The power of imagination has been lost!

Now it's all about the artillery as AD52s, crystal shooters, spikejack tumblers, and orb cannons are unleashed in a war of weapons and brute force.

As Alyss searches wildly for the solution to the disaster that has engulfed her queendom, Arch declares himself King of Wonderland. The moment is desperate enough for Alyss t
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Hardcover, First Edition, 370 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Dial Books (first published October 1st 2009)
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Annalisa
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jamie
Dec 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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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
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Amelia, free market Puritan
WILL DODGE KILL THE CAT?!?!?!?!?! aggghhhhhh!

WILL THE EVIL GUINEA PIG WREAK HAVOC ON WONDERLAND?!?!?!

WILL HOMBURG MOLLY REALIZE HOW DUMB SHE LOOKS IN A HOMBURG AND BECOME "SOMBRERO MOLLY"?!?!?!

i cant wait to find out!!!
Jessica
Jan 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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,
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Bry
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Arielle
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Terence
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Elevetha
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
Leandra
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I... Don't really know how to rate this book. The series overall was okay, some parts better than others. I would say it was a good ending, I enjoyed the reading. But something is missing.
I cannot say I didn't like it, I could even reccomend it as a nice easy read, but I don't think it will go on my favorites' shelf.
Maybe if I was younger I would have enjoyed it more?
I also found some descriptions a little confusing, but that could also be a language gap, since English is not my first language.
Lanica
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Anne Osterlund
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Scifi fans, High Fantasy fans, Fairy Tale fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: previous books
The start of this book was utterly confusing, but that irons itself out pretty quickly.
I'm really not a fan of King Arch. Though I feel empathy for Redd. I can somewhat understand the anger that she has.
I felt a bit annoyed by Alyss's attitude. It seems that she has given up in the beginning, but I'm waiting for her to get over that.
Jennifer Thomas
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Duuuuuuuuuuuuull. Read the first book and then just ignore the fact that the other two books even exist.
Maria
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
There are spoilers ahead for The Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd. After King Arch’s attack, Alyss, Redd, and the Wonderlanders are suddenly without their imaginations. Unable to fight back, both queens are forced to hide while Arch establishes himself as the new King of Wonderland. But the war is far from over. Alyss returns to London to search for answers and protect the Liddell family, but she soon finds herself stranded as the portals to the Pool of Tears begin to dry up. Meanwhile, Redd c ...more
Jelli
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
A satisfying conclusion to the Looking Glass Wars trilogy. Overall, the series takes the familiar Wonderland characters, gives them a twist and inserts in them into a complex plot involving palace intrigue and an actual war between the various Wonderland imagination factions. Beddor tells an engaging alternate Wonderland story while also saying some thoughtful things about imagination and power. I recommend the audio books because the narrator does a great job of creating and maintaining distinc ...more
Heather W
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
An ok ending to the trilogy. A bit rushed at the end, and a bit disappointing on how the bad guys arcs are finished at the end. A tad predictable and possibly not doing the original idea justice. And again with the pauses in battle scenes!!!!

All in all, an OK easy read but definitely fell flat at the end
Sab Cornelius
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Emily
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 What a brilliant book and a wonderfully crafted world! Great to see some of “Lewis Carroll’s” math puzzles make an appearance as well!
Donna
Third installment. Based on Alice in Wonderland stories, but with twists. It's a decent ending.

It's enjoyable and it's clean.
Just Me
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
*Spoilers*

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
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Donna
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fantastic ending to an amazing series.

As Alyss and Redd struggle to come to terms with their missing Imagination (and decide on a rather touchy alliance that will benefit them both while they each hold knives to the others’ backs) Arch decides to move in on the throne because, well, a kingdom is so much better than a queendom. Women are such piddly things that shouldn’t trifle with the doings of men. Oh ye of little brains.

There’s a lot more intrigue in ARCHENEMY than in the other books and yo
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Alex
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
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
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Spenser
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed Beddor's trilogy quite a bit. However, this final installment has really left me wanting for better. The overall pacing of the book is a bit jagged, hopping from group to group, but overall it helps the feeling of things happening at the same time. I especially enjoyed the Caterpillars, as every scene with them only had me scratching my head a little more in wonder at what their plans really were.

The three way battle for the Heart Crystal and Wonderland takes a few interesting turns
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Heather Trim
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
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
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Janine
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Runa
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
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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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