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.
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.
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!
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.
this follow up book To Wicked is not as good and seems to drag in places.