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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Book Review: Looking Glass (The Chronicles of Alice Book 3) by Christina Henry

Looking Glass (The Chronicles of Alice Book 3) 
by Christina Henry
April 21, 2020
301 pages
Publisher: Ace
In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the universe she created for Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs more freely than anyone suspects, but so do secrets and blood.

Lovely Creature
In the New City lives a girl called Elizabeth, a girl who has a secret: she can do magic. But someone knows Elizabeth's secret--someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly made by a girl called Alice.

Girl in Amber
Alice and Hatcher are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in a snowstorm they stumble into a castle that seems empty and least until nightfall.

When I First Came to Town
Hatcher wasn't always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought him he always won. Then his boss tells him he's going to battle the fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive.

The Mercy Seat
Alice has a secret--a secret that not even Hatcher knows yet, but pretty soon she won't be able to keep it from him.

Looking Glass is a four-novella collection set in author Christina Henry’s reimagined Alice universe. The novellas stand alone, and intertwine, to create a wonderfully whimsical yet darkly dangerous collection. The four tales take place shortly after Henry’s Alice duology concludes. If you have not read Alice and Red Queen, start there. Not only is the duology stunningly fantastic, it provides the context for Looking Glass. Readers of the duology are treated to enhanced closure regarding Alice and Hatcher. We are also teased with future installment potential.

Henry is a masterful storyteller with an unparalleled imagination. She has created several ‘re-writes’ of well-loved stories and has never disappointed. Each time she approaches a well-known tale, she does so with poignant style and fresh perspective. She expertly intertwines current-day sentiment with familiar tropes all the while retooling and restyling what we thought we knew.

Looking Glass is an experience I devoured. I loved each tale equally and was delighted to be reacquainted with favourite characters like Alice and Hatcher and introduced to new characters full of potential. The world of Alice is so magnificent, beautiful, and cruel. This rabbit hole is deep and I sense there are still scape and stories left to weave.

Five Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS (Ace/Roc) series featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle. She is also the author of the forthcoming dark fantasy ALICE (Ace Trade).

She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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