Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor (review)

Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars, #2) 
The Looking Glass Wars: Seeing Redd (2)
by Frank Beddor

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale retellings, young adult, adventure
Published: Aug 2007
Pages: 371
Published by Dial Books





Summary: "Alyss of Wonderland's rules has only just begun, and already those who prefer chaos to peace are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. Trailed by newly appointed royal bodyguard Homburg Molly, Alyss is doing her best to keep pace with the non-stop demands of being queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge.

Alyss' life is a challenging mix of duty, love and tough decisions, and then a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth of Her Imperial Viciousness' return and have everyone...Seeing Redd.

Has Redd somehow freed herself and her chief assassin, The Cat, from the confides of the Heart Crystal? If not, then who has resurrected Redd's brutal foot soldiers the Glass Eyes and set them loose to attack Wonderland on all sides?

Battles rage, looking glasses explode, and the Alyssians once again unite to defend White Imagination in this fast-paced follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Looking Glass Wars."



Review:  This is the sequel to The Looking Glass Wars.

Redd has been banished from Wonderland. She is determined to find her way back to her world by any means necessary. Alyss is the new queen who has much to learn about ruling. And a new enemy is making his move. King Arch of Borderlands is determined to have wonderland for himself. He reeks havoc and even kidnaps Molly.


Once again, Frank Beddor has done am amazing job of recreating the magical realm of Wonderland. All the favorites from the last book plus some new faces. Hatter continues to remain my favorite character of the story. We get a lot of insight on Redd and learn a lot about Arch. We also make progress getting to know Molly and Dodge. However, I feel as though Alyss was a bit stagnant in this volume.

Seeing Redd is darker than the last. The villains are nastier than before, and smarter. The book also plays on a more political playing field at times. A full scale war involving the Caterpillars, Wonderlanders, Borderlanders, and men of earth clash in this next installment to the series.

Again, I loved the character growth and backround information we get here. There were a few dull moments in the book where the pace seems to die off briefly but is quickly back to normal. Overall, a very enjoyable, magical adventure for any with Imagination!  

11 comments:

  1. What an intriguing book! This sounds like an interesting retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I will definitely check out this series.

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    1. The first 2 books are especially good!

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  2. I love fantasy, so this sounds like a series I might like. I'll have to add it to my tbr. Thanks for the review!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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    1. If you like the Alice in Wonderland concept, these are great!

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  3. I really like the premise...thanks for the review!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

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    1. Looking Glass Wars (book 1) really brings out some unique aspects to the famous story.

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  4. This is the first time I've seen this book and the series and it looks awesome!!! Love the cover and I really enjoy reading fairy retellings so this one sounds right up my alley! Great review.

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    1. If you had fun reading Alice in Wonderland ever, then yes this is up your alley most likely!

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  5. I read the first one, but not this one yet. Great review. ;)

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    1. It was pretty good. But I think the concept was just so amazing in the first book, it is really hard to live up too but at least through this one, Beddor pulls it off well.

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  6. I really enjoy good retellings and it sounds like this author not only writes well but does character development well too. Thanks for a thoughtful review.

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