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Son of a Witch
Son of a Witch
Author: Gregory Maquire
From 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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780739467053
ISBN-10: 0739467050
Pages: 337
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3 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: regan books/harper collins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
After reading Wicked, I was so excited to get into this one. Unfortunately, getting into it was a problem. I think it took me 7 months to finish this book, because I kept putting it down for something more interesting. Finally, I really got into the story - only to realize that I had just finished the last page. This was a huge disappointment for me.
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Helpful Score: 5
I didn't like this as much as Wicked. I loved Wicked and was very invested in Elphaba. This book follows Liir and I wasn't as interested in his character, probably due to Elphaba's indifference to him in the first book.
I do enjoy the Oz that Maguire has created, and would read another book if he set one there. It has so many neat races of people and political intrigue that could be investigated further.There are also other characters that would be interesting as the main character, like Elphaba's sister or Glinda, for instance.
So, it's not as good as Wicked, but it still set in an interesting world with odd characters. I just wasn't a big fan of Liir.
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Helpful Score: 5
I really loved Wicked, and was so excited for the sequel that I bought a hardcover copy (which I hardly ever do). I was disappointed in this book, however. I felt the story of Elphaba's son, Liir, was left twisting in the wind - it was a winding, kind of long-winded story, and I wasn't really engaged in it as much as I could have been. Liir as a character annoyed me. I thought, for most of the book, he was weak and whiny. Maybe that's why I liked it less than I thought I would!
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Helpful Score: 4
A very strange coming of age story. I liked the different take on Oz, and I loved the style with which Maguire puts sentences together. Some of the imagery was fabulous. But the story meandered and there was no clear plot or goal, nor was there much accomplished in the end.
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Helpful Score: 4
this follow up book To Wicked is not as good and seems to drag in places.
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This is the second book in Maguire's "The Wicked Years" series. For whatever reason, I enjoyed this one a bit more than Wicked, perhaps because it was shorter and therefore the parts that "dragged" didn't seem as long as they did in Wicked? Anyway, this book follows Liir, the young man who accompanies Elphaba in the later part of the first book. Liir doesn't know if Elphaba was really his mother or not, but this book follows Liir's emotions as he deals with Elphaba's death, tries to piece his own life together, and searches for Nor, his young friend and possible half-sister who was captured by the Wizard's troops in Wicked. We find out what happens to Oz after the "Wicked Witch of the West" dies, get a better look at Mother Yackle (or Yackle) the mysterious creature who often appeared throughout Elphaba's life, and what happened to the Animals after the Wizard leaves. I was disappointed that this book left so many loose ends unraveled, but I guess that's so the third book could be written. Anyway, this is a perfectly good book to read when you are looking for something to lose your imagination in and rediscover the version of Oz that Maguire puts forth to us in Wicked.
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An apt and fitting sequel to WICKED. Liir carries on after the death of Elphaba at the hands of Dorothy. This is definately NOT for kids! He learns to find love - perhaps.

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