Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars Series #2)

Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars Series #2)

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by Frank Beddor
     
 

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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's life

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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's life is already a challenging mix of duty, love and imagining when a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth of her imperial viciousness's return and have everyone...Seeing Redd.

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Children's Literature
This second book of “The Looking Glass Wars” deals with the early struggles of Alyss and her throne. Great tensions run in Wonderland as the lands recover from the dark days of Her Imperial Viciousness Redd. The young, new queen lives under the careful watch of many, especially the new royal bodyguard, Homburg Molly. Queen Alyss must face all the usual political intrigue and dangers as well as the unexpected return of the evil Redd and her chief assassin, The Cat. Welcome to the realm of public domain! Alice and many other classic characters are up for grabs. This is not always a bad thing, but what promises to be an edgy and modern re-imagining of Wonderland turns out to be a garbled case of bad fantasy fiction. This is a book that can definitely be skipped, for many, many reasons. First, the story suffers at the hands of a writer obsessed with the “visualization” of the action sequences in the novel. This is a good example of writing for the sake of making a movie. Second, the prolonged descriptions of weaponry bring the story to a screeching halt and do little or nothing to enrich the quality of the story. In other words, if you are looking for a strong piece of fantasy fiction, overlook this title. If you are interested in watching the birth of a well-thought out franchise, then this is for you. If you are simply curious or a hard-core fan of fantasy fiction, the looking glass awaits. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
VOYA - Amy Sisson
In this follow-up to The Looking Glass Wars (Dial, 2006/VOYA October 2006), Alyss Heart reigns over Wonderland after seizing the throne back from her traitorous Aunt Redd, who has escaped to Earth to regroup. Alyss struggles with her feelings for Dodge, her childhood friend who seems to believe himself too lowly for the Queen, while Hatter Madigan, the elite fighting Milliner, learns something astonishing about his past. Meanwhile seemingly random attacks in outlying areas of Wonderland signify that Redd might still pose a threat. As with the first book, this sequel is all style and little substance. The villains are a joke: Redd insists that her minions call her "Your Viciousness," and the King of the misogynistic Boarderland carves his dictates, such as "Boarderland men do not cry when watching sentimental crystal-vision programs with their wives," into his kingdom's cliff-faces. Even if this parody can be considered successful, other elements are difficult to take seriously, such as when Alyss interprets her personal bodyguard's prolonged absence as sulking instead of realizing that something is wrong. There is no hint of a resolution, making the book entirely incapable of standing on its own, but libraries should be prepared to stock it because its marketing and production values will likely yield a significant demand. As a side note, an Alyss Heart picture book for younger readers is slated for fall 2007 publication, thus expanding this flashy but thin series even further.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7 After expelling her evil Aunt Redd from Wonderland's throne in The Looking Glass Wars (Dial, 2006; Scholastic Audiobooks, 2006), Frank Beddor's sequel (Dial, 2007) finds Queen Alyss dealing with the burden of ruling the kingdom and negotiating with King Arch from the neighboring country of Borderland. Arch quickly proves himself to be a dangerous enemy with elaborate plans to overthrow Alyss and her kingdom. Meanwhile, Redd is working her villainy to regain her power and wreak vengeance on her niece. There is plenty of violence, gore, and battle action here, and readers will find the pace breathtaking. Gerard Doyle skillfully captures the tempo of this fantasy and provides each character with a unique voice. His excellent presentation will create new fans and captivate current devotees.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

From the Publisher
"There is plenty of violence, gore, and battle action here, and readers will find the pace breathtaking."—School Library Journal

"If you are interested in watching the birth of a well-thought out franchise, then this is for you. If you are simply curious or a hard-core fan of fantasy fiction, the looking glass awaits."—Children's Literature 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142412091
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/16/2008
Series:
Looking Glass Wars Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
45,562
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.36(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Frank Beddor is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Looking Glass Wars, the young-adult novel that first introduced young readers to the true story of Alyss. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 282 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im soo excited ...my sister got me this and the 3rd book for christmas so that i could finish the series..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the action and plot were good along with some charecter background and devloment, but some elements from the first have been taking away
deviousgirl More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book but I wished the ending would have been different- I just feel like he could have made the ending more action and fighting between arch and redd and I thought we should have gotteno to hear a little more of the romance between alyce and dodge
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. When I first started reading this series I didn't know that it was going to have a sequel. Once I found out it was book 1 I went online to find out WHEN the second one was going to be out. When I saw it at Barns and Noble...I bought it. Nothing could stand in my way. There was only one left and I had to fight someone for it. I won. I couldn't help but find this book enjoyable. Being the Alice and wonderland fan that I am. It left me wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Beddor's 'Looking Glass Wars' a good deal. What truly set it apart from standard sword and sorcery fantasy, aside from the Carroll roots, was its wonderful second act. The middle part of 'Wars' was rich with mystery and psychological complexity. Mystery and complexity, however, are nowhere to be found in 'Seeing Redd.' The only thing resembling complexity is the chasm between the two warring queens: Alyss and Redd. Alyss' character has become horribly dull and does not evolve one iota throughout the novel. Redd is what she was before: a hilariously evil, sterotypical, and entertaining character. Continually jumping back and forth between the dry heroes and colorful villians makes the novel seem disjointed . . . and makes me root for the villians. The 'twist' ending that Beddor throws in is nothing more than an easy open-ended cop-out. Here's hoping book three is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the second of The Looking Glass Wars, it has a twist on the original 'Alice in Wonderland'. I think Frank Beddor did a terrific job of writing this exclusive truth of the real Alice Liddell'Alyss Heart'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if i could describe this series in one word..............well i said if.....i really can't! i love books that have a twist. This isn't a goody goody book. Its full of everything you want to read about!
Anonymous 11 months ago
St ency. &hearts for Redd.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Go to rikki tikki and scroll down until you see 'Redd' shes jist quitting rp, not actually dead... &hearts cause u cant scare us like that.
Anonymous 11 months ago
We love you. Please be okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redd is alyss's aunt who want's to rule the queendom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book but the ending was confusing. This ending was not clear and did not tie the story together. The rest of the book was really good, it was a fun new twist on The Alice in Wonderland Story. I liked the illustrations of characters in the middle of the book. This review is by a 12 year old female student.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes i know that. I've already read this book thats how it even led me to here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Question for YOU! <P> What do potatoes do? <p> Hints to the answer: <br> The answer is pretty stupid... <p> find the answer and find the first book with it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that Hatters child is Molly!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frank beddor should rewrite the trilogy from redds point of view
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
h they would have good deeper into hatter'humbug relationship
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This is one ofmy favorite books. Like, ever. A. Must. Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the books were absaloutley amazing this one is no s fom theothers. I kind of expected this one to be boring but that wasnt the case at all. Itbwas adveneterous, fun amd exciting. How much id love to be alyss. Each book is better than the last. Absaoutley amazng..
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