Title: Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars #2)
Author: Frank Beddor
Audio Book Narrator: Gerard Doyle
Date Read: 30/05/2016 – 02/06/2016
This series continues to be nothing especially mind-blowing, but still a great deal of fun. However, I felt this installment had a little too much focus on the villains and not enough on Alyss and her court.
Alyss is barely back on the throne of Wonderland when attacks at border outposts start happening at alarming speed. Alyss is distrustful of the King of the neighbouring country, King Arch, but cannot pin anything on him directly, and if the Caterpillars’ visions are anything to go by, Redd is back in Wonderland.
There was a lot of time spent on Redd and King Arch, and I have to admit, they are both somewhat cartoonish in their villainy (especially in the audio book, where the voices used by Gerard Doyle really emphasise this). Having said that, Alyss and her team weren’t really doing much. A lot of their time was spent observing various attacks from a security centre within the Palace, and Alyss then trying to use her Imagination to remotely assist where possible. There were some cute moments between Alyss and Dodge; their relationship is definitely a romance now, but it’s not an all-consuming passion like so many YA romances are. It’s sweet and unassuming and doesn’t overpower the main plot.
Hatter Madigan and Homberg Molly both end up in Borderland, and we do learn some interesting things about Hatter’s past, some of which I had predicted in the previous book, but we got more detail than my theories went into. A lot of the action sequences were thanks to events in Borderland, and I continued to enjoy learning about the various weapons of the Millinery. There was one fairly major character death and it bothered me that it happened, even though I saw it coming a mile away. It would have been nice for an author to not take that route for once.
The world-building continues to be one of the highlights of the series, though not much is really added to in this book. We did learn more about the Caterpillars, though, which was fun. Thanks to Gerard Doyle, I can’t help but imagine them as the Beatles, though, because he voices them with Liverpudlian accents.
There is some good setup for an epic showdown in the third book, and I must admit that I am looking forward to seeing exactly what alliances form in that one and how the various characters deal with the fallout from the ending of this one.