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While I thought this book was much better than Wicked, I found it to be just as depressing as the first one. It was only in the last fourth of this book that the story finally started to get interesting. The main character Liir, like his mother before him, never seems to accomplish much until nearly the ending of the book. He is neglected and abused his whole childhood and he doesn't fare much better in early adulthood. The dialogue between the characters has to be read carefully as well -- facial expressions, thoughts, and body language are not described when the characters are speaking to each other so sometimes it is difficult to tell if the conversational remarks are humorous, used with sarcasm or are meant to be cruel. If there is a next book in this series I will probably read it just to find out if the story continues to improve.
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I enjoyed this book and felt it ended too soon. I can't wait for the sequel. (There'd better be one as it left you hanging!)
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A great premise, but hard to muddle through at times.
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This book is good. I won't say it isn't. It just wasn't my cup of tea this time around. I feel like it was too removed from the greatness that was Wicked - the dialogue felt stilted, the characters lackluster, the plot hard to get through compared with the former book. This book falls unfortunate victim to the old malady of 'sequelitis.' As a standalone, it's interesting enough, and well-done in its own way. But in the shadow of Wicked, it just doesn't please me as much.
Gregory Maguire is an excellent writer. In spite of what I felt were weakened characters and awkward dialogue, the main character Liir still managed to connect to me. I felt engaged it certain points by him, or intrigued by other characters. The main problem is the long dumps of boring or no action - I continually felt myself wanting to put the book down.
The story is just as sad and heart-breaking as the first, the perspective as woe-begotten as the former. It's well done, but heart-rending.
If you enjoyed Wicked, by all means, pick up this book. For the attentive and dedicated reader, it will engage and inspire. If you're feeling ADD, I recommend leaving it until you're ready to get focused. :)