Friday, 10 December 2010

The Looking Glass Wars Bk 3: Arch Enemy

The Looking Glass Wars Bk 3: Arch Enemy by Frank Beddor (Egmont Press)
PB RRP $16.95
ISBN 9781405251938
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Imagination of all kind has been wiped out with the attack by Redd who has united with the Borderland tribes against King Arch. The detonation of WILMA, Arch’s Weapon of Inconceivable Loss and Massive Annihilation has left the Heart Crystal weak. Redd too, has lost her imagination. Hatter has sent word that he is returning with Molly, still grieving for her mother, who had left Alyss in shame because of her impulsive act that damaged the Crystal Continuum, Wonderland’s public transport system.

Wonderland unprepared, is again attacked by the Club soldiers who are kidnapping Wonderlanders and imprisoning them in limbo coops – areas of little space and no escape. Alyss and Dodge witness the treachery of Lord and Lady of Clubs’ after they travel incognito to attend the anti-imagination rally. They are recognised and trapped, only to be rescued by Dumphy, a tinker who hides them in a wagon full of imaginists headed for the limbo camp. There they learn that imagination is slowly returning.

Arch takes advantage of Redd’s diminished powers and reclaims control over the Borderland tribes. He is determined to kill Redd and become the first king of Wonderland. Meanwhile, Redd’s forces have stopped retreating and have gained positions all over Wonderland.

Here the longest and hardest battles of all kinds ensue. Redd is fiercely determined to reign. Her indomitable and forceful character allows no room for defeat. Many battles between good and evil will be fought. Alyss and Dogde’s courage and love will be tested. Lives will be lost and cities destroyed. Strange liaisons are sought for the welfare of the Wonderlanders regardless of the suspicion and mistrust that weaves in and out of each group. Travel between worlds will see all the characters move towards a satisfying resolution regarding their personal dilemmas.  The final climax is stupendous and rewarding for the reader. This trilogy will stay in the mind long after the last word is read. All three books are currently available.

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