My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cards which come to life as killer war machines, the epic battle between white and black imagination and a Hatter wielding wrist blades. Daring feats of Combine all these elements and you have touched the tip of the ice burg. The Looking Glass Wars was a very easy, quick paced lightning read filled with plenty of gimmicks to entertain, character development to satisfy and action to root for. What Wicked did for expanding the world OZ, TLGW broadens the Wonderland spectrum to fantastical edges not even Tim Burton's version attempted. Here is Alice's world turned up on its head with perhaps my favorite opening scene. Where the young Victorian Era Alice finds out that Lewis Carroll has turned her true, real life story into nothing better than a mushroom induced nursery rhyme. Alice couldn't be more hilariously angry and it is with this introduction the reader realizes just how grand the scope of the world Beddor has created intends. Without betraying plot points, trust that you will find a mad Heart Queen spouting plenty of "Off with their head's!" and a Cheshire Cat with some mad kung-fu skills. Of all the new characters Dodge Anders is delightful in his single-minded hellion purpose of revenge and it'll be curious to see if "Alyss" manages to crack his code later on.
With enough zanity to ensure you're reading about Wonderland and enough heart to trump the House of Hearts, The Looking Glass Wars is an imaginative new addition that might one day be considered a classic.
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