The final segment in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. What began as my happy accident with an audiobook on a trip to New Mexico in March has now finally concluded. Well, the book was written in 2009, but I just recently finished listening to the last disc.
Wonderland has fallen to its worst enemy, King Arch of Borderland. His aim is to destroy the Heart Crystal – the source of all imaginative power in Wonderland and on Earth. Queen Alyss and her followers are unable to comprehend how this could happen. Are the Caterpillar Oracles working against her? How could Wonderland actually thrive in the hands of Arch, or worse, her Aunt Redd? How could it survive without imagination, that which its very essence?
I am almost sad that these adventures have concluded. I have come to care for these characters and for the world which Beddor has expanded from Carroll’s original. Between Beddor’s excellent pen and Doyle’s perfect delivery, I have left part of my heart in their Wonderland. I have no idea if these works are well-known. I had never heard of them – as I said, the first encounter was a happy accident. But they should be. Do yourselves a favor. If you ever loved Alice in Wonderland, if you ever loved a good fantasy story, pick up these books.
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