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Son of a Witch (Wicked Years #2)by Gregory Maguire
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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. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. At the Cloister of Saint Glinda the silent novice Candle tends to him, willing him back to life with her unusual musical gifts. What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son?
He has her broom and her cape — but what of her powers?
Can he find his half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? 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?
For the countless fans who have been dazzled and entranced by Maguire's Oz, Son of a Witch is the rich reward they have awaited so long.
“Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come....Thoroughly entertaining.” Boston Globe
“A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil.” Library Journal
“Maguire's captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness.” People
“Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit — that spot is well deserved.” Kirkus Reviews
“As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be.” Entertainment Weekly
“Maguire is full of storytelling brio...his Oz is meticulously drawn.” New York Times
The Wicked Years continue in Gregory Maguire's 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 Emerald City, 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.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror, Mirror; and the Wicked Years series, including Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
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