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Imagine this...The power of imagination has been lost!Now it's all about the artillery as AD52s, crystal shooters, spikejack tumblers, and orb cannons are unleashed in a war of weapons and brute force.As Alyss searches wildly for the solution to the disaster that has engulfed her queendom, Arch declares himself King of Wonderland. The moment is desperate enough for Alyss tImagine this...The power of imagination has been lost!Now it's all about the artillery as AD52s, crystal shooters, spikejack tumblers, and orb cannons are unleashed in a war of weapons and brute force.As Alyss searches wildly for the solution to the disaster that has engulfed her queendom, Arch declares himself King of Wonderland. The moment is desperate enough for Alyss to travel back to London for answers, where Arch's assassins are threatening Alice Liddell and her family. But after coming to the Liddells' assistance, Alyss discovers herself trapped in a conundrum of evaporating puddles. The shimmering portals that exist to transport her home through the Pool of Tears are disappearing!What is happening in Wonderland? Deep within the Valley of Mushroom the Caterpillar Oracles issue this prophecy: "Action shall be taken to ensure the safety of the Heart Crystal. For Everqueen." But who is Everqueen?As the metamorphosis of Wonderland unfolds, enemies become allies, bitter rivals face off, and Queen Alyss and Redd Heart must both confront their pasts in this thrilling, no-holds-barred conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series....

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Number of Pages : 370 Pages
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ArchEnemy Reviews

  • Annalisa
    2019-01-09 17:46

    Have you ever wondered if the Matrix would make a good book and then tried to imagine how an author would describe Reeves billowing trench coat and those swift motions that robotically counter those powerful agents? Probably not, but if you had, you'd quickly realize that somethings are best visual. And speaking of the Matrix, you know how the Matrix was cool and then the sequels weren't as good (when are they ever) and by the end you were done with this idea that was originally so creative but then just dragged on? You're getting a pretty good of what reading ArchEnemy is like. I often had trouble following what he was describing and other times frustrated that he kept cutting scenes short, jumping to someone else's dire circumstances, just to leave you hanging on a cliffhanger without telling you anything that happened. The Looking Glass Wars was interesting and different, but I'm kind of over the novelty of it and not really interested in the graphic novel turn the series has taken. Beddor should have wrapped up his story in one book and left it at that.

  • Jamie
    2018-12-26 21:44

    In this series, The Looking Glass Wars, Frank Beddor his given us an intricate, highly imaginative world. He took the world of Wonderland to a new level, giving it more depth, creativity and action. This final book takes what the first two books created to give us an action-packed ending. While I love the series concept, I felt this one fell short of what the first two books set-up. The imagination was starting to feel a bit flat in this book. A few new ideas but mostly just a long wrap-up of the past couple books. The character story was especially lacking. We jump all over the place, every couple pages we are seeing things from another perspective. No real depth or character growth. A little with Molly and Charles Dodgson but that is about it. Alyss seemed to lose all personality, Redd was much milder than past books. Arch luckily was still a smart, wicked tyrant.This book was full of action! While lacking in some areas, it didn't lack here. Yet with how much was happening I feel it would have made a better movie than book. In fact, if this series were turned into movies, I would assuredly go see them. It might even make this book make more sense. The constant jumping and scene changing keeps you glued to what is happening but we never seem to get much resolution to what was happening in the last scene. It needed more details and time to really explain what was going on at times. I think Mr. Beddor's mind was likely visualizing some amazing battles but his mind must have been so much faster than his pen could keep up with. This series is still worth reading. The first two books are amazing and you need to read this to finish the story arc. However, this conclusion leaves space for improvement for filling in some blanks. I hate when authors start a series and don't finish and I always said "Any ending is better than no ending." Well this wasn't much better than that concept. It does wrap things up but I felt empty as I read a lot of this final book. The action was fun but I felt detached from the characters which I don't like.

  • The Flooze
    2019-01-21 20:43

    (4 for the world-building. 2.5 for the actual story.)ArchEnemy is the sort of story that will make a visually stunning action movie. There's no doubt that Beddor can perfectly visualize every aspect of his detailed, intricate Wonderland. But you know how, in action movies, your attention is so focused on the varied kabooms that you never have the chance to notice the wooden performances? After all, who cares if characters are phoning in the emotions, so long as the fight scenes are furious and the weapons slick?Well, in a book, I think ya kinda have to care about those things.The final installment of The Looking Glass Wars is once again overwhelmingly screenplay-ish. Throughout the whole of this experience, I've been convinced Beddor is consumed by creating a movie-worthy concept. In that, he's been successful. The battle scenes are quick and dirty; the weapons are wondrous shiny. The scope of the land is vast and filled with treacherous obstacles and fabulous creatures. The transitions between viewpoints are infinitely camera-worthy. But I'm not watching a film. I'm reading a book. And when reading, I want characters I can relate to, lives to worry about. I want to connect to them and share in their success and their loss. I want to roar with delight when the good guys score a victory. In short, I want to give a shit. In this, Beddor fails. The characters are bland. Queen Alyss is nothing more than a template do-gooder whose worries are superficial. Dodge is just some angry bloke who loves the Queen because, well, that's what he's there for. The walrus, Bibwit and Doppelganger offer a little comic relief through their twitchy antics. The best character of them all, Redd, has been completely diminished by her failures, so that even Her Imperial Viciousness no longer bears the same bloody glow she harboured in the first two books.All aspects considered, ArchEnemy isn't going to offer any surprises. It neatly ties up loose ends, and provides an imaginative mind a lovely landscape worthy of the best CGI has to offer. Wait for the movie so you can be appropriately dazzled and distracted by the cool inventions and neat places. With some pretty explosions and some gore, you won't have to worry about a pesky thing like character development.

  • Bry
    2019-01-19 22:54

    I think my qualm with this book is that it reads like a screenplay. The plot seems extremely disjointed and jumpy. There just isn't much continuity and no smooth segways. Furthermore, the entire books is written like a description. Only the bare essentials are given and done so in the most boring language. During action scenes it seems as if every sentence begins with the name of a character and a physical description of their movements, yet with no imagery or feeling. Overall the result is you have a story with no heart.This screenplay like approach also affects the characters too. They are wooden and stuck in their original cliche's with no allowance for growth. They never surprise the reader or even each other it seems. And if they do surprise another character with their actions it still fails to impress the reader because it seems like most of the major decisions made and actions completed are naive and flat out stupid. There were several times when I though Alyss should have died due to her naivete. Overall I am glad I got a HEA for the series as a whole but reading this was more of a chore than fun. I felt I had to finish it, but didn't necessarily want to. Who knows, maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea. Maybe others will like it better.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-21 19:47

    Frank Beddor likes his villains.No, he loves them.He loves them to the point where he gives Alyss, Queen of Wonderland, three pages for every ten devoted to the villains. The villains, for their part, do a lot of Snidely Whiplash-esque teeth-gnashing and vain threatening. Redd Heart is campy to the point of making me groan, and Arch is a stereotype. Meanwhile, we're supposed to care about Alyss' and Dodge's thwarted love, Alyss' struggle to reunite the queendom, etc, when we're given only brief, frustrating snippets of information about them.When I read Looking Glass Wars I was thrilled beyond all reason. It was so COOL! He'd taken the classic Alice in Wonderland story and twisted it around until it was something so new and brilliant. I loved the soundtrack that went with it, and the Hatter M. comic book series. But I really think his "cool idea" is just not being well-executed at this stage. The ideas are still there, but too much time is given to the villains, and to the many weapons. (By the way: why do the practitioners of "White Imagination" spend so much time creating and developing weapons?) There are almost no descriptions of the characters, or the strange creatures that inhabit Wonderland, yet the three or four characters he does describe are described ad nauseum. (We KNOW Bibwit is pale, he's an ALBINO!) In the end, I enjoyed reading this book, I loved the Everqueen angle and the Caterpillars, but I wanted more: More Alyss, more Dodge and Hatter, and more descriptions of the fascinating world he'd created.

  • Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
    2019-01-02 23:06

    WILL DODGE KILL THE CAT?!?!?!?!?! aggghhhhhh! WILL THE EVIL GUINEA PIG WREAK HAVOC ON WONDERLAND?!?!?!WILL HOMBURG MOLLY REALIZE HOW DUMB SHE LOOKS IN A HOMBURG AND BECOME "SOMBRERO MOLLY"?!?!?! i cant wait to find out!!!

  • Arielle Walker
    2019-01-16 17:08

    A slightly disappointing end to the trilogy. The basic ideas are stil wonderfully inventive, but I honestly feel that this is one of those rarely occurring books where it would translate better in film. Simply too much focus on (and too little description of) confusing fights with technology that was hard to imagine (if you'll excuse the unintentional pun). The writing itself seems to have gotten worse, but still, some pretty unique ideas and interesting twists.

  • Terence
    2019-01-20 00:51

    I am of two minds as I write this review:My first mind admits to enjoying the subgenre of novels that rewrite classic stories - Gardner's Jason and Medeia or Updike's Gertrude and Claudius, that tell a tale from a different POV - Moore's Fool is one I read recently, or that explain what really happened on that "dark and stormy night" - Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg. My junior/senior high school English teacher had us rewrite a classic from another character's POV (I chose Dracula - told from the Count's point of view, and he won). And I've always had an idea for writing a story set in Middle Earth told from an orc's point of view - whose attitude to Sauron and his wars is bested summed up in that song from the otherwise forgettable animated version of the trilogy, "Where There's a Whip, There's a Way" (i.e., We don't want to go to war today / But the master of the lash says, Nay, nay, nay!)All this is a somewhat roundabout way of saying that the idea of rewriting Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass was immediately intriguing and that Beddor does a credible job in this book and the two preceding - The Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd.The Alice Liddell of Carroll's books is actually based on Alyss Heart, rightful Queen of Wonderland, whose parents have been brutally murdered by her aunt, Redd, and who escapes into our world with the aide of Hatter Madigan, a member of the elite group of warriors known as the Millinery (whose hatwear puts Oddjob's to shame - FYI: Bond reference). In Alyss's world, "imagination," the power to think of something and then bring it into being, is wielded to create all sorts of objects and is the source of inventiveness in our own world. Alyss and Redd are the two most powerful practitioners of "imagination," which undergirds both their claims to rule.The story is fast paced, well told and the characters likeable, in particular Hatter Madigan and his daughter, Homburg Molly. And Redd Heart's over-the-top sociopathy is fun to witness (if this is ever made into a movie, the actor playing Redd should have a field day chewing the scenery all to pieces).My second mind wonders what the point, in this case, was? I suppose to justify a rewriting/reinterpretation of a classic, one should have a purpose in mind. A need to explore some aspect of the work that the author neglected but that is worthy of discussion. For whatever else you may think of Wicked, certainly one of its themes was the perennial one asking how a person can become such a monster as the Wicked Witch.Here I don't think Beddor's efforts really do much more than reveal a reasonably clever twist on the original. The "magic" of Carroll's books is entirely lost, IMO, and what's left is another pleasant diversion that may reveal more about what modern readers expect in a fantasy than anything else - and it doesn't reflect well on us (another opinion).Recommended, with caveats. Don't expect anything that will blow you away but you may be entertained for a while.

  • Elevetha
    2018-12-29 20:04

    2.5 stars. I was a little disappointed in this conclusion to "The Looking-Glass Wars." Honestly, I need a re-read but when I did read it, I remember thinking, "What? This is it? THIS is where we end? Oh well." There was little characterization, all action, and what we did get of characterization was all for the villains. Don't get me wrong. I love a good villain. Tar Man for one. Redd for another. I love her character. But when the story is supposed to be about Alyss, or at least that was what I thought Frank Beddor was going for, and all you ever get about anything is the villain's POV or their growth and their feelings and their motives,etc, that is bloody great (In fact, can we get Frank Beddor to give classes to other authors about including these vital tidbits and plot points in their books?) but give us something, ANYTHING, about the main characters! Honestly, I now think of this series as "Redd's series." She is the main character. Arch gets more than Alyss in this book. Alyss is a side character that you had to know her story as told in the first two books to appreciate and understand Redd's story. That was the author's goal. In my humble personal opinion. As Jessica Day George says, "Frank Beddor likes his villains.No, he loves them."Which is perfectly stated.

  • Lanica
    2019-01-16 22:41

    The first two books of the series revolved around the characters of Alyss and Redd, this book detours more into the characters of Arch and the caterpillars and I was left feeling that the ending that could-have-been would have been better if the author had stayed with Alyss and Redd. I loved the first two books, but this one just fell flat. I never got into the character of Arch, so when he took over the plot line I sort of lost interest. I kept reading because I wanted to know that the rest of the characters were doing, but the more I read the less connected to the book I felt. The worms...well, they just drained the life out of the novel. I was curious about them, but in the end...they didn't do anything. They were flat and boring and their purpose made the ending of the book seem...flat. Also, there was the budding romance with Alyss and Dodge...I expected it to be fleshed out in this novel, but instead it was pushed to the back burner until the very end when a bow was nicely placed around all those nagging loose ends. I loved the first two books and was hoping the third book would build on what was created, instead it tore it all apart and rebuilt it on a weak foundation. I was disappointed in this book, but I do look forward to reading the graphic novel, Hatter M.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-01-07 18:41

    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.comIn this final book of THE LOOKING GLASS WARS trilogy, Wonderland's Heart Crystal's powers have been depleted and so have the powers of Imagination. This leaves Wonderland vulnerable to its enemies, which, according to the caterpillar oracles, are many.With doubts in the air and hidden enemies within Wonderland, who may even be people pretending to be her friend, Alyss forms an uneasy truce with Redd, the queen who killed her parents and took over Wonderland. Their goal: to defeat Arch, the King of the Boarderland.With little chance of counting on Imagination to save them and the stakes high, will Alyss find a way to keep her throne and save her people? Who can she really trust?This book had a lot of violence in it, much like the first two in the series, but was an excellent conclusion to the trilogy. The plot was intense and well-thought out. The main characters are well-developed and stayed true to their natures that the author created for them.Fans of the original ALICE IN WONDERLAND, fantasy, and adventure will all enjoy reading ARCHENEMY, but will need to read THE LOOKING GLASS WARS and SEEING REDD first, in order to be able to follow the story.

  • Anne Osterlund
    2019-01-18 18:44

    Imagination is in danger, both black and white. With rebellion surging within Wonderland, Alyss and her bodyguard head off in disguise to a rally against the very force that has made her queen. But the rally soon spirals into violence, and Alyss and Dodge are forced to flee for their lives.Which gives King Arch the perfect opportunity to invade Wonderland and capture its throne. Unfortunately for Arch, his attack on imagination has done the one thing nothing else could accomplish.It has placed Redd and Alyss on the same side.I enjoyed ArchEnemy better than the second novel, both because Alyss takes on a more active role within the plot and because once again the author has woven together the real world of the Liddels and the author, Lewis Carroll, with the fantastical events occurring in Wonderland.

  • Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
    2018-12-28 01:06

    The start of this book was utterly confusing, but that irons itself out pretty quickly. I'm really not a fan of King Arch. Though I empathy for Redd. I can somewhat understand the anger that she has. I felt a bit annoyed by Alyss's attitude. It seems that she has given up in the beginning, but I'm waiting for her to get over that.

  • Maria
    2018-12-28 01:00

    I began the last book of Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars trilogy with some trepidation. Final books in trilogies are notorious for failing to match the pace and excitement of the previous texts, and I worried that this would be the case here as well. I did find that ArchEnemy suffered from end of series-itis, but not in a terminal sense. Beddor’s book continues to build on the world he has created, and ambitiously addresses the social and political struggles of those who occupy it. Although ambitious, however, the story presents these struggles in a way that doesn’t highlight why they are wrong, only that they are. While this might be acceptable in a work of fiction written for adults, I am concerned that it is perhaps too ambiguous in a text written for young adults, who need more explicit and concrete explanations—but more on this later. The book begins where Seeing Redd ends and follows three storylines in a broad fashion: Alyss and Dodge; Hatter and Molly; and Arch and Redd. Each of these three pairs has major unresolved issues that are used by the oracles of Wonderland, the caterpillars, toward a mysterious end. The oracles have a mission all their own and, since they can see the future, they appear especially manipulative and self-serving in this book. But this series has a lot to do with trust, and even when Alyss and her friends misplace their trust in one individual, other friends step into the breach to protect her and the court, and Alyss chooses to believe that the caterpillars are on her side. There remains a major unresolved issue from Seeing Redd: All the imaginationists lost their abilities after the explosion of the bomb planted by King Arch, and it is unknown if anyone will regain their talents. The Club family, who has long targeted the Hearts, takes this opportunity to hold rallies and meetings to speak out against the imaginationists: the architects, artists, scientists, and other talented individuals in Wonderland. Alyss is mystified by this behavior; she can’t understand why the members of her populace would turn against her and those who represent the creative energy of the kingdom. Perhaps more ominous, the Clubs have begun to gather up the imaginationists and relocate them by force to ghetto-like tenements called ‘limbo coops.’ Alyss doesn’t have any proof, however, that the Clubs are directly behind what is happening, so she and a very worried Dodge attend a rally in disguise to collect the evidence necessary to prosecute those responsible. Dodge’s worst fears are realized when Alyss is recognized, but they are saved by a transport of imaginationists headed towards the coops; although the imaginationists are being deprived of their legal rights and forced to live in unacceptable conditions on Club lands, they are not a group without power, and they give Alyss the good news that they are recovering from damage caused by WILMA. Imagination is returning to Wonderland. Meanwhile, Hatter and Molly are trying to cope with Weaver’s death and Molly’s accidental detonation of the WILMA device. Hatter is a warrior, and has given his life to the protection of the Heart family; he doesn’t know how to be a father to a teenage daughter, much less to one who is suffering on so many levels. But Wonderland is being attacked by Arch, who is well aware that both Alyss and Redd are without their powers, and the king is determined to punish both Hatter and Molly. Hatter decides that he has lost too much; he is willing to surrender his life in defense of the queen, but not his daughter’s. He decides to take Molly to the only place he deems safe enough: To the Reverend Dodgson, the only person Hatter knows who is aware of Wonderland and will recognize potential attacks on his daughter. He leaves Molly on Earth, angry and surly about this second abandonment, but she eventually begins to use the time productively. At the same time, the reader begins to learn more about Redd and her youth. When she was a wild young woman, causing her parents great concern for her eligibility to rule Wonderland, she was spending that time with Arch. Her original quest to gain her throne creates a situation in which she “envision[s:] a future with” Arch, “cavorting as they pleased while she ruled Wonderland and he Borderland, an enviable power couple if there ever was” (115). Her temporary return to power during Seeing Redd has her revisiting those feelings, and desiring an equal to share her life with. Arch, however, is a misogynist who sees women as things, and his only interest in Redd lies in her position as queen of Wonderland; without a throne and her powers she is merely a woman, and not a threat in any sense. But his arrogance about the success of his machine and excessive pride in his intelligence also causes him to underestimate WILMA’s success or the extent of Redd’s madness. This final betrayal by a man she sees as her equal at first drives her to attack him, and then flee to lick her wounds in defeat. This experience causes her to see any “sentimentality,” no matter the degree, as “the most dangerous weakness of all” and she fully completes her descent into madness (117). At this point she will do or promise anything to restore her crown and her position to power, especially after she begins to recover her imagination. Arch now has two Heart women as his enemies, and his certainty in complete success foreshadows his downfall. The state of the political environment of Wonderland seems to be the biggest concern in this book, which is clear from the outset with Alyss’ need to travel in disguise to the rallies planned by the Clubs family. Alyss makes it clear that the civil rights of her people must be protected, even if “we don’t like what they’ve gathered to hear” (33). When she begins to feel doubt about the decisions she has made in the course of her reign Dodge must remind her that Wonderlanders are, by virtue of the differences in imagination, not equal in ability and “ll [she:] can do is try to make it so [all Wonderlanders are:] equal in rights—subject to the same laws and afforded the same fundamental opportunities” (119). The Clubs, meanwhile, are determined to deprive the Imaginationists of their freedom and to move them into tenements and restrict their movements. King Arch isn’t faring any better; as soon as he successfully invades Wonderland the tribes he has managed by “antagonizing them against one another to prevent their banding together against him” begin to behave like the nearsighted, greedy populace he has trained them to be (149). And above all of these political systems are the maneuverings of the caterpillars, who can see the possible futures and have political goals of their own. Ironically, Redd and Alyss are united in protecting imagination from Arch and the Clubs, and they align themselves with the caterpillars, who they hope are also on the side of imagination. Imagination, and the differences between those who possess or lack it, also lies at the heart of the book. Early in the story it becomes evident that the instability of the last fifteen years has been difficult for the Imaginationists of the queendom, and thy are now beginning to believe “imagination causes more problems than it solves” (102). But Alyss has already had to address this issue: In Seeing Redd she realizes that imagination isn’t in itself good or evil; rather, it is up to those who have imagination to choose how they are going to use their ability. The green caterpillar tries to explain this to Redd in ArchEnemy when he says, “It is supposed that power corrupts…[y:]et the powerful are often corrupt before they are powerful” (95). Despite her ongoing dispute with her niece about the succession to Wonderland’s throne, Redd, too, recognizes that “a world with imagination is better than a world without it,” but her final descent into madness prevents her from applying the wisdom she has been given and allows her temporary truce with Alyss to be only for the purposes of defeating Arch—she fully intends to attack her niece afterwards in order to regain possession of the Heart Crystal and with it control of the imagination in Wonderland (187). The conclusion of the book, which revolves around the establishment of the Everqueen, makes it so that no one group of Wonderlanders (or a single individual, for that matter) can control imagination: “Some shall be born with much imagination, others little” but “Everqueen can never be destroyed, or the inspiration she provides lessened” (363). Although I enjoyed the story greatly, I do have some concerns about how it has been constructed. One of the biggest issues I encountered was with the structure of the book, which felt like three smaller books shuffled into one. Beddor rotates his short chapters between characters in an almost predictable pattern that sometimes interferes with the enjoyment of the story and makes it feel fractured; as soon as one storyline gains momentum he ends the chapter and carries on with another storyline. While this may be a deliberate strategy to help younger readers manage the scope of the story, I know it caused me issues with remembering the order of events, and that it would, likewise, be problematic for a younger audience. I feel the book would have benefited from some judicious blending and some page breaks, rather than a new chapter every time the perspective changes. Another concern I have with the overall story is the treatment of the Imaginationists by the Clubs. Early in the story the reader learns that this minority population is being gathered at gun point by soldiers and forcibly relocated to specially designed concentration camp-like areas where soldiers patrol the borders on foot and from guard towers. Families are often scattered and forced to live in squalid conditions with little food or comfort; at one point a Club soldier breaks up a dispute telling the involved parties that they are not allowed to kill each other, “[y:]ou leave the killing to us” (25). All of these descriptions are powerful reminders of historical events (German concentration camps throughout Europe, Japanese internment camps in the United States) but there is very little discussion within the story about the human rights violations or the human cost of what is happening. The camps exist only as the location where the Imaginationists have been taken and in the context of Alyss’ time gathering support from them, and I feel they are a subject that could have been expanded upon. Given the strongly political tone of the book, it is disturbing to be that greater emphasis was not placed on the criminal nature of the rights violations. Despite the concerns I have with the text, which I admit are more in the way of curiosities and mild annoyances, I enjoyed this book. I wish the story had been of the same depth of the first book, which was more complex and created a unique and thriving world. Also, the dustcover of the book seems to indicate that Alyss will be travelling to Earth in the first part of the book, which I was looking forward to because Alyss’ departure in the first book was abrupt and left some questions, but her return doesn’t happen until nearly the end of the story. The finish of the story is consistent with the rest of the series, however, and although the creation of the Everqueen is somewhat anticlimactic and rushed, the major characters that support Alyss all end well.

  • Just Me
    2019-01-17 17:43

    *Spoilers*I agree with many of the reviews here stating that this was written in a "movie-manner". It seemed that Mr. Beddor just wanted to sum everything up, nice and neat, with no remaining loose ends. I found Molly's depression rather annoying, seeing as instead of opening up to THE ONLY REMAINING RELATIVE SHE HAS, she becomes moody and silent (beyond the normal teenage angst), pushing Hatter away, when he is only trying to help. Whereas I liked Dodge in all the other books, in this one I found him to be a rather bothersome and unnecessary character. I agree with one of the other reviews here stating that (and these are not the exact words),"He is only there to love Alyss." It was like his disturbing-yet-understandable obsession with the Cat becomes a background element, simply because Alyss more or less said it was. Then all of a sudden it comes to the forefront of his priorities again, just because he discovers the Cat is in the vicinity. The caterpillars annoyed me (with their stupid love of the stupid "tarty-tarts"), Arch's attitude annoyed me, I simply can't stand Redd, Alyss didn't seem nearly as bright as she was in the other books (though she wasn't always as shocked at obvious events like she was in the other two, so that I can't complain about) and Bibwit had his own irritating moments. The plot was sort of predictable (sort of meaning very). And the end...don't get me wrong, I love a good ending in which all of my favorite characters are alive and well with the loves of their lives, but this ending was simply too perfect. I personally think a great ending is a sweet one that the characters only meet by being stronger than their problems, overcoming their disabilities, rising above the evil-doers (who die deaths worthy of their awful deeds, or at least suffer for their wrong-doings), and being with the ones they love, safe and well. Because, really, Redd conveniently becoming part of "Everqueen", the Cat dead, the RAINBOW SKY AND GIANT BUTTERFLIES, it was all too neat (and when the sky exploded into rainbow colors, I was like, "Really?").All though I have to say that I enjoyed the very end where Alyss and Dodge are unaware of Nolan and Genevieve watching them from the looking glass. Overall, I think it's necessary to read this book if you want to finish the great series that you started, but don't expect as much as you expected from this book's predecessors.

  • Alex at Raiding Bookshelves
    2018-12-22 21:39

    Frank Beddor has completed a trilogy worth of the adoration it drew its influences from. Beddor's Looking Glass trilogy is based on the Adventures of a well loved favourite, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the intense conclusion to the Looking Glass Adventure, Arch Enemy, Wonderland has lost it's powers of imagination and Queen Alyss is powerless. Borderlands King Arch's machinations in Seeing Redd have given him the power to turn Wonderland from a Queendom to a Kingdom, and he will be wearing the crown.Beddor continues to create an enticing new world based on the Wonderland of our childhood. In his characters, Alyss Heart, Dodge Anders, Bitwit Hare, General Doppleganger, Rose Heart (Redd) and the Cat we see a familiar cast of faces. It is a wonderful feeling to see favourite's from Tweedle Dee and Deedle Dum to Humpty Dumpty and the Mad Hatter being re-imagined into the strong and quick witted characters of Beddor's trilogy.Unfortunately, Arch Enemy is not all imagination and tarty tarts; Beddor often rushes his writing, ending scenes before the reader is ready and leaving characters in repeated cliff hangers as he checks in on another scene. While an effective way to keep readers interested, it is more irritating than suspenseful and could have been edited better.While Beddor does introduce some new and interesting characters, he fails to give most of his characters any depth. Most of the leading cast are well formed for a childrens/teen read but could have been developed a little further for the older readers. Dodge is single minded but romantic, Alyss is spontaneous, Bitwit is the learned and loving but droning tutor. But readers expect more. The romance between Dodge and Alyss has been developing for three books, and is only ever mentioned in passing or as an after thought. The relationship between estranged Father and Daughter, Hatter Madigan and Homburg Molly, is observed but nothing is done to fix it.Arch Enemy is a wonderful conclusion to a thrilling series that returns us to the world of a favored heroine. In Alyss Heart we see the curiosity, stubborness and intelligence that originally drew us to Carroll's Alice. I encourage lovers of Alice to check out this series and catch up with old friends.

  • Kana
    2019-01-08 00:41

    SummaryAnother reviewer explained it very well. But I will reiterate it here. The Looking Glass Wars is a nice story, it's very visually expressive and action packed, but sometimes that sort of story does not translate well into a book. And is best left to visual interpretations, such as a movie. The other reviewer gave an example, How would the Matrix have come off as a book? Not very well I imagine. Because it was a story that broke boundaries. There were too many concepts that it could only explain by showing the audience. Try to describe what the Matrix is and how Neo could break through it, without relying on the movie's special effects. It's ten times more difficult to explain that sort of visual in a book, then it is to show it.And that's how the Looking Glass Wars comes off, especially in this last installment. There's far too many action scenes, too many magical devices that can do simple yet unique tasks. It just becomes too much to try and follow it. This author really has an extraordinary imagination and I both love and hate that. I love it, because it pushes those lines and explores areas that we haven't yet. But I hate it because you end up spending too much time trying to visualize one aspect of a scene and you trip yourself up trying to catch up. To make it even more difficult, the story speeds along jumping from one intense scene to another, forcing the reader to refocus and try to figure out where in the story they ended up. Many a times the scene just stops mid-action. One second Alice is stuck on Earth and the next she is in the palace discussing the problems of Wonderland with Dodge. It's jarring. You don't get any explanation of what came first, where the break took place, it just... jumps around. Final ThoughtsSo needless to say this was a very hard book to read. Too many visuals, too much jumping around, and action that made you trip yourself up trying to keep up. But.... I do like the story, what bits I could follow. I think this would make a really nice movie or children's television show. I think that's how the author imagined it anyway. You could tell the author had this picture show version running in his head, I just wish we could see it too.

  • Heather Trim
    2019-01-01 20:57

    The last book in the Looking Glass Wars Trilogy, ARCHENEMY by Frank Beddor (2009) is a climactic war for Wonderland and for imagination. I enjoyed all three books. The world Beddor created is truly magnificent and thoroughly planned out. He’s created an entire line of weaponry, measurements, phrases and more for this trilogy. It is quite impressive. I would dare say that the last one was the most intricate. And if you’re new to this trilogy, start at the beginning with THE LOOKING GLASS WARS then SEEING REDD. In this book there is a three-way war for wonderland. The heart crystal has been zapped of its energy and therefore affecting imagination everywhere. Alyss, Redd, White and Black imaginationists alike, as well as those in the parallel universe on earth have been drained of imagination. Arch, King of Borderlands is the culprit and has taken over the queendom as King. Imaginationless Alyss must fight to win back her rightful place as queen. Powerless Redd is on the run looking for a way to regain the power to the throne. It is a three way battle over Wonderland with many underlying storylines: the oracles, Alyss’ family in England, Homburg Molly, and the introduction of the Everqueen. It kept me guessing until the end and I couldn’t stop thinking about it afterward… see, I’m still thinking about it. All in all this book was a good read. It was more intense with war strategies and not a lot of character depth but by the third book, how much deeper can you go into characters we know so well? At least we get to see more deeply into some of the secondary characters, such as Homburg Molly (my fav) and the oracles.I’d rate this book, by itself, at a 4: Very Good: A very good choice to read.To rate the series (an average of all the ratings… which they were all rated 4.) I guess I’d say it was worth the read. It’s not on my favorites list (I’m not a big fan of war strategies) but it was a great storyline, an imaginative world that blew me away with the details and the characters were likeable.

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    2019-01-21 17:55

    I though this was the perfect ending for this trilogy! A big climactic battle at the end and then everything resolved. The world of Wonderland is so imaginative and magical, and I loved how it connects with Earth. Wonderland is very different from the Lewis Carroll books, and has such a cool twist on the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the whole cast of Wonderland characters, and even Alyss herself!Like the other books, the writing isn't amazing, but definitely entertaining. There's plenty of intrigue, and I was surprised a couple of times by the plot twists. The action and tension in the story are practically non-stop, and the characters are all so unique and interesting. I love how those characters develop and change and make bad decisions!I liked seeing more of a development in the relationship between Alyss and Dodge. They really connect on a deeper level and learn to trust one another more. Molly and Hatter are such a great duo, fighting bad guys side by side! I loved seeing them all work through grief and pain, and come out a family on the other side.The Council of Caterpillars was such an enigma through all the books, and finally in this book we see more of their machinations in manipulating people and planning their future. A brilliant plot device to have those caterpillars behind the scenes formulating their own schemes!I was not blown away by any of the books in this series, but I enjoyed reading them and was entertained by the story. I cared about the characters, and I would recommend them to others to read!

  • Janine
    2019-01-04 20:56

    I really wanted to like this book because I read the first two and I wanted the series to end well. I kept reading it, even after I started to think that it was dragging on and not well written. It did eventually get better, but that wasn't till almost the very end. Often times when I would finish a chapter, I would think to myself "What was the point of that chapter?" I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary chapters that created no movement in the story, just a bunch of words to fill pages. The characters were not well developed, and lost a lot of luster in this book compared to the first and even the second book (which is not as good as the first). At times I would literally skim or skip entire paragraphs because all it contained was weird descriptions of weapons or fight scenes that I wasn't really that interested in, or that weren't really described well enough for me to really picture them in my mind. There was probably far too much internal dialogue and character interactions were not believable. Sub-plot lines would be brought up, and then not entirely finished, or if they were finished, it felt like, what was the point of bringing that up, cause I don't think it added to the story at all. The chapters jumped around so much from this character's point of view to that character's point of view, it just never seemed coherent. All in all, I think the real story only takes up a couple of chapters. It could have been much better.

  • Gabi
    2019-01-10 19:52

    Before I began to read this book, I had curiously started to wonder how Mr. Frank Beddor would end the book in this intriging trilogy because of the amount of extensive writing within it and I wasn't dissapointed at all. With such powerful extremes and risks that many of the characters in this book have to encounter, it was a complete page turner! While reading the book as each chapter revolves around certain characters, be prepared to wish to know what was happening to the others because it will happen quite aa few times and will force you to not put this book down whether you are really hungry or have to stop by your neighborhood supermarket.But one thing that I wish Mr. Beddor had incorporated into all of his books was the timeline he had in the first book, The Looking Glass Wars, because I believe that it was such an interesting technique to be able to compare what was happening in Wonderland to what was happeneing on Earth.As I was reading the final page and scene of this book, I began to long for more because I wanted to know how everything was going to turn out in the end. Although I loved the last scene and especially the last sentence due to it being very inspirational(if you have read it, you know what I'm inquiring about) but I feel as if Mr. Beddor should have added more to it and not just leave it at that.

  • Runa
    2018-12-25 01:01

    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

  • Miss Clark
    2019-01-01 23:06

    A decent conclusion to the wonderfully creative reimagining of Lewis Carroll's classic tale. The writing itself is not ideal and on its own would garner 2.5 stars at its best. It is very visual and action oriented, with little time spent on emotions and even less on the character development of main characters. You are told such and such emotion is felt or this decision made, but it is never shown to the reader and that can make it extremely difficult to feel the story. I can picture it just fine, but it lacks the emotional connection that would elevate this story to what it could be: astounding. And I say that because taking that story and bringing such a crazy, non-sense world to life in a brilliantly conceived world with a history and customs and names that actually could fit is quite an accomplishment. Beddor even tackles some very complex ideas about imagination and the power it has, for good or ill.All in all, a fun series, especially for fans of the original or paradoxically those who could not stand those two mad volumes, for boys or girls, and I only wish that Beddor had imbued his creation with more sentiment and feeling which could have brought more life to a such a vivid, sharp world.

  • Eric Dunn
    2018-12-29 18:41

    This is the 3rd, and final, book in "The Looking Glass Wars" trilogy. When I started this book I was very intrigued about how Beddor was going to wrap up all the loose ends from the first two books in the series. I have to say I was not disappointed. The only frustration I had with the book was the very abrupt end. The endings to the other two books were awesome, but I have to say that the ending to this one lacked a little bit in my opinion. It did the job of tying everything up but it was so abrupt that it almost felt like he couldn't figure out a proper way to bring it to an end.Despite the ending I would highly recommend not only this book, but the entire trilogy to anyone that is an avid YA reader. These books take you into the world of Wonderland in a way that I could have never imagined. The trilogy encompasses a great story with many twists and turns that will keep you entertained throughout. It gives a fresh life to many of the classic characters that you remember from Alice in Wonderland. This trilogy does a great job of bringing these characters to life for a new generation of readers to enjoy for years to come.Overall I would give this book a solid 4.5/5

  • Christian Petrie
    2019-01-10 22:09

    It took me a while, but I did finish The Looking Glass Wars series. This last book in the series, brings a good closure to the series. When starting this book, my hopes for it being as good as the first one were low, as Seeing Redd was not that strong.The story picks up shortly after the events of the last book. Here we see the aftermath of the battles. With the lost of imagination it added a different layer to the story. This causes both Alyss and Redd having to find a new solution to the problem.Arch does prove to be a worthy opponent as he plans for each possible action for Alyss and Redd. This builds during the story, until it reaches the conclusion.From this standpoint the story is very good. In between you have the caterpillars working with both sides towards some common end. This does not remove some suspense, but you know somehow Arch's schemes will fail in the end.The first book is still the best. This one helps to give an ending to the series.

  • Dialma
    2019-01-22 17:52

    I really enjoyed the whole trilogy. Beddor was able to create a word of his own while staying truthful to the original story. I love the character developtment and I really was pleased with how it ended. I also like the fact that even when a lot of people will consider Alice in Wonderland more of a girl story, The Looking Glass Wars trilogy would really be a great read for boys as well. I highly recommend for kids ages 9 and older.

  • Amanda Waugh
    2019-01-21 21:00

    AMAZING.So so so so SOOOOOO amazing. The Looking Glass Wars had me caught from the beginning with the Alice-In-Wonderland knock-off--sorry, I mean the TRUE story of Alyss Heart of Wonderland. The book made me yell and scream in anger. It made me smile happily, then want to rip the pages out and shove them into the author's mouth (haha, more than once). And the ending almost made me cry. ARCHENEMY WAS FANTABULOUS.

  • Lanie
    2019-01-12 19:02

    The final book of the Looking Glass Wars trilogy was almost flawless! The endeavors of Alyss and Redd Heart span across Wondertropolis and beyond. The two Hearts come together to fight Arch's reign on Wonderland. It was a great ending to the series. Long live Everqueen! XD

  • Kristen
    2019-01-11 19:40

    Though fraught with grammatical errors and occasional plot shortcuts, Frank Beddor's ArchEnemy is a thoroughly enjoyable read that left me craving more. This book does also sadden me, though, because it has potential to be so much more elaborate and intricate than it currently is.

  • Haylee
    2019-01-12 18:45

    let me start off by saying that I loved the first two books in this series. I have read the Looking Glass Wars at least 4 times. those books are great. I really wish that Beddor would have stopped after Seeing red. I was confused and thought the story took a crazy twist.