ArchEnemy (Looking Glass Wars Series #3)

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The heart-pounding conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy!

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King Arch has been successful in sapping Wonderland - including Alyss and Redd - of Imagination. Now the two enemy queens are forced to come together in an attempt to reclaim Wonderland and their powers. In the suspenseful conclusion to this bestselling trilogy, listeners will learn just ...

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Overview

The heart-pounding conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy!

FORMAT: 7 CDs, Unabridged NARRATOR: Gerard Doyle

King Arch has been successful in sapping Wonderland - including Alyss and Redd - of Imagination. Now the two enemy queens are forced to come together in an attempt to reclaim Wonderland and their powers. In the suspenseful conclusion to this bestselling trilogy, listeners will learn just how far Alyss will go to regain her power

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Editorial Reviews

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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545103244
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Looking Glass Wars Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Frank Beddor spent years tracking Alyss and the fractured truth of Wonderland's parallel existence before writing one word of his trilogy. Currently, Frank has gone underground somewhere in Los Angeles, California, to avoid the impassioned vigilantes at literary odds with his radical revelations while he finishes work on Seeing Redd, book two of The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.
Enter www.lookingglasswars.com to learn more.

A multi-talented, multi-faceted individual, Frank Beddor is a former World champion in freestyle skiing and a Hollywood film producer whose credits include THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. Another interesting bit of trivia about Frank is that he was the stunt skier for John Cusack's character in the movie BETTER OFF DEAD.

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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 5 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 7 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 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 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    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 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

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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 December 26, 2013

    Great book!

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Love it.

    I love the way the series wraps up, and Arch shows his genius at the end of the second part.<br>Redd is hot, Alyss is really hot, and I wish I was born into the Millinery. Love this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Amazing

    If you like books by rick riordan or the septimus heape series then you will love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Written by, CVD

    This book ia toataly loveable! Ift is a stunning conclusion to the LOOKING GLASS WARS SERIES. The first two books, THE LOOKING GLASS WARS and SEEING REDD will want to be read first. That will basically make sure you know whats going on. Once you have, read ARCHENEMY!!!!! You will love the epic end! With special thanks to Frank Beddor, who was the writer of the LOOKING GLASS WARS series. Read this soooooon!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Amazing

    Loved this series. Wish there were more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Love

    Love this entire series. Love the reinterpretation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    great!

    This book has left me in awe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Great as a start

    0 out of 2 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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    This is the third book

    This is the third book

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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