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6178354Published: October 15, 2009
Publisher: Dial Books
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

The power of imagination has been lost!

Now it’s all about the artillery as AD52s, crystal shooters, spikejack tumblers, and orb cannons are unleashed in a war of weapons and brute force.

As Alyss searches wildly for the solution to the disaster that has engulfed her queendom, Arch declares himself King of Wonderland. The moment is desperate enough for Alyss to travel back to London for answers, where Arch’s assassins are threatening Alice Liddell and her family. But after coming to the Liddells’ assistance, Alyss discovers herself trapped in a conundrum of evaporating puddles. The shimmering portals that exist to transport her home through the Pool of Tears are disappearing!

What is happening in Wonderland? Deep within the Valley of Mushroom the Caterpillar Oracles issue this prophecy: “Action shall be taken to ensure the safety of the Heart Crystal. For Everqueen.” But who is Everqueen?

As the metamorphosis of Wonderland unfolds, enemies become allies, bitter rivals face off, and Queen Alyss and Redd Heart must both confront their pasts in this thrilling, no-holds-barred conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series.  (goodreads.com)

A fantastic ending to an amazing series.

As Alyss and Redd struggle to come to terms with their missing Imagination (and decide on a rather touchy alliance that will benefit them both while they each hold knives to the others’ backs) Arch decides to move in on the throne because, well, a kingdom is so much better than a queendom.  Women are such piddly things that shouldn’t trifle with the doings of men.  Oh ye of little brains.

There’s a lot more intrigue in ARCHENEMY than in the other books and you’ll find the caterpillars much more involved in the story than they were were in the past.  I found myself constantly trying to guess what was going to unfold and how it all would end up.  And Everqueen?  What is Everqueen?  WHO is Everqueen?  The way THAT ended was rather spectacular.  Those caterpillars are tricky buggers, let me tell you.

Hatter and Molly, I love those two.  Like father like daughter.  They really make the book for me and I liked how Molly was given a chance to really shine again.  Outside from in the shadow of her father she came to terms with everything that’s happened and accepted what’d been handed to her as a halfer.  She molded herself into something fantastic.  I only wish there would have been more of her in the books.  I have hopes for HATTER M.

ARCHENEMY was the last dredge through the mess of Wonderland before everything finally came together.  I certainly had my moments of questioning whether things were going to work out or not.  I mean, in reality, a positive ending is not anywhere near beyond the realm of expectation.  If the series were to have ended any other way I think a lot of people would have been thoroughly pissed.  But with the way it ended, it being largely happy but not without its turmoil and exhaustion, it felt right to me.  Many things were lost, many things were compromised, and the rebuilding process is going to be a major pain but what’s done is done.

And the caterpillars only work for the well-being of imagination.  Of course.  Imagination comes before all.  Everything else is fixable except that.  Of course I would love to see more beyond what the books have offered.  I absolutely adore this world and the art and everything else that comes along with it.  The characters are deliciously phenomenal, even the bad ones, and I just want more of it all.  Thank god for HATTER M, I guess.

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