Son of a Witch (Paperback)
|Author: Gregory Maguire|
|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.|
From the Publisher:
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 to 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.
The homage to L. Frank Baum's Oz books and cynical commentary on the dirty underside to fantasy novels continue with the long-awaited sequel to WICKED, the bestseller that inspired a hit Broadway musical. Elphaba Thropp, the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West, has died, leaving behind the foundling boy Liir, who believes that he may actually be her illegitimate son. Alone and rootless, he resolves to search for his childhood friend (and possible half-sister) Nor, who was taken away by the Wizard's army several years ago.
"[M]asterfully imaginative....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...fans will once again be clicking their heels with wonderment." (starred review) 07/18/2005 Kirkus Reviews
"[R]ichly detailed....[L]ike L. Frank Baum's magical land itself...[SON OF A WITCH is] filled with wonderful things....[F]ew readers will fail to stay its magical course. Once again, the myth of Oz proves its enduring power." (starred review) 07/15/2005