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
I missed Trism, I missed the relationship between Lir and Trism, it to me, seemed like the only relationship that seemed true. Thus to have him back and to meet up with Lir was wonderful.
Oz gives me a sense of pretentious regal-ness, McDonugh's accent really helps me to illustrate this.
The ending was jaw dropping. I was left with... "That's it?" If this is truly the last book of the dark years, then there should be another, beginning with the light years or something. It ended just as it began; depressing, cold, melodramatic cliff-hanger.
If you have limited time to read, listening can be done in the car, on breaks, or at home.
No. This is not the way I would have ended the Wicked Series. It was a let down. Not up to McQuires work.
I liked how he captured the lion.
My reactions were limited. I did laugh at times. Funny one liners.
This book is a must for series listeners. It is also a big let down to series fans. Too bad. Perhaps the next time, the author will consider where he will end, when he begins.
Not on it's own, no. I think this is a nice wrap up to the wicked series, though I can't help but feel sad at the end, because Rain's life was so lonely and depressing, and then just when it looks like she might have a chance at happiness it gets taken away from her.
The long journeys got a little boring, and I pretty much hate Dorothy the whole time. The very VERY vague allusion that Elphaba returned was the most interesting thing to me.
I mostly listened to this book because I had read the 3 previous books.
Grizzly by comparison to the people.
Just a little autistic zombie girl.
I would listen to Out of Oz again. The reader is very entertaining. I enjoyed his voice and loved following this story to it's next level.
These stories are well written and follow all the past story lines up.
I really liked the scenes with the tick tock clock and Dorothy's court room scene.
I didn't find it difficult to listen to this in hour long chunks while I was traveling for work. It's very complex, though and could be difficult to follow in several chunks if you don't have a good memory for the story. I did have to go back a little sometimes after I had put it down for a few days in between listens.
I'm not really sure I could find someone who would enjoy this rambling mess.
I'm not really sure there was a story here. I listened to it, and when done, I just don't rurally understand what the story was suppose to be anyway. The first book was awesome, but the next three have gotten progressively worse. I continued listening to this book in hopes that it would be redeeming at some point, but alas I was sadly disappointed.
Performance is fine, it was the story that was just awful.
This book sparked disappointment and confusion as to what exactly the story was.
Don't waste your time with this book. In the end, it is just a rambling mess of nothing.
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
I loved the other books in the Wicked series, however this one felt out of place and a bit too long. At times it felt a bit too wordy and descriptive.
But I stuck it out since I wanted to know how the story ended. The ending was lack luster and ultimately I could have done without this installment.
If you really want to know how the Wicked series ends read it. However its not really exciting.
The narration itself was great though.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
War Rain Peace
The bringing together of all the characters from the four books for a satisfying conclusion.
Bringing Liir back from the dead.
Would have loved to, but too long to do it! However, I did stay up quite late on the last night. Had to see how it ended!
The author wants his readers to draw their own conclusions, like always. At first I was unsure of the ending, but thinking it over now I love it. (The last sentence in the book is eerily similar to the first sentence in Wicked).
Readers should look for sly references to the musical, Judy Garland, The Wiz and of course the previous books. There are also some fun asides to Gone With The Wind which was also produced in 1939.
After part three I began listening in shorter segments as I did not want the book to end and I knew it would not be finished in a tidy manner. It was not as life is not. One of the reviewers said that Elphaba's fate was known at the last page. I did not catch it at any rate and that adds to my sense of frustration. Gregory Maguire's writing is so tart and he catches the characters to my liking at any rate. By book Four many of them are my friends and I care for their well being. The narrator is perfection. I hope the untied strings means Gregory Maguire will come back add a few more books. Please do not let this be the last one in this series.
They keep you guessing all the way to the end if Elphaba is alive or dead. The one person who knows the truth won't tell you until the last page.
The Tin Man where it's a similar story line in that the leaders are removed and decades later they come back.
I would liked to have seen Rain trained by the time we saw her instead of where she was. I thought they would have her ready to war with Uncle, not just beginning to learn. I would liked to have had the story with Liir leading a resistance instead of doing what he did.
If you've read all the rest of the series then you need to read this one. Not a bad closure to the series.
I have enjoyed all the other books in the
He is good at all of them
It was better to listen to than read, at least the reader is entertaining.
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