A bit of history of the well known Oz.. but VERY little... subtly tied to Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Lion and Scarecrow and of course, the Emerald City and the Wizard. This book has a hint of the obscure land of Oz where different cultures co-exist, magic is an accepted talent, and the land is ruled by religious zealots, religious heresy, and fear. The awful green child grows to become a beautiful independent thinking, strong-willed young woman. The well-known beautiful Glenda, her ex-roommate during her college days at a University where 'animals' are both Professors and barnyard pets.
An interesting suggestion that the 'wicked witch' was not wicked at all and simply assumed the role that whispers thrust upon her during her quest to do the righteous thing confessing to her murdered lover's widow. A touch of sex, rebellion, mysticism and destiny. Not at all like the Broadway musical by the same name...a bit unnerving but a must finish ending.
These two read together seamlessly. I have witnessed their partnership within other series and am always pleased to have these two performers whispering in my ears.
Being a avid listener of sci-fi books of varying worlds, battles and heroes, I started off the the Way of Kings not knowing what to expect, in fact, I have finished the book...and am still unsure of the turning of events. It is complex and intriguing. The story line jumps from one character action to another, seemingly unrelated. At one point, my mind franticly striving to tie events together in one neat bundle and yet unsuccess, overloaded. I put the book (audibly of course) down and read another, more simple and straight forward. Upon finishing it, life once again on the straight trek of storyline, I picked up my earbuds and continued listening about 'My Kings', knowing (I hoped) that at some point all the story lines would or should converge to a single apex. I read on and each of the main characters became more trapped in their situations, then came a glimmer of light and change. I became increasingly entangled in their lives and the outcome. The legend, not unusual to Brandon's way of writing, teases you with details, twists you into confusion, then grabs you and monopolizes your imagination as you become entangled with the characters. I read through the very last epilogue and immediately started download of book 2. I am saddened to hear that there will be 10 books, Brandon can not possibly write fast enough and I will be forced to re-read the series many times before it finishes as has happened with 'many' other series containing so many volumes. Write your endless books Brandon, your followers await.
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