The Looking Glass War by Frank Beddor is the first in a trilogy that sets the world of Alice in Wonderland on its head. In this book Alyss is the heir to the throne of Wonderland, a kingdom where imagination rules. Her Aunt Redd, a master of black imagination, takes over Wonderland, killing Alyss’s parents and sending Alyss fleeing through the Pool of Tears.

A little girl named Alice tumbled down a rabbit hole and proceeded to have a charming adventure in the delightful, made-up world of Wonderland…

 Now discover the truth… Wonderland Exists!

 Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, was forced to flee through the Pool of Tears after a bloody palace coup staged by the murderous Redd. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life only to see it published as the nonsensical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyss had trusted Lewis Carroll to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere would find her and bring her home. But Carroll had gotten it all wrong. He even misspelled her name! If not for royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan’s nonstop search to locate the lost princess, Alyss may have become just another society woman sipping tea in a too-tight corset instead of returning to Wonderland to fight Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

Meet the heroic, passionate, monstrous, vengeful denizens of this parallel world as they battle each other with AD-52’s and orb generators, navigate the Crystal Continuum, bet on jabberwock fights and travel across the Chessboard Desert.

 The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions of mad tea parties, sleepy dormice, and a curious little blonde girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

My Review:

To the Carroll/Alice purists, don’t read this book as a tribute/spin-off/etc and you’ll be fine. To the rest of you, enjoy.
So,   approach this book like you would any good adventure-fantasy book and prepare to be amazed.   While his concepts are not entirely unique,   Beddor does a great way of weaving them together in new and intriguing ways to  a great story.   Some of the characters familiar to you from the earlier Alice books will be present,   but they will take on exciting and interesting new roles.   The World of Wonderland is a complex place with interesting rules and methods not present in Carroll’s Wonderland.   And also the name  “Alice” turned into “Alyss”, which I personally didn’t mind…liked the name.
It’s an interesting concept with many promising aspects, and the book reads swiftly.
 I think that overall The Looking Glass Wars was a good book. It had it’s good parts, but it wasn’t amazing.
♦This task is from “Part 1″ Read and review one other book from the list of “retellings and sequels” or “literature with allusions and influences” from the list here . It’s part of my challenge “The Alice In Wonderland Challenge…” hosted by Jenny at