King of Hearts
A Wonderland Story (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 4)
by KuroKoneko Kamen
Pub Date 29 Jan 2019
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Crimson, the bloodthirsty, sadistic King of Hearts, is a villain. Or at least he’s supposed to be. That’s just how things work in Wonderland: a strange, fanciful place filled with heroes and villains that always seem to be at odds.
Crim is in a very dark place after the hero, Alister Kingsley, wins the Wonderland Joust and marries Madeline Hatter. He should have known better than to hope for true love since villains don’t get ‘happy endings’.
But there’s something fishy afoot. Even though Crim loves Madeline he can’t stop thinking about his Cheshire Cat slave, Katrina, who remains trapped in an enchanted sleep. Only true love’s kiss can break a sleeping curse, and Crim has tried that already. Don’t get him wrong. He doesn’t love Katrina. He just misses her delicious raspberry tarts terribly, and will stop at nothing until she can bake them for him again.
Like sharks smelling blood in the water, Crim’s enemies make their move when the King of Hearts shows a moment of weakness caused by his recent defeat at Alister’s hands, and his inability to break Katrina’s curse. The Queen of Hearts and Crim’s birthmother, Cordelia, has two powerful allies in her arsenal: the Other Artist, Alice, and the Sorcerer Maleficent.
Crim later discovers that the saying ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is true when the Cheshire Cat People decide to join Crim in retaking the Red Kingdom from the clutches of Alice’s army, which is made up of vicious Dark Fairies and human-sized insects.
Can a villain become the hero Wonderland needs before it’s too late, or will Wonderland be plunged into an eternal darkness forever?
"This story is about Crimson the King of Hearts. He was the villain in Alister in Wonderland but is he all bad? This is his story and it's wonderful. The characters are as fun to get to know as KuroKoneko Kamen's other genderbent stories. It's fun to listen to with action, adventure, mystery, suspense and plenty of humor."
"This is a fun and interesting story of an adventure in Wonderland. Most people will recognize many of the characters and references in this book. The characters are familiar but with a twist. I enjoyed seeing this adventure play out. The story is full of strong characters and a good plot that grabs your attention and keeps it until the very end. Crim and Katrina are good together and I enjoyed seeing the two find their way to each other as they help fight the Queen of Hearts in a battle for Wonderland. I really liked seeing the growth of Crim throughout his ordeals. He learns a lot and he becomes the man he was meant to be. It was nice to see the camaraderie that grows between all the characters. The story moves along at a good pace and the author does a wonderful job of taking you down the rabbit hole. Narrator L. A. Johnson does a good job of breathing life into the characters and had me quickly engulfed in the story right from the start."
"What to expect: the summary does an excellent job but for those who need just a tad bit more- magic, energy shields, humor, enchanted forest, dragon, jabberwocky, tweedledee and tweedledum, weapons, death, Cheshire cat girl and cat people, relationships difficulties, control collars, curses, painting items that come to life, and so much more."
"Crimson is a villain, but his past has created who he is. "Off with their head" is his answer for anything. But deep down he is missing something. This story is about searching for that something. Crimson chooses the wrong path many times before he can find the way back to his heart."