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Posts Tagged ‘Elphaba’

Out of Oz

I think that Gregory Maguire has saved his best for last.  His fourth and final book in the Wicked Years saga, Out of Oz may be my favorite.  Pitched against the backdrop of war, Maguire brings back many favorites to conclude the series.   The story centers around Elphaba’s granddaughter as she matures and faces the consequences of her ancestors’ actions.  Even Dorothy make a return visit to Oz. 

A Lion Among Men

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.