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OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!
When Wonderland’s army invades, General Snow White, Prince Phillip and the other fairy tale heroes must face a desperate situation... it’s not about winning the battle, but how long they can survive it. Meanwhile, Queen Alice finds herself to be an unwitting pawn in a deadly plot of checkmate against her throne; while someone from Alice’s past has a different endgame in mind. Danger exists for both sides of the battlefield. Will there ever be a Happily Ever After? Continuing the events from Book I: Queen Cinder, Roy A. Mauritsen’s thrilling fantasy adventure fairy tale epic, Shards Of The Glass Slipper continues with Book II: Queen Alice.
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“The Red Queen yes, I shook her into submission, but the White Queen did escape… Although she had already resigned by turning into a sheep,” corrected Alice. “But I didn’t come here for a lesson of the history of Wonderland’s ruling parties,” she said, and then insisted, “I Think the Queen of Wonderland should have a king.”
“Well consider the historical context. Kings in Wonderland don’t matter, so why should you want one? Now we have efficiently whittled it down to one sole person, You, Alice—The Queen of Wonderland. And by official Decree of the Lion and the Unicorn, I might add. There’s no need to muddy up the rule again with a king.”
”Yes, but the other queens had kings—” Alice started to say.
“True, but the Kings held no real power; it was just an elevation of station,” Rabbit earnestly tried to explain. “The King of Hearts was the only one who at least tried to do something more, but he was quite overshadowed by that boisterous and demanding blowhard queen of his, if you recall. The Red King preferred naps to ruling and the White King did little more than get in the way of everyone else. The Queens have always held the real power in Wonderland. You should not want for such a silly thing as a King. It is beneath you, dear Alice.”
“Well, if it is a silly thing with no real power why can’t I have one? I should mean a husband then,” said Alice. “What is there to call the husband of the queen but a king? I’ve been here for quite a while; I would think I would have a proper husband by now. What of the rumors of another offlander that has come to Wonderland, they call him… Jack? I would like to meet him. I shall task my favorite Ace to track him down and invite him to meet with me, Dear Rabbit.”
”Ah yes, of course,” replied Rabbit, then added, “This would mark the first time in Wonderland’s history that here have been two offlanders here at the same time,” he said, with a slight growl of annoyance.
“Yes, he is an offlander after all. Find him for me, please. Just for a meeting. It’s exciting isn’t it? To meet someone like myself … I haven’t had such a thing in so long. Perhaps it’s a sign, Rabbit. Jack could be a husband for me,” Alice teased.
“You don’t even know him. Just because he’s an offlander is he fit to be your husband?” Rabbit cleared his throat, his whiskers twitched.
“I’ve seen that whisker twitch too many times, Rabbit,” observed Alice with a smile. “Does this subject make you uncomfortable?” Alice asked as she leaned in on her elbows.
Rabbit replied quickly. “And why are we having this conversation, now?”
“I awoke this morning from a vivid dream, quite curious—”
Offlanders and their dreaming, a curious thing indeed,” said Rabbit, shaking his head. “All the magic in this world and you still insist on dreaming.”