Dinah, the former Princess of Wonderland Palace, has been chased into the wilds of Wonderland after the brutal murder of her brother and the ruin of her impending crown. Now, as her half-sister Vittiore sits on the throne beside her Father, the brutal King of Hearts, Dinah finds herself alone in the forbidding Twisted Wood with only Morte, a homicidal beast, for company.
Hunted by the King and his army of Cards, Dinah struggles to evade those who long for her head, including Cheshire, the King’s clever advisor, who is slowly tightening his grasp around her. Spurred on by her rising terror, the former Princess finds herself at the center of a web of conspiracy reaching far beyond the Palace and deep into the mysterious Yurkei mountain tribes. Even with the balance of an entire Kingdom at stake, Dinah knows something that her allies and enemies do not: that the most dangerous conflict of all has already begun as she battles the enticing rage that beckons her ever closer as love slips further from her grasp.
If you haven’t read the first book in Colleen Oakes’ Queen Of Hearts Saga, take a minute to read my review. The Wonder picks up right after The Crown as Dinah continues to flee from her father, the King of Hearts, but, even away from the palace, she isn’t safe. Unaccustomed to fending for herself, Dinah struggles to survive in the Twisted Wood while avoiding the king’s forces. Eventually, she is tracked down by a Spade, one of the king’s henchmen, but instead of killing her, Sir Gorrann offers to help her. However, he leads her to Wonderland’s fiercest enemies, the Yurkei. Held prisoner, Dinah fears for her life, but it is in the enemy’s land that Dinah learns the truth about herself and the path she must take.
I really like this series. The second book is just as enjoyable as the first, maybe even more so. As Dinah struggles to understand who she is and her place in Wonderland, it’s easy to see how an unloved teenager could become the evil Queen of Hearts. As Dinah fights to control her rage and make the right choice, she can’t escape the comments that she is mad nor can she forget the awful things that have happened to those she loves. I can’t wait for the next book!
This book was sent to me for review and is part of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.