I received an ARC of Weariland as a beta reader and for review upon release. I had not read a blurb or any information about the book before reading. This book was an enjoyable tale. Weariland is a great sequel to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
I read those books in my youth and was enthralled with Wonderland. In this story the protagonist is Alice’s granddaughter, Lason. Things have been dire in the land since The Queen of Souls, the daughter of the Queen of Hearts, began her rule. She’s heartless and has little imagination. All imagination has been banned and the land and it’s inhabitants are weary. The evil rule has depleted the magical landscape and the residents of what used to be Wonderland live in fear of the Queen. The Queen is an antagonist that you can truly despise. Lason is a protagonist that you can empathize with and want to cheer her on in all the adventures she encounters.
The characters are well done and are easily accepted as descendants of characters in the world created by Carroll. The caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland is now a wise old butterfly. The White Rabbit is a descendant of the original rabbit.
The action and plot development had a good pace and for me was a page turner. I read the book in two days during breaks and in the evenings. I could have read it in one day if that was all I had to do. It isn’t too long nor too short.
I loved the way the author alternated between events happening in the normal world investigating the unusual death of Alice and Lason’s subsequent disappearance, and Lason’s experiences in Weariland. An excellent read for anyone who enjoyed Alice in Wonderland as a child.