Chad, February 24, 2009 (view all comments by Chad)
an amazing sequel to "wicked!" i could not put this down. again, maguire paints another descriptive picture of Oz, but this one with an ugly underbelly, a new cast of characters, along with the old, and surprising twists of fate. if you enjoyed "wicked," "son of a witch" will be just as captivating. this book only gets me more excited for "a lion among men," the third book in this series.
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CopyCat, November 26, 2007 (view all comments by CopyCat)
If Wicked left you craving more, then Son of a Witch will sate that thirst. Soaring through the story of Liir, the young man who suspects that he is the son of Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West, the tale jumps from breeze to breeze until you realize that it's all the same wind. Told in a disjointed style, it very aptly communicates the broken phases of Liir's life and explores how our upbringing affects who we are and how we choose to live. Or how that lack of upbringing can stunt our emotional growth. The entire mystery of Wicked and Son of a Witch is revealed in the last four words, but don't skip the wonderful mystic journey to get there.
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Phyllis Fredericksen, December 3, 2006 (view all comments by Phyllis Fredericksen)
If you loved Wicked, you will love this book! Takes up where the first one ended and flies from there. Is Liir really the witch's son? Does he have powers? Beautifully written, provacative....just a great read. I love the way Mr. Maguire weaves a story. The ending leaves you anticipating a third book...hopefully that's in the plans.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The death of Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West, brings about spectacular changes in this masterfully imaginative sequel to Maguire's 1995 blockbuster Wicked — most notably, the startling possibility that Elphaba had a son. Scattered among the ruins of great portions of Emerald City, many residents have been skinned and bloodied, supposedly by the barbaric Yunamatas. Travel caravan leader Oatsie Manglehand stumbles upon the body of an unknown young man, badly beaten but still alive. She presents him to the wise Superior Maunt, who recognizes the hurt boy as Liir, rumored to be the dead Witch's secreted son. A mute waif named Candle revives him with her haunting, ethereal music and hidden affections. Meanwhile, Maguire supplies alternating chapters of extensive, mesmerizing backstory of Liir's boyhood, from the witch's watery demise, to the trek to the Wizard's Castle with Dorothy and company, his search for the imprisoned princess Nor, and a long stint in the Munchkinland Army, all while donning his mother's black cape and clutching her magic broom handle. Along the way, a headspinning cast of vividly described, eccentric characters emerges, but nothing prepares Liir for Candle's shocking surprise announcement. Tucked into Maguire's enchanting fable are carefully calibrated object lessons in forgiveness, retribution, love, loss and the art of moving on despite tragic circumstances. Ten years after Wicked (which is still on Broadway), fans will once again be clicking their heels with wonderment. Agent, William Reiss at John Hawkins & Associates.13-city author tour. (Sept. 27)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[R]ichly detailed....The book works too hard to dazzle us; it's considerably more cluttered and strained than Wicked. But, like L. Frank Baum's magical land itself, it's filled with wonderful things....Once again, the myth of Oz proves its enduring power."
by Boston Globe,
"[V]intage Maguire, thoroughly entertaining even at its darkest. Oz is as complex and satisfying a fantastic world as ever, wonderfully described, from the steam rising out of the marshes to the sloe-eyed young homeless on the Emerald City streets."
by Library Journal,
"[A] tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil — and leaves several doors open for future journeys over the rainbow into this cleverly constructed dystopia."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"[A]s fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be....In the end, this hero's journey plays like a series of enthralling anticlimaxes — although much may be forgiven if Son becomes the middle book of a trilogy. (Grade: B)"
by Los Angeles Times,
"[A] powerful cast of characters....Son of a Witch is one of those rare books that, although not designed for children, absorbs us in ways that only childhood reading usually can..."
by The Washington Post,
"Except for getting out of the way of the odd chamber pot being emptied from on high, no one seems to know exactly what to do or where to go in this book. You get the feeling they're simply milling around waiting for the next sequel to begin."
by San Antonio Express-News,
"[I]ntricately plotted and peopled...It has the same fascinating blend of the prosaic and the magical as its predecessor...and sometimes rises to the same level of wit....If Son suffers a bit from being the middle child, so be it. It is a family of books well worth reading."
by Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram,
"One of the critical hallmarks of a successful sequel is its ability to stand on its own. Son doesn't....Son occasionally has absorbing sections in which Maguire's prose sparkles; but there are also weak spots."
Ten years after the publication of Wicked, the author returns to the land of Oz to follow the story of Liir, the adolescent boy left hiding in the shadows of the castle when Dorothy killed the Witch.
In this follow-up to "Wicked"--the basis for the Tony Award-winning musical--beloved novelist Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz and introduces readers to Liir, the small boy Elphaba leaves behind at her untimely death.
by Harper Collins,
The Wicked Years continue in Gregory Maguires Son of a Witch—the heroic saga of the hapless yet determined young man who may or may not be the offspring of the fabled Wicked Witch of the West. A New York Times bestseller like its predecessor, the remarkable Wicked, Son of a Witch follows the boy Liir on his dark odyssey across an ingeniously re-imagined and nearly unrecognizable Land of Oz—a journey that will take him deep into the bowels of the EmeraldCity, lately abandoned by the Wizard, and into the jaws of dragons. At once a grim fairy tale and an uplifting adventure, Son of a Witch is a true wonder.
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