In his third book offering different and darker views of the characters in Frank L Baum’s beloved Oz series, Gregory Maguire features the Cowardly Lion. Maguire’s “Wicked” writings are intertwined with familiar folks like Dorothy, Glinda, Elphaba, Scarecrow, and, of course, the Wizard of Oz.
A Lion Among Men recounts the misadventures of the Lion. In this episode, Oz and Munchkinland are warring over water. The lion is sent on a mission to find out about the Elphaba’s (Wicked Witch of the West) magic book, the Grimmerie. As he questions an oracle, she turns the tables on him and we find out about his troubled past.
The book is entertaining, but like Wicked and Son of a Witch, it tends to be very dark and not really for the young folks. You don’t have to read the first two books to enjoy this one, but I would recommend that you read them first.