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Son of a Witch: Volume Two in the Wicked Years Paperback – September 29, 2009
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“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)
From the Back Cover
In this captivating New York Times bestseller, beloved author Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz and introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape—but what of her powers? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?
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wonderful follow-up to 'Wicked'. while some characters continue, others are replaced by a new generation. the past and the future do meet
Maguire does a fantastic job at illustrating phases and progressions on Liir's blank canvas (e.g., Liir's sudden, clumsy, overzealous embrace of the UG after his first self-awakening as a teenager rang so true that I nearly laughed). New characters (Candle, the Conference of the Birds, Trism) are wickedly intriguing, and the incorporation of old characters (Oatsie, Yackle, Chistery, Glinda, the Maunts, Shell, Commander Cherrystone, many of whom are shown in a new light) keeps the sequel rooted in Elphaba's original story. Son of a Witch answers some questions from Wicked beautifully but also leaves some issues dangling (a trilogy in the works, Gregory?), which will likely annoy some readers but also serves a purpose in the scheme of Liir's uncertain life. Moreover, of all the Maguire books I've read, I absolutely liked the ending of this one the best.
All things considered, Son of a Witch mainly allows Maguire to do what he does best: to toy masterfully with notions of identity, morality, history, and reality. If you appreciate that sort of prose and enjoy spending time in Maguire's gritty, we're-REALLY-not-in-Kansas-anymore Oz, then you'll enjoy Son of a Witch.