The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times best-selling series the Wicked Years
Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.
Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who's knocking at the door. Its none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy.
Yet amid all this chaos, Elphabas granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom - and her legacy - in an Oz wracked by war.
The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the best-selling series that began with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises - the hallmarks of the unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.
©2011 Gregory Maguire (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
This final story of the series is more like the first in that the story moves right along. It also has more ties to the story we know from the Wizard of Oz movie. If you read the first three, then don't skip this one.
Out of Oz ranks with the rest of the Wicked series as like #5.
When Rayne is really revealed in all of her green glory as Elphaba's Grand-daughter.
When Rayne figures out that magic is just magic, but love and life are far greater!
Out of Oz...where do the possibilities end?
Mr. McDonough is the most execptional narrator! I love hearing his voice lend it's talent to such a wonderful work.
This one turned out better than I could have hoped. I particularly enjoyed the mixture of the mystical, ominous prose that the Wicked series is known for with a large amount of humor. Glinda and Dorothy, in particular, are always good for a chuckle, even a belly laugh or two.
It's very important to note here that John McDonough is a NATIONAL TREASURE, who brings this material to life in a way that few could, in my estimation. It remains a minor tragedy that he wasn't engaged to narrate Son of a Witch.
I feel like an awful traitor but I didn't really enjoy this. I loved Wicked so much and this series has spanned a big chunk of my life. Enjoyed Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men much less than Wicked, then this even less. I enjoy Maguire's writing (enjoyed his others like Mirror Mirror, etc) and the overall arc Of the series but I felt like I would have been just as well ending it at Wicked and not reading anything else - as far as resolution goess in the storylines I care about. After waiting for the end of the series for so long I had many expectations, and in fact I waited more than a year after publication to read this because I didn't want it to end/was dreading it would end unsatisfactorily. There are many beautiful reviews of this book but I was disappointed. After so many hours of listening to the seemingly endless travels across Oz and war strategy... And Dorothy (oh how I hate Dorothy)... so many hours that were just not interesting but I was holding out to hear how it ends. Don't want to get into spoilers but I also was disappointed in the resolution of some characters.
I can't listen to one more minute of the dwarf and his wife.
Again, I feel like a traitor for not liking this.
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