Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review: Hatter by Daniel Coleman (Blog Tour)

Title: Hatter
Author: Daniel Coleman  
Author Website
Available: Now
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy

Description from Goodreads:

There's nothing wrong with a touch of madness. - Cheshire Cat

In a kingdom that doesn't need saving, a young man ignorant of social norms is the unlikeliest of heroes. And despite his extreme dislike of confrontation, Hatta knows his destiny is to mend a rift that doesn't exist.

On the other end of the spectrum is Chism, a young Elite soldier who thrives on conflict. How will this rash, obsessive soldier aid the child-like Hatta in his journey?

Throw in the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and other familiar characters as they emerge to fill their eminent roles in the tangled ascent into madness of literature's most lovable lunatic. 

My thoughts:

Hatter is a companion novel to Daniel Coleman’s Jabberwocky which I haven’t had the chance to read. Hatter can be read without reading Jabberwocky first. There are references to events and characters from Jabberwocky over the course of Hatter, but it didn’t cause any confusion for me. If anything it made me want to read Jabberwocky so I could learn more about this very cool world.

As a huge fan of all things Wonderland, I was curious to see how the author would portray its well known inhabitants. As the title suggests we get to know The Mad Hatter better in Hatter. The narration alternates between the voice of Hatta and Chism. The two couldn’t be more different. I’m not usually a fan of books told from the POV of more than one character, but in the case of Hatter it worked well.  I enjoyed the multiple story lines and was anticipating how the author would bring them all together. He did an amazing job with the conclusion, and I was thrilled to see no questions left unanswered. 

The world the author created was really stellar. I especially loved when a Wonderland character would show up on the scene. I enjoyed experiencing how the author portrayed each one, as well as the backstory he created for them. Some were exactly how I’d imagined and others definitely were not. It was fun to see them through the eyes of both Hatta and Chism. With the two characters being so very different, it was interesting to see how their opinions of the secondary characters would vary. Hatta almost always saw the best in people. His kind and forgiving nature never ceased to amaze me. Chism was much more jaded and this caused him to see others in a much different light than the eccentric Hatta. The differing perspectives really helped to keep Hatta interesting, and I thought the entire plot flowed at a perfect pace. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Alice’s world as much as I do.

My Rating:

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