Seeing Redd: The Looking Glass Wars, Book 2

Common Sense Media says

More violent battles, less clever than the first.

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What parents need to know

Violence

Lots, some gruesome, including fingers being bitten off, many battles, many deaths.

Sex

A kiss.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and drunkenness, smoking cigarettes and a hookah, drugs are used as weapons, and imaginary recreational drugs are referred to.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a violent series, which, of course, is part of its appeal. There are many battles and deaths, and some gruesome moments with fingers bitten off. There's some drinking, cigarette smoking, and drug use.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Having defeated her evil aunt Redd in the previous book, Alyss hardly has time to settle into her rightful role as queen of Wonderland before she is beset on all sides. The king of Boarderland is scheming against her, Homburg Molly is kidnapped, and Hatter Madigan has disobeyed orders and may be a traitor.

Meanwhile, Redd is planning a new assault, and gathering a new army on Earth and in Boarderland, where she may be teaming up with the king. And she has discovered a way to enhance her powers of Black Imagination far beyond Alyss' own formidable White Imagination.

Is it any good?

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The Looking Glass Wars was a terrifically original and thrilling new entry in the fantasy field. This second book suffers from the dreaded sophomore slump. Those who loved the first book will enjoy it well enough, but it doesn't have that thrill of the new; the clever literary playing with the Alice in Wonderland story that made the first book so much fun.

Instead we get nearly nonstop battles and scheming. Redd's sojourn on Earth, where she gathers the dregs of humanity (many of whom turn out to be exiled Wonderlanders) is amusing, and the climactic battle is epic and exciting. But there's a flatness to the proceedings that would seem to indicate an author who used much of his best ideas in the first book.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the idea of imagination used as a weapon. What would be its limits? What makes Redd's more powerful than Alyss'? How could it be overcome?

Book details

Author:Frank Beddor
Genre:Fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Dial Books
Publication date:August 14, 2007
Number of pages:371
Publisher's recommended age(s):10
Read aloud:10
Read alone:11

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Teen, 16 years old Written byFuzzysan12 April 25, 2009
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11
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Seeing Redd, The Unneed Squeal To The Looking Glass Wars.

Seeing Redd, by Frank Beddor, is the unneeded squeal to the New York Time's best seller, The Looking Glass Wars. The Looking Glass wars captivated my attention, with its in-depth details and characters that seemed to be perfect by obviously had their flours. Where as Seeing Redd, made me yawn and I often found myself putting the book down to find something else to do. Unfortunately Seeing Redd didn't have the spark that Frank Beddor's first book did, and I think that’s what ultimately fueled my intense dislike for this book.
Teen, 13 years old Written byA.M. June 30, 2010
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10
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okay-ish

okay. the first was still better, but this is my favorite series of all time.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byAlyss Heart November 24, 2009
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

A must read!

SO GOOD! A BIT VIOLENT, BUT THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT GOOD! NONE OF THIS "I FELL DOWN A RABBIT HOLE", AD52 WEAPONS ALL THE WAY!
What other families should know
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