Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
In the same vein as the popular Broadway musical Wicked, this book explores the backstory of a renowned villain, bringing to life a character that is so easily despised in modern culture. Readers can easily distinguish the slow yet steady change of Catherine to become the bloodthirsty Queen of Hearts that we read about today. Meyer revisits unforgettable characters like the Mad Hatter and Cheshire the Cat, adding her own little flair in regards to their personality – truly bringing them to life. With the vivid writing and refreshing new characterizations for old characters, Heartless captures a captivating yet heartbreaking origin story of the Queen of Hearts.
“They were all a little mad, if one was to be forthright.”