Synopses & Reviews
The first book in an action-packed fantasy trilogy from the producer of THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
The "true story" behind Alice in Wonderland! Princess Alyss Heart is brutally cast out of Wonderland by her vicious Aunt Redd, who beheads Alyss' mother (Off with her head, she cries!) and begins to rule over Wonderland with an iron fist. Alyss escapes from Wonderland and is exiled to another world entirely--Victorian London--where she is adopted into a new family, renamed Alice, and befriended by Lewis Carroll. At age 20 she returns to Wonderland to battle Redd, reclaim the throne, and lead Wonderland into its next golden age of imagination.
"Narrator Doyle brings to life this fanciful re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The premise has young Alyss Hart, heiress to the Wonderland throne, chased from the 'queendom' in a bloody coup mounted by her despotic Aunt Redd. Alyss escapes through a magical pool to Victorian London. There, no one will listen to her story except for Charles Dodgson (aka Carroll) who publishes his own take. A theater-trained actor, Doyle artfully animates a large and diverse cast of fantasy and real-life characters. He's especially menacing as the murderous Aunt Redd, each high-pitched syllable dripping with malice. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Doyle quietly captures the resignation in Alyss's tender voice as she grows older in exile. For the duty-driven royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan, he colors his delivery with a determined stoicism as he seeks his missing charge. Doyle also navigates the social echelons of 19th-century England from street urchins to palace guards to princes. In some exchanges, the vocal residue of one character bleeds into the voice of another. But that is a minor quibble. Doyle juggles an eclectic and other-worldly ensemble, never letting anything hit the ground. Ages 9-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne. Simultaneous.
About 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.
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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.