Book Review: Looking Glass by Christina Henry

Title: Looking Glass
By: Christina Henry
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale 
Pages: 304
Release Date: April 21st, 2020
Publisher: Ace
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

 In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the universe she created for Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs more freely than anyone suspects, but so do secrets and blood.

Lovely Creature
In the New City lives a girl called Elizabeth, a girl who has a secret: she can do magic. But someone knows Elizabeth's secret--someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly made by a girl called Alice.

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 they stumble into a castle that seems empty and least until nightfall.

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
Alice has a secret--a secret that not even Hatcher knows yet, but pretty soon she won't be able to keep it from him.


A different ride on a familiar tale. I love how Christina Henry can take a beloved childhood story and turn it into something more. When I was finished with this book, I felt like I finally knew the full story of Alice in wonderland and what I had known previously, was just brushing the surface. The characters really made me want know them more and the world building was colorful. I really want to read more from Ms. Henry.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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