Sunday, January 27, 2019

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney - HIGH

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney, 366 pages.  Imprint (Macmillan), 2018.  $19.

Language: R (100+ swears, 5+ ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (fantasy fighting)



The night of her dad’s funeral the Nightmare almost killed Alice, until she was rescued by Addison Hatta.  A year later Alice is a Nightmare slaying fiend, dividing her time between Wonderland and the human world, juggling hero duties with her mother, her friends, and her school work.  Just when she is ready to throw in the towel, a older, bigger threat comes to Wonderland – The Black Knight is back and he is out for blood – everyone’s blood.  Only Alice and the Tweedlanov brothers stand between him and his goal.

Alice in Wonderland meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this no-holds-barred romp through Carrol’s world.  The references to the source material are copious – Alice and Buffy references.  But kids who don’t get those references will still enjoy the demon-slaying action.

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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