The Looking Glass Wars

The Looking Glass Wars

Book - 2006
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You know the myth...

A little girl named Alice tumbled down a rabbit hole and proceeded to have a charming adventure in the delightful, made-up world of Wonderland...

Now discover the truth... Wonderland Exists!

Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, was forced to flee through the Pool of Tears after a bloody palace coup staged by the murderous Redd. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life only to see it published as the nonsensical Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alyss had trusted Lewis Carroll to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere would find her and bring her home. But Carroll had gotten it all wrong. He even misspelled her name! If not for royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan's nonstop search to locate the lost princess, Alyss may have become just another society woman sipping tea in a too-tight corset instead of returning to Wonderland to fight Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

Meet the heroic, passionate, monstrous, vengeful denizens of this parallel world as they battle each other with AD-52's and orb generators, navigate the Crystal Continuum, bet on jabberwock fights and travel across the Chessboard Desert.

Publisher: New York : Dial, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780803731530
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Beddo
Characteristics: 358 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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In this unique take on "Alice in Wonderland," it turns out that Wonderland is real! Alyss Heart is forced to give up the throne after a coup led by her murderous Aunt Redd. Adrift in Victorian London, she meets author Lewis Carroll and tells him her tale.

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Jul 02, 2015

Awesome! A spin on a commonly known book into an amazing adventure.

JCLHopeH Jan 08, 2014

An creative remix of the Alice in Wonderland story that takes readers through an adventurous rediscovery of Alice/Alyss's roots. Great for teens and adults. Read the whole trilogy, and try the spin-off "Hatter" graphic novels, too!

Dec 18, 2013

I enjoyed this book. I liked the idea of it going in and thought the author delivered a great product. I do know that this is a series so I was anticipating that some of the story lines wouldn't be fully fleshed out. I was happy to find that most were, unlike some books that treat a series as an excuse to never answer any questions.

I likes the characters here and, especially the little twists to what we thought we knew and that the Lewis Carroll version was tied in a little. I do think that Redd could have been explored a bit more and less time spent on Alyss while she was on Earth. But maybe that will pay dividends in the rest of the series.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and, hopefully, diving further into some of the side characters.

MaeTarik95 Jun 29, 2012

I thought it was great, my big brother actually gave me the trilogy to read and it was really good! Hatter is my fave character, and the romance between Dodge and Alyss wasn't graphic, or inapropriate just sweet. Anyway it was good reading.

Rivkah97 Jun 21, 2012

This book is Awesome! I never liked the original Alice in Wonderland books or movies, but i loved this book sooo much that I decided to read the whole series. The author wrote it really well, and I loved the way he did just everything! I think the twist on the characters was very interesting, my favorite character was Hatter Madigan!

PrimaGigi May 03, 2012

The Looking Glass Wars is a trilogy spin-off of Alice in Wonderland books by Lewis Carroll. The story itself was enjoyable to read, my only issues with it the characters where not people you could become attached to or root for. You wanted Alyss to win and go home to Wonderland, but you didn't feel any real connection to her good or bad. The book as a whole felt rushed and had a lot of loose-ends and just unexplained points. What was enjoyable was the explanation of Wonderland and the entire of the other places in the book are amazing.

VenusJade Feb 11, 2012

This book was an interesting spinoff of the Wonderland. It even included some historical features such as Alice Lindell and the Lindell Family. Also the author of the original Wonderland was included. This book tied in fantasy to history in some ways. I thought it was a pleasant read but found the characters needed to be developed more. But it keeps you entertained and happy.

Jul 22, 2011

A wonderful, creative twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland. I love the concept of 'imagination' and how Wonderland is a, haha, queendom. get it? Never mind. Alice is this rebellious, cheeky girl at the beginning, and it's wonderful to see how she grows and becomes this beautiful Queen. All the ties in of the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and also, the writing of the original story are just amazing. An absolute must read for anyone, even if they haven't read Alice in Wonderland. WELL, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??

May 11, 2011

i loved this book. its really good, and worth reading. there are better books, but not by much. its one of my favorite books.

ScribiraMagnus Apr 21, 2011

I totally loved this new twist on Alice and Wonderland even better than its Classic counterpart. I love how Alice is a spunky warrior and not a naive airhead. the sequel was good too, with that sweet romance between her and Dodge. can't wait to read the third installment, I've got it on hold!

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Nov 23, 2014

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