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Son of A Witch

Written By: Erika - Jan• 02•09

by Gregory Maguire

This book is the sequel to the ever-popular Wicked, which I’d read several months back.  After enjoying Mr. Maguire’s take on different fairy tales, it was fun to read a story about “what happened after”.

This story follows the story of Liir, a lonely recluse, who, after reading Wicked, we assume is the son of Elphaba, but really never have that confirmed 100% for us.  Liir himself doesn’t even really know, and much of this book is about him grappling with the idea that he could be Elphaba’s son, and does that help define who he really is.

The story was interesting, I guess. Liir takes up the cause that Elphaba championed, that of the talking Animals, and attempts to bring them together to stand up to the government of Oz who is trying to do away with Animals altogether and reduce them to being simply animals- beasts of burden and food for humans and such.  Along the way, Liir also pledges to find one of the only friends he ever had, his half-sister, Nor.

When the book begins, I admit that Liir is a bit boring.  He just seems so…detached and unfocused, not really sure who he is or what he wants to be.  But that is what this novel becomes about, it’s about watching Liir grow and turn into the man he will be one day.  It’s a rather fascinating journey, but completely different from the story in Wicked.  I was a little disappointed at first that this book didn’t actually seem like a sequel to Wicked, but after a while, I cam to appreciate and enjoy this completely new story, set in the new-familiar land of Oz.  There were some moments that caught me as unexpected, and then I had to go back and re-read a few pages, but after a while, I really settled in, and this was one of those books that kept me up at night until I’d finished it.

Gregory Maguire is indeed a fantastic storyteller.  I really enjoyed this novel, in the end, and was satisfied that I’d read it.  The conclusion solves the question he had about who he is and where he came from, and we leave the book hoping for the best for young Liir and his strange family he’s built for himself.  I will warn that there are a few adult situations in this book, so if that concerns you, stay away from this book.  Overall though, a few thumbs up here.  I’m looking forward to reading the next Oz installment from Mr. Maguire, A Lion Among Men, where we are told that we get to see the events of Oz through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion, Brrr.

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