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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