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Son of a Witch: A Novel (Wicked Years (Paperback)) Paperback – 19 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ReganBooks,U.S.; New edition edition (19 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060747226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060747220
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,906,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Masterfully imaginative. . . . Mesmerizing. . . . A headspinning cast of vividly described, eccentric characters emerges. . . . [An] enchanting fable."

"As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be." -- Entertainment Weekly

For Wicked:"I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story." -- -Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True

"Maguire is full of storytelling brio . . . his Oz is meticulously drawn."--New York Times

"A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil."--Library Journal

For Wicked: "I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story."----Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True

"Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit--that spot is well deserved."----Kirkus Reviews

"Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come. . . . Thoroughly entertaining."--Boston Globe

"Maguire's captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness."--People

"As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be."--Entertainment Weekly

"An amazing novel."----John Updike

Maguire is full of storytelling brio . . . his Oz is meticulously drawn. --New York Times"

A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil. --Library Journal"

Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come. . . . Thoroughly entertaining. --Boston Globe"

Maguire s captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness. --People"

As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be. --Entertainment Weekly"

For Wicked: I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story. ----Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True"

An amazing novel. ----John Updike"

Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit that spot is well deserved. ----Kirkus Reviews"

-Maguire is full of storytelling brio . . . his Oz is meticulously drawn.---New York Times

-A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil.---Library Journal

-Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come. . . . Thoroughly entertaining.---Boston Globe

-Maguire's captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness.---People

-As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be.---Entertainment Weekly

For Wicked: -I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story.-----Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True

-An amazing novel.-----John Updike

-Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit--that spot is well deserved.-----Kirkus Reviews

Book Description

The second dazzling and entrancing novel in Gregory Maguire's bestselling Wicked series

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Great follow on to Wicked
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Elphaba lives! An enigmatic scrawl that is appearing on walls across the Emerald City defies the received wisdom that the Wicked Witch of the West has been vanquished by Dorothy Gale. Certainly across London it would seem that our green-skinned heroine has survived. Her enigmatic smile peers from a thousand poster sites, grinning enigmatically at whatever is whispered from her white-clad friend Glinda. With the success of the musical Wicked it was perhaps inevitable that a follow up book would arrive. But is it any good?

Firstly this is a review for those who enjoyed the first book. If you didn't enjoy Maguire's original subversion of the classic tale of Oz then it is unlikely that this book is going to do much for you. However, if the concept of the retelling of such a familiar tale and the creation of a whole new world of Oz left you wanting more, then this book is no disappointment.

In this book one of the survivors from the incursion into Kimano Ko is Liir. It was never made clear throughout Wicked who this child was. Bullied by his siblings, and clutching desperately to Elphaba despite her indifference he is now left with nothing. As a result this book is the story of him growing up in the face of a harsh and unforgiving post-Wizard Oz.

At first the socialite and philanthropist Glinda has filled the vacuum of power in the Emerald City, and is then succeeded by the Scarecrow before an all powerful Emperor assumes the throne in the name of the Unnamed God. Religion is perverted to serve power, and the whole of Oz faces the forced conversion to the Unitarianism. In the face of this power is there anyone who is willing to take up the Witch's mantle and defend the defenceless of Oz?
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Elphaba lives! An enigmatic scrawl that is appearing on walls across the Emerald City defies the received wisdom that the Wicked Witch of the West has been vanquished by Dorothy Gale. Certainly across London it would seem that our green-skinned heroine has survived. Her enigmatic smile peers from a thousand poster sites, grinning enigmatically at whatever is whispered from her white-clad friend Glinda. With the success of the musical Wicked it was perhaps inevitable that a follow up book would arrive. But is it any good?

Firstly this is a review for those who enjoyed the first book. If you didn't enjoy Maguire's original subversion of the classic tale of Oz then it is unlikely that this book is going to do much for you. However, if the concept of the retelling of such a familiar tale and the creation of a whole new world of Oz left you wanting more, then this book is no disappointment.

In this book one of the survivors from the incursion into Kimano Ko is Liir. It was never made clear throughout Wicked who this child was. Bullied by his siblings, and clutching desperately to Elphaba despite her indifference he is now left with nothing. As a result this book is the story of him growing up in the face of a harsh and unforgiving post-Wizard Oz.

At first the socialite and philanthropist Glinda has filled the vacuum of power in the Emerald City, and is then succeeded by the Scarecrow before an all powerful Emperor assumes the throne in the name of the Unnamed God. Religion is perverted to serve power, and the whole of Oz faces the forced conversion to the Unitarianism. In the face of this power is there anyone who is willing to take up the Witch's mantle and defend the defenceless of Oz?
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After reading Gregory Maguire's Wicked and falling totally in love with it, it was inevitable that I was going to read the follow up. And did it match up to its predecessor? Yes and no. Yes, because the plot was interesting, always managing to keep my attention and continually surprise me. The characters were again created with the depth and mystery that made me fall in love with the first book, and the land of Oz is again as realistic and as lifelike as anyone could hope for in a fantasy novel. Yet there is something about this book that prevents it from being ranked up there with Wicked and I think I've put my finger on it: the absence of Elphaba. Without her amazing character in the forefront of the book, Oz is rather lacking in the magic that made the first book so successful.

Overall verdict: very enjoyable and well worth the read, but only if you liked the first book, and love the land of Oz enough to want to return to it after the demise of our heroine.
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Of course we've all heard of Wicked and it has been reviewed hundreds of times before. I enjoyed the first book in this series although it was much more religious and political than I had expected but also much funnier than I'd hoped. This second book I found disappointing and was at times a bit for a struggle to read. I can't quite put my finger on what it was lacking, I think it might just be that Wicked was so great nothing can follow. I would still recommend it. I look forward to the third and forth final book and hope they catch my attention like the first Wicked book.
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