ArchEnemy (Looking Glass Wars Series #3)

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The Heart Crystal's power has been depleted, and Imagination along with it. The people of Wonderland have all lost their creative drive, and most alarmingly, even Queen Alyss is without her powers. But at least the vicious Redd Heart seems to be similarly disabled. Amazingly, she is attempting to team up with her enemy, Alyss, in order to reclaim Wonderland from King Arch. Alyss might have no choice but to accept Redd's overtures, especially when she begins to receive alarming advice from the caterpillar oracles....

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Overview

The Heart Crystal's power has been depleted, and Imagination along with it. The people of Wonderland have all lost their creative drive, and most alarmingly, even Queen Alyss is without her powers. But at least the vicious Redd Heart seems to be similarly disabled. Amazingly, she is attempting to team up with her enemy, Alyss, in order to reclaim Wonderland from King Arch. Alyss might have no choice but to accept Redd's overtures, especially when she begins to receive alarming advice from the caterpillar oracles. . . .

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Beddor offers happy resolutions for favorite characters.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Fast on the heels of the New York Times bestselling The Looking Glass Wars (Book1) and Seeing Redd (Book 2) comes British author Frank Beddor's third and final installment of his "Looking Glass Wars" series. For those who are not aficionados of this particular fantasy world, it should be explained that Beddor has developed his particular universe from Lewis Carroll's Alice stories. Thus, the heroine Alyss must battle the fiend, Arch, for control of the underground Wonderland and its "imagination" which keeps it alive. The key to book three is the word "battle." The plot is little more than a non-stop succession of violence upon violence, in the tradition of Hollywood's best action films. The difference, of course, lies within Beddor's cleverly invented armory of lethal cards and other whiz-bang nunchuk-like tools of destruction. The books are certainly one way to get reluctant male readers reading, but they are also quite probably causing the good Reverend Dodgson to writhe in his grave. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
VOYA - Amy Sisson
Beddor returns to Wonderland in this final installment of his Looking Glass Wars trilogy. Desperate to regain their powers of imagination, Alyss and her Wonderland subjects must forge an uneasy truce with Redd to try to defeat Arch, the King of Boarderland, but the caterpillar oracles' mysterious pronouncements make it difficult to know who is on what side. In the meantime, Hatter Madigan escorts his daughter Molly, resentful of his neglect while he served Alyss and her now-dead parents, to the real world to be placed into the care of Charles Dodgson/ Lewis Carroll. Unfortunately at this point in the trilogy, it is simply difficult to care. As with the previous volumes, the substance of this novel does not live up to the book's gorgeous production values; the cover's menacing armored soldier promises a gritty and suspenseful story, but the reader is subjected to meaningless nonsense such as a desperate inventor who pulls out a clump of hair from his head and claims to have invented it. Other elements seem equally random and silly, and there is not the slightest bit of suspense as to how the story will end. It is impossible to recommend the book based on literary quality, but libraries will want to check their circulation statistics for the first two volumes to gauge potential interest in the conclusion. The upcoming 2010 release of Tim Burton's film version of Alice in Wonderland may also spur additional curiosity. Reviewer: Amy Sisson
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Wonderland is left reeling after the disappearance of imagination, and Queen Alyss Heart must defend her queendom from threats both internal and external, as King Arch of Boarderland and her aunt, Redd Heart, attempt to take control of Wonderland's throne and the powerful Heart Crystal. Alyss, along with her loyal subjects—Homburg Molly, Hatter Maddigan, Bibwit Harte, and Dodge Anders—must fight, at times both with and without imagination, to save Wonderland and Earth from imagination's total destruction. They have only hints from the oracular caterpillars about Everqueen and the need for action by Molly, Alyss, and Redd to shield the Heart Crystal and imagination. Frank Beddor's nonstop action and well-crafted world of Wonderland make his novel (Penguin, 2009) fast-paced and exciting. Gerald Doyle's superb narration will entrance listeners, and his many different voices for the characters along with clever sound effects will capture their imaginations. This excellent and satisfying end to the trilogy is a must-have for fans of the other volumes as well as for those who enjoy Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142416891
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Series: Looking Glass Wars Series , #3
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 72,850
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    readers will enjoy Alyss' latest adventures in Wonderland

    Queen Alyss of Wonderland has taken over throne from Redd, who used dark imagination to rule as a dictator. In a contentious battle between the two females, light imagination wins. However a third player surfaces as King Arch of the Overlands wants to rule Wonderland. He employs WILMA (Women of Inconceivable Loss and Massive Annihilation) to ruin the Heart Crystal, which is the source of all imagination in creation.

    The power of imagination vanishes from Wonderland and will soon disappear from earth and other worlds too. Alyss tries to line up support to fight the King and Queen of clubs and other allies of King Arch, who insist there is no place for imagination to flourish. Her lone remaining choice is to ally with the Redd Queen as her friends are being tossed in prisons by the WILMAs and the caterpillar between puffs says nothing of meaning.

    This is the final book in the Looking Glass Wars trilogy and in spite of the subject retains all the imagination and charm of the previous novels (see THE LOOKING GLASS WARS and SAVING REDD). Alyss is bold and brave as she rules with benevolence until the threat surfaces that returns her into a determined resolute fighter. Arch is an interesting enemy whose goal appears not be power but instead the elimination of power; which makes him a difficult opponent to defeat as he has a personal quest. Although written for young adults, older readers will enjoy Alyss' latest adventures in Wonderland.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    Great way to end the series!!

    I am so very lucky that I got to meet the author Frank Beddor @ Comic-Con a few weeks ago. I seriously gushed at him about how wonderful this series is. Then to my knee shaking surprise he handed me an advanced copy of Arch Enemy and as if that weren't enough he even signed it. Let me just say the end is amazing. I don't want to give anything away except to say that if you are considering getting this book do not hesitate!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Love

    Love this entire series. Love the reinterpretation

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    great!

    This book has left me in awe

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Not the greatest finale

    While it has some good fights and plot eh not the greatest ending it felt too rushed and reptive and the climax wasnt the best

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Wow sarcstic

    Who ever said its da second book is a nincompoop! Dis book is awesum!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    I think its a wonderdful waynto end a series and not drag it on. I know more than likely everyone including myself wants to know what happens to dodge and alyss, but it was the right place to stop. Thank you so much frank beddor for carrying on such a wonderous adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Great!

    This is the second book, and is definitely one you will love!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Love, love, love this series!!!!!!

    This series is so well written!! If you love Alice in Wonderland but want a great take on the story than I would suggest this series!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    not as good as i hoped

    I loved the first 2 books in the trilogy, but this one did not hold my interest. I found it much less imaginative than its predecessors. I only finished it to see how the series ended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Just ok

    I really enjoyed the first two books of this series. But had a hard time getting through this book. The series for me is just turning to war like for me. Other wise the book was just ok...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

    read this whole series and its a great twist on a story we all have heard

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    A Great Book

    This is a great book had me on the edge of my seat till the very end! I highly recommend this terrific ending to an excellent series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    Not Bad

    A decent ending to a pretty enjoyable series. I thought this series was a pretty cool reimagining of Alice In Wonderland...noticably different, but alot of the same elements...and it was taken a bit further. This book tied of the series fairly well. My only disappointment was that I felt the end was just a slight bit rushed. I was expecing some sort of big throwdown between Redd and Alyiss in the end, but instead, it all happened kinda quickly. I mean...it's obvious how it was going to go down in the end, but I really was expecting some sort of struggle between the 2 before Alyss managed to achieve it. Oh well though. That aside, it was a pretty decent book...and a pretty good series all around. Seeing Redd was probably my favorite of the 3 books, but they all had their part to play in the entire series. If you like fantasy and/or Alice in Wonderland...this is a great story, and a good reimagining of Alice. I look forward to checking out the Hatter M off shoot books eventually, though I have a few other series lined up to get through first.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

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    Great series

    My son has read three or four of these Looking Glass Wars books by Beddor. He is a voracious reader and he loves the twist on the Alice in Wonderland theme.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

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    An excellent book to end an excellent series

    This was a fun, suspensful book. The characters and plotline showed great growth. You could tell that these books were written intended for the movies, but that's part of what made them great- I'm sure if these books get made into movies, the transition will be excellent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

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    ArchEnemy

    I must say, I'm a little torn. Part of me wants to say that this was a fantastic book, a perfect ending to the trilogy, but unfortunately, I don't think I can. A lot of this book was insignificant fighting scenes that seemed to go on forever. I'm sure this makes it a popular read for some readers, but that's really not what I go into books for. The writing was spectacular, sharply witty, albeit going overboard sometimes with the details of the fight scenes, and it was through this amazing writing that these characters really came to life. I found myself switching favorite characters from Dodge (who sadly doesn't make as many appearances as I had hoped/expected him to make) to good old Hatter. My heart really broke for him and Molly, and Beddor portrayed the awkward phase they were going through really well. I've not read many books where the author has so fully developed a complete world. I didn't know what to think of the many instances of blatant foreshadowing; it had its plusses and minuses, sometimes it worked, other times it was a little much. Up until the ending, it was really a great read. However, the ending seemed, in my opinion, completely rushed, slowed down, and anticlimactic--not as epic as the rest of the series. I know Beddor could have done better. I still do highly recommend this series to all fans of fractured fairytales and the like.

    Rating: 4.5/5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    archenemy

    alyss and redd team up to save imagination. molly goes to earth. arch gets wonderland. great book. so sad that this is the end.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    My opinion

    1st one-good.......2nd one......ehhhh....3rd one.....ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Great book!

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK AND THE OTHER TWO AS WELL! I recommend this book to everyone!!! :D

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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