Spoiler alert! Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor is the sequel to The Looking Glass Wars, and the second book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. As such, this review contains spoilers for The Looking Glass Wars. Please proceed with caution! And don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉
After finishing The Looking Glass Wars, I immediately picked up its sequel: Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor. While Seeing Redd picked up right where its predecessor left off, it wasn’t as engaging and interesting as its predecessor.
Alyss has returned from exile, defeated Queen Redd (her evil aunt), and is now reigning over Wonderland. She is working hard with her advisors and royal court to restore Wonderland to its previous glory. With Redd confined to the Heart Crystal, all is well, and things can finally get better. Or, is she? Suspicious activity from Redd’s old weapons and form Borderlands suggest that Alyss’s work to save Wonderland from Redd has only just begun…
At best, this book was just… meh. At worst, this book was pointless. I simply wasn’t “feeling it.” There were definitely parts of Seeing Redd that were great. I love Homburg Molly’s storyline and it was great to see more of Hatter Madigan’s story as well. But Redd is like that Legend of Zelda boss that you defeat that keeps coming back, no matter what you do. It feels frustrating and pointless for a story to continuously bring back the same villain that’s already been defeated. I realize this has only happened once thus far in the series, but it’s still frustrating.
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor gets 3/5 stars.