Looking Glass

Ace: Berkley. (Chronicles of Alice, Bk. 3). Apr. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781984805638. pap. $16. FANTASY
Henry returns to her popular “Chronicles of Alice” series (Alice) with four novellas. The first is about Elizabeth, born to replace Alice, who had been sent to an asylum after her encounter with the Magician Rabbit. Elizabeth has powers of her own, but hasn’t been told of them or of her sister. Can Cheshire teach her about the Jabberwock in time for Elizabeth to save herself? In the second tale, Alice encounters a house. Looking for shelter from a blizzard and separated from her man Hatcher, she finds it was a snare to trap magicians. Fortunately, Alice is perfectly capable of saving herself. The third story focuses on Hatcher, before he became mad, when he was the boxer Nicholas, fighting in the Old City. Will he beat the Rabbit-owned fighter, Grinder? The final story is about Alice and Hatcher finding their dreamed-of house by the lake to settle down.
VERDICT Fans of the previous books will adore seeing the characters again and having loose ends tied up. Readers new to the series, however, will be as lost as Alice.

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