The long-anticipated sequel to the million-copy
bestselling novel 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 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? 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....Continua
Okay so it's been awhile since I read Wicked but I found myself finding my way around Oz so much easier this time. It surprised me how easy I fell back into the author's style of writing and the whole concept of Oz. He does have a distinct way of writing and the Oz he's created is so much richer in detail than the Oz we all know that in the first book I struggled with seperating my original idea of Oz with his new one. In Son of a Witch however, it was so much easier to fall back into his world.
Liir is a weird character. He's not someone you fall instantly in love with and at times you may even find yourself hating him just a little bit. However his story is really gripping and I couldn't tear myself away for the most part. In the beginning the plot floats between Liir's past, what happened him after Elphaba died, and the mauntery where is lying in a coma. It's quite interesting to see what happened after Dorothy killed the Wicked Witch and was sent home as we never saw this at all in the original. It was nice to see the Scarecrow turned out to be a fairly nice character as they had all been portrayed as idiots in the first book, even though we only meet him for a few moments.
Back to Liir, he is really a strange person. There's some good in him definitely but we all see a lot of bad as he struggles to find a place for himself in the world of Oz. I really enjoyed the whole relationship with Candle that came near the end and I wished it had turned out a little better. Also enjoyed Trism but the gay reference confused me as I wasn't really sure where the author was going with that. Liir struggled with any human relationship he had, seeming to really only be able to interact well with Animals.
Overall the whole setting of Oz and the characters and the plot were at times mesmerising and at times lacklustre. I really am struggling to identify my feelings for this book because I loved the whole premise of the story and I definitely found myself gripped for a large portion of the book but... There were also definitely parts where I was waiting for that chapter to finish and was left wondering what the hell was that about? I think the only way to describe it is that it was an okay story with good characters in an amazing setting....Continua
I'm probably the only person on the planet that doesn't like this book. I found the main character absolutely regrettable. The only thing that redeemed this book at all was the ending. If he comes out with a sequel... I'll have to read it and hope it's better....Continua