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Summary

In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the world of Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs as freely as secrets and blood.

Lovely Creature

In the New City lives a girl with a secret: Elizabeth can do magic. But someone knows her secret - someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly that was supposed to be gone forever, a butterfly that used to be called the Jabberwock....

Girl in Amber

Alice and Hatcher are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in a snowstorm she stumbles into a house that only seems empty and abandoned....

When I First Came to Town

Hatcher wasn't always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought him he always won. Then his boss tells him he's going to battle the fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive....

The Mercy Seat

There is a place hidden in the mountains, where all the people hate and fear magic and Magicians. It is the Village of the Pure, and though Alice and Hatcher would do anything to avoid it, it lies directly in their path....

©2020 Christina Henry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Mesmerizing…These somber, occasionally disturbing novellas offer a mature take on the children’s story but balance the horrors of the City with hope. Henry’s fans will be happy to return to this world, but readers need not be familiar with earlier installments to appreciate this twisted take on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale." (Publishers Weekly)

"Fans will delight in discovering the unknown family backgrounds and future fate of Alice and her wild and bloody Hatcher." (Booklist, starred review) 

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I've just finished this audio book having read Alice and the Red Queen previously. I can't say I am a huge fan of the books but I've enjoyed them enough to want to continue with them. I find at times things are too "wordy" it feels as if something is being explained by the character in several different ways for what seems several minutes. usually Alice's inner monologue. I struggled with the female narrator in this production and found the male section easier to follow. Having just done a bit more research I've realised (something which now seems obvious) that this is the 4 novellas and all it has done is left me wanting the story's to be finished. I was listening with the view to downloading the next installment for the stories to be finished. I imagine at some point there will be another release of short stories to do this ? I hope so. I am invested in new characters and stories lines now....

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  • 23-05-20

a great take on Alice

loved the continuation of the journey of Alice and her Hatcher. looking forward to the adventures of Elizabeth.

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  • 20-11-20

Alice in Wonderland for Grown-ups

Loved this whole series. It's a fun take on Alice in Wonderland. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens to Alice and Hatcher.