Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
After the Lunar Chronicles I had high hopes for this, and Meyer did not let me down. I absolutely loved this, it was so original and took such an interesting approach to the overall story and the metamorphosis of a villain we all know so well.
The interweaving of classic characters from Alice in Wonderland as well as the poetic license taken to make them work with the story Meyer wove was so well done. I recognized all of the characters but there was an undeniable freshness to them without betraying their core traits. Building on the burgeoning trend of morally shady characters, Cath starts as a naïve and privileged young woman. The more we get to know her, and the more constrains put on her, it’s clear that we only saw a small part. She wants control of her life, and in order to achieve that she has to make decisions that unveil a ruthless side of her. Meyer is able to keep her in our sympathies the entire time, and her path to becoming the Queen of Hearts is organic and seemingly unavoidable.
The traditional nursery rhyme of Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater was an interesting addition and the lynchpin to the whole story. It was so well done and creative. Furthermore, the juxtaposition of traditional Victorian roles for women in the fantastical world of Wonderland created the perfect conflict for Cath and felt so natural to the world given its original story.
Loved it, can’t wait for more from this author.