I went into this novel - "the true story of Alice in Wonderland" - rather uneasily, just having finished re-reading the original Alice in Wonderland.
The author uses almost all of the elements/characters from Alice, yet somehow quite amazingly manages to give this story a unique and original feel of its own. This version tells the tale of Alyss Heart, heir to the throne of Wonderland, as she faces life in "our" world after the invasion of her Aunt Redd. Darkly thrilling adventures ensue and keep you turning page after page, dying to know what will happen next.
There were certain moments in this book that somehow reminded me of The Scarlet Pimpernel (which, by the way, if you haven't read, you must). Especially the scene at the masquerade ball . . . loved that scene! The world created was very vivid and well-fleshed - you could almost picture each scene playing through your head like a movie. Both the plot and characters were complex and interesting.
I enjoyed this book very much, and in no way did it ruin my views of or love for Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass. Those books will always be better, and they will always be classics, lasting much longer than this "retelling". But for an intriguing, interesting fantasy, The Looking Glass Wars was very engaging and worthwhile . . . just read the original first!