The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.
Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.
The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen... @goodreads
I don't know. I just didn't like this one as much as the first one. I still liked it and I loved some of the new characters and the end game, but something was just off. I guess it dragged for me so much in the beginning. I can't really tell you.
There is no darkness in this book as there was in the first one. Alice and Hatcher are going along and along and along. They are going to the mountains to see if Hatcher's daughter Jenny is there. They run into some unusual things along the way, as you would assume in this world.
There is a nice giant that Alice befriends named Pen, when she loses Hatcher (in a sense). Although at first one of Pen's brothers wanted to eat Alice, he was just a little off his nut that's all :-)
At one point Alice has to go it alone and try to save these children that were taken by the evil queen and to save Hatcher. I'm not saying much more so there will be no spoilers.
There was a sad/happy ending, but I am wondering if there is going to be another book because this one is left open for another one. I still can't believe the end and the turn of events. I never saw anything like this happening from the first book unless it all went over my head. Well, some of it was new stuff you wouldn't know anyway, but I digress.
Anyway, I hope plenty out there love it more than I did because we all have different opinions. And one is just as good as another =-)
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