Synopses & Reviews
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 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.
“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 is full of storytelling brio . . . his Oz is meticulously drawn.” New York Times
“Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbitthat spot is well deserved.” & #151;Kirkus Reviews
“As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be.” Entertainment Weekly
“Maguires captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness.” People
For Wicked:“I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story.” & #151;Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True
“An amazing novel.” & #151;John Updike
The long-anticipated sequel to the million-copy bestselling novel Wicked
Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he 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. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her 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 supposed 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.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the author of several best-selling adult novels, including Wicked, which was turned into a Broadway musical. His books for younger readers include the picture book Crabby Cratchitt, the novel The Good Liar, and the popular Hamlet Chronicles series. While writing Leaping Beauty, Mr. Maguire sadly became allergic to all creatures great and small. Now he lives in a house without pets, though he is the father of three happy, noisy small children to whom, at this writing, he has not yet developed allergies.