Volume Three in the Wicked Years
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After dazzling us with Wicked and his equally impressive Son of a Witch, Gregory Maguire returns with the third novel of his bestselling Wicked Cycle. This time, Brrr (a.k.a. the Cowardly Lion) takes center stage as he seeks out Yackle, the enigmatic oracle who always seems to have a hand in many of the goings-on in Oz. Brrr wants information about Elphaba Thropp, the woman who once defended him when he was a cub, but Yackle has questions of her own, and before long the two begin to trade knowledge for knowledge.
What follows is a voyage through Oz that traces the Lion’s tale, from his orphaned youth to his adventures with Dorothy and beyond. Implicated in a massacre of trolls, bewitched by a forbidding Cat princess and oppressed by the anti-Animal laws, his path in life was no Yellow Brick Road. But what does he know of the whereabouts of Elphaba’s boy, Liir? What can Yackle reveal about the Clock of the Time Dragon? These questions take on a sudden urgency as the threat of war looms between Oz and Munchkinland.
At once a portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic look at a world gripped with war fever, this is a smart and thoroughly engaging book that fans of Wicked will love.
Softcover Book : 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow & Co, Inc./Imp of Har. ( October 14, 2008 )
Item #: 12-618445
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.71inches
Product Weight: 10.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I wouldn’t recommend this book, but the fans of the Wicked Years novels and the curious will find it difficult to not read it at least once for themselves. It is a boring book as the Lion goes on and on about his life’s events and mistakes. The conversations between Mother Yackle and Brrr, the Cowardly Lion are what wake up both the story and the reader. Mother Yackle is one of my favorite characters in these books. At the end, Gregory Maguire has you wanting more when Yackle speaks about Elphaba, Liir, Candle, and Liir’s daughter. I’m hoping that if he writes another Wicked Years novel that it’ll be about Liir’s daughter and have a feel more like ‘Wicked’ did.
Reviewer: Jimmy W
This book started out extremely slowly, but I had read "Wicked" so I thought things would pick up. Unlike Wicked, this book never picked up. I had to force myself to finish it and when I did , I was left terribly disappointed. I am actually mad that I wasted the time and energy reading this.
Very good book. I'd highly recommend people to read it. If you liked the movie Wizard of OZ real it. SOOOO good.