The first novel in Colleen Oakes' epic, imaginative series tells the origin of one of the most infamous villains - the Queen of Hearts.
This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.
Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father's approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland's dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies, or she'll lose not just the crown but her head.
©2016 Colleen Oakes (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
The performance and story was astonishing and creative, keeping me thoroughly trapped in the world.
The setting, the characters, the dialogue.
Her portrayals of each character was outstanding and dramatic, only aiding to my immersion in the novel.
It trapped me in its world. I couldn't stop listening, finished in a day!
Make sure to complete your experience with book 2, Blood of Wonderland before judging this creative and well imagined world.
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
"Alice in Wonderland" is one of my favorite classic stories and this was one of the best books that I have read as far as a prequel/ different take on the story!
Dinah is the Princess of Hearts and the story takes place the year before she is to be crowned the queen. Her younger brother, Charles, is mad...in fact he is a mad hatter and will never be able to have his chance to rule beside his sister as king. Months before she is to be crowned, she will learn there is more to Wonderland and her father than she ever thought possible. She will be surprised to find out a long kept secret by her father, go on an adventure with Wardley, her best friend and heart card, in the black towers, and learn the true definition of courage the day before she is to be crowned.
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