In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the world of Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs as freely as secrets and blood.
In the New City lives a girl with a secret: Elizabeth can do magic. But someone knows her secret--someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly that was supposed to be gone forever, a butterfly that used to be called the Jabberwock...
Girl in Amber
Alice and Hatcher are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in a snowstorm she stumbles into a house that only seems empty and abandoned...
When I First Came to Town
Hatcher wasn't always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought him he always won. Then his boss tells him he's going to battle the fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive...
The Mercy Seat
There is a place hidden in the mountains, where all the people hate and fear magic and Magicians. It is the Village of the Pure, and though Alice and Hatcher would do anything to avoid it, it lies directly in their path...
This mesmerizing collection of four novellas, each set in the dark, Alice in Wonderland inspired universe of Henry's Alice and Red Queen, brings readers back into the shadowy world of the City where grown-up Alice is determined to forge a place for herself and her new family. "Lovely Creature" introduces Alice's sister Elizabeth, who possesses the same secret magic as her sister but refuses to follow in her footsteps. In "Girl in Amber," Alice must confront her past, coming to terms with herself as the little girl who faced off against the Red Queen. "When I First Came to Town" reveals the origin story of Alice's husband, Hatcher, this universe's version of the Mad Hatter, telling of his early days as the best fighter in the City. "The Mercy Seat" sees Alice and Hatcher work together to defeat the malevolent leader of a magic-hating village in order to find a home of their own. These somber, occasionally disturbing novellas offer a mature take on the children's story but balance the horrors of the City with hope. Henry's fans will be happy to return to this world, but readers need not be familiar with earlier installments to appreciate this twisted take on Lewis Carroll's classic tale.