~Written by Sarah Pepper
If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.
Heads would Roll…
Hearts would Break…
In the end, would it matter who Reigned?
Death of the Mad Hatter is a witty and intriguing take on Alice in Wonderland.
The story starts off with a bang as the guillotine crashes down on the unsuspecting King leaving his cunning wife, The Queen of Hearts to rule Wonderland. The Prophesy states that The Queen of Hearts will rule until time ceases to move forward and the misfit girl with a boy's name (or was it a boy with a girls name?) comes to end the Reign of Terror...something The Queen of Hearts cannot let happen.
Alice Mae comes to Wonderland the traditional way, chasing a rabbit down a rabbit hole. She also drinks the magic "Drink Me" cocktail. The inhabitants of Wonderland find her curious, but are disappointed to learn she's a girl with a girl's name. The Queen, however, finds Alice Mae's ability to deceive helpful and sends her to find the heir to the Wonderland throne so he can be executed. Alice Mae travels back to modern day and finds Ryley, an average teen anxious to leave his small town and troubles behind. Ryley is captivated by the eccentric, Alice Mae, especially when she mentions his long lost father. In time Alice Mae feels a connection to Ryley, something she never expected and certainly something that complicates her mission. Will the Reign of Terror ever end?
Death of the Mad Hatter is filled with many unforeseen twists and the author creatively mixes reality with make believe resulting in a thrilling ride. Sarah Pepper has the ability seamlessly switch between Wonderland and the modern world and her talent to develop appealing and believable characters makes for an enjoyable read.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Death of the Mad Hatter. Available on Amazon.