Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

“ArchEnemy” by Frank Beddor

Author: Frank Beddor
Pages [hardcover]: 370
The third and final book in ‘The Looking Glass Wars’ trilogy.
Available now.
Opening Lines: Alyss of Wonderland raced up the front walk, using her imagination to unlock the door and turn the latch. Inside the house, nothing had changed. The umbrella stand and hat rack, the family pictures hanging in the hall, even the gouge in the baseboard marking where she’d thrown her ice skates one winter afternoon: Everything was exactly as it had been when she’d lived there . . . so long ago, it seemed.
Memorable Quote: Redd turned to her assassins. “What is it I always say?”
The Cat, Sacrenoir, and the others bandied uncertain glances about.
“Don’t be stupid?” ventured Alistaire.
“I should kill you now?” offered The Cat.
“Do I have to murder everyone myself?” tried Siren.
“No, idiots! When in doubt, go for the head. That’s what I always say. “

Favorite Characters: Alyss & Dodge & Molly
The power of imagination has been lost.
Now it’s all about the artillery as AD52s, crystal shooters, spikejack tumblers, and orb cannons are unleashed in a war of weapons and brute force.
King Arch declares himself King of Wonderland.
What is happening in Wonderland? Deep within the Valley of Mushrooms, the Caterpillar Oracles issue this prophecy: “Action shall be taken to ensure the safety of the Heart Crystal. For Everqueen.”
Who is Everqueen?
In a war that includes jabberwocky, Card soldiers, tribal leaders, mercenaries from Earth, and tutors with very large ears, the fate of imagination itself is at stake.
[Summary half-taken from book jacket.]

‘The Looking Glass Wars’ and ‘Seeing Redd’, the first two books of the series, were wonderfully written and made me view Alice in Wonderland in a whole different light. These fractured fairytales don’t bash the original books-instead, they tell you that the story was written all wrong in the first place. The author even spelled Alyss’s name wrong! I thought that was a cute way to start, but these young-adult books are way more than a few cute little stories. They’re full of action, suspense, and romance.
I would definitely recommend you read the first two books in order to fully understand this version of Wonderland before setting your eyes on this one.
I love the interactions between Molly and Hatter. The awkward, tentative relationship between the two was written magnificently.
The one thing about the book that I absolutely did not like was the ending. It seemed too rushed, too much let’s-please-the-readers-and-get-it-over-with. Though this was supposed to tie up all the loose ends, as it’s the last book, it did so too abruptly and with no warning or build up. The pleasantly annoying cliff-hanger endings of the previous books wouldn’t have worked in this case, but I think if they used the same build up, only skipped the cliff-hanger part, everything would work out fine. Oh, well. I’m not the author.
“ArchEnemy” gets 4/5 stars. Change the ending, and you’ve got a perfect book.
Have you read/want to read “ArchEnemy”? Have you read any of the other Looking Glass Wars books? Want me to review the two previous books? Comment below!


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