Morpheus. He’s still the dark, sexy, arrogant and manipulative Morpheus we knew. But in this book, we could see him working together with Jeb and eventually, respects him. We can see her soft side for Alyssa. But, he’s still the master of manipulation, we never can guess his intentions and motives. But one thing for sure, he truly cares for Wonderland. Wonderland will forever and always be his priority.
“I do what’s best for Wonderland”
“You are Wonderland”
“If you’ll but be mine, your heart will forever be sheltered in my care. Yes, we will quarrel incessantly and fight for dominance. And yes, there will be ravishes of passion, but there will also be gentle lulls. That is who we are together. You’ll never need fear that your love is not reciprocated.”
Jeb. He is not as annoying as he was in the previous books. Maybe because in the previous books he’s just a normal human, so he doesn’t understand how Wonderland works, the chaos and madness within the magic, and how intoxicating it is. And then in this book, his magic is mixed from Morpheus and Red, two of Wonderland most powerful creatures. It unleashed his dark side, but it also made him understand the chaos and madness. He even almost lost his mind trying to control the magic. It also made him understand more about the way netherling thinks and that made him willing to coorperate with Morpheus. We can also see that’s he’s not the naive, jealous human boy because he figured it out from the beginning that his powers are from Red and Morpheus.
World building: Solid and other worldy. Just like the previous books, A.G Howard provides very details description about Wonderland, that it’s easy to imagine that we’re in the world ourselves.
The ending is perfect for this trilogy, even though it’s very similar with Clockwork Princess. I don’t really like Jeb, but after reading this book and see his thoughts, I feel like he deserves Alyssa too. The epilouge is just perfect.
“And there, in the midst of blinding orange, yellow, and white flames, our forever begins.”
If you’re looking for a retellings, especially Alice in Wonderland retelling, this book is worth the try. It potrays wonderland in it’s own dark twisted way.