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Hi bookish friends, welcome back for Part 2 of Tuesday’s book tours. We’re going to take a little bit of a turn towards the dark and the mad, but I guess you can say “We’re all mad here”! Many of you know that I love all things Alice in Wonderland, and that includes The Balance Series by C.W. Snyder. This series is a beautiful dark blend of Wonderland, the Land of Nod, mythology, biblical beings, fairytales and the stuff of nightmares. Obviously it’s my jam! This is the 2nd book in the Balance Series, and another fabulous adventure.
QUEEN OF NOD (THE BALANCE SERIES #2), BY C.W. SNYDER
“Alice hoped to find peace after the death of the Red Queen. Instead, she faces a new foe: a plague of madness that threatens to bring Nod to its knees, shaking the foundations of the afterlife.
Forced to flee from her home and abandon her throne, she is led on a journey that has the potential to remake or break her. From the forest world of the Fae to the expanse of the multiverse, Alice and Zee search desperately for a cure before it’s too late.
Along the way, they meet new companions and enemies – the powerful and deadly Magi, the changeling princess Maggie, and the Triad, a sinister trio of brothers who would stop at nothing to subjugate all they see.
The fate of Nod hangs in the balance, and the key might just lie in the one place Alice has never dared to go – the depths of her own mind.”
I enjoyed Queen of Nod almost as much as Child of Nod. It was a half a star difference, and really the only reason for that was I was a little lost at the beginning of the book with the introduction of the new characters. Overall this was a 4.5 star read for me!
The plot is solid and moves right along, and the characters are phenomenal, creepy, mad, and very likable! I love that there are lessons that Alice and other characters learn throughout the books, it really gives that classic fairytale feel to it. I think the blend of multiple stories and myths adds to the dark and intricate world that CW Snyder has built, especially with the real world and other worlds intertwined. I found the concept of being twin-souled really intriguing to me, and I would love to see more of that type of character or state of being in other stories. Another concept I enjoy, is that everything comes with a price. I see that with magic in stories, but this was even more of a favor or help given for a trade. Kind of a Rumpelstiltskin type bargain, in some ways at least. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I don’t want it to end!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my review for Queen of Nod (Balance Series #2) by C.W. Snyder. If you like Alice retellings, or dark fantasy then this is definitely a series you need to pick up! Plus, who doesn’t want some gorgeous covers on your shelves! If you’ve read the the first two books, then please leave me a comment and let me know how you’re liking them!
Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!