Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Looking Glass Wars

Princess Alyss Heart is the only daughter and heir to the throne of Wonderland, through her mother, the powerful Queen. When her parents are killed and her throne usurped by her aunt Redd, Alyss disappears into the Pool of Tears and emerges in Victorian England, to become Alice Liddell, the muse of the Reverend Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll. Though Alice adapts to her new home, her former life eventually reclaims her and she must resolve the matter of her destiny. Will she become the rightful Queen of Wonderland or remain Alice Liddell? Or will her choices have other, darker results?

This novel by Frank Beddor is the first in a series, and it is not what I was hoping it was. I should have remembered that it is categorized as juvenile in the library, for the tone is certainly geared to the teen crowd, with less depth than I imagined. However, it is good enough for its genre, with plenty of well-placed references to the Lewis Carroll classics Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. And since this is the first of a planned trilogy, with book 2 in the works, there is still time to develop the story in greater depth. Or meander into tedium. Stay tuned.


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