My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a creative look on the Alice in Wonderland story. Alyss Heart is an imaginative princess who is put through extreme circumstances. The way that Beddor turns Lewis Carroll’s crazy, other-worldly characters into something tangible and realistic is ingenious. All of the characters of the story that we all know are repositioned in this story with lively, real, and unexpected personalities. Each character major and minor are well rounded with hopes and dreams. They all evolve into their own unique character that supports this new world of “white and black imagination.”
The young princess is impulsive and impatient just like most pre-teens. She has fun and enjoys the company of her friend Dodgson (Dodge), sometimes I think there may be something there for both of them, but we’ll see.
When her mother’s castle is attacked by the evil Queen Red, Alyss is forced to flee. As the heir to the thrown, she holds the key to the future of white imagination, but she gets trapped in Victorian England and lives an alternate life of Alice Little until many years later she if found by her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, and Dodge.
Alyss is put through the test of her identity. Is she the true queen of Wonderland? First she is challenged to adapt to our world, where he is a nobody with no real identity and her powers of white imagination quickly fades into memory. Then the is challenged again when she is finally able to return to her world and face the ruthless Queen Red.
I found the progression of the story quite entertaining and unexpected.
I look forward to reading the next book of the Looking Glass Wars series.