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 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.
Hows this possible?
The dark tower. You wait for years for the series you grew attached to to end. Everyone has faults by the end of it, everyone is a slight anti-hero, and you are sad to bid them all a farwell.
Yes. Gregory Maguire has created the world within the original story of Oz. Wonderfully detailed descriptions which creates a very long story. Although some of the unnecessary details could have been cut and still have the same outcome to be shorter version.
no it is way too long to listen to in one sittnig.
Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!
I love McGuire's descriptive writing. Hearing the audiobook just enhanced the imagery for me.
He did an excellent job of bringing to life the descriptive writing of McGuire while also giving life and voice to the characters.
An avid reader living in NY.
I recommend that if you read them, you read them in order. The main characture in this book is every bit of a strong female characture as Elphaba in the first book. Its so rich in imagination. It has a great ending. Its bittersweet that it had to come to an end.
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 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.
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