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In this sequel to The Looking Glass Wars, Redd is struggling to find her way back to Wonderland in order to battle her niece, Alyss, for the throne. Meanwhile, Alyss is trying to rebuild Wonderland after Redd’s reign of terror and destruction. Alyss wonders if they will ever be the happy and secure place that Wonderland once was. Dodge, Alyss’s best friend, is now the head of security and desperately wants to find time alone with Alyss (which is difficult now that she is queen) so that he can tell her how much she means to him. Hatter Madigan is holed up in a cave far away mourning the loss of the love of his life without plans to ever return to combat until a diary with a surprising message convinces him otherwise. When Wonderland is attacked and Alyss’s personal bodyguard is taken captive Alyss must decide if it is Redd or if a new nemesis has in fact revealed himself.
This sequel is action packed and every bit as exciting as the first. Alyss’s struggles as queen are believable despite taking place in a fantasy world. Readers can identify with many of the characters because their motivations and feelings are written in a way that anyone can understand why they feel the way they do. The ending is a bit abrupt, but luckily the third installment is ready to pick up where that one leaves off. Recommended for anyone who loves fantasy and fantasy series such as The Lightning Thief or Maxiumum Ride.