Wishlist Wednesday #66 (12/12/12)
Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
Published October 16th 2008 by William Morrow
Since “Wicked” was first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire’s fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion–the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in “Wicked.”
While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr–the Cowardly Lion–arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. As payment, Yackle, who hovered on the sidelines of Elphaba’s life, demands some answers of her own.
Brrr surrenders his story to the ailing maunt: Abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his path from infancy in the Great Gillikin Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, and falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.
“A Lion Among Men” chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City’s approaching armies. What does the Lion know of the whereabouts of the Witch’s boy, Liir? What can Yackle reveal about the auguries of the Clock of the Time Dragon? And what of the Grimmerie, the magic book that vanished as quickly as Elphaba? Is destiny ever arbitrary? Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets–cowardly, wicked, brainless, criminally earnest–to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before they’re skinned alive?
At once a portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire’s new novel is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.
The Wicked Witch of the West has always been a bit of a mascot to me and I happily devoured the first two books in this series, Wicked and Son of a Witch. I always enjoy books that tell the stories of secondary characters, elevating the Witch from a one-dimensional villain to a true main character in her own right and turning Oz from a cardboard cutout into a rich and fascinating world. I’ve been meaning to read the rest of the series for years but I find I’m less enthused about reading the books without the Witch being in them. Still, in for a penny, in for a pound and I hate to leave things unfinished. Maybe it’s time to return to Oz and find out what happens to the Cowardly Lion, if only so I can read what sounds like a fantastic end to the series, Out of Oz. Maguire’s other fairy tale themed books; Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Mirror Mirror, and others, look good too.
(Happy 12-12-12 day!)
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