Apparently my blog is turning into Oprah's book club!
My mom surprised me with "Son of a Witch" on Saturday afternoon. The book is the sequel to "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" and the second in the "The Wicked Years" penned by Gregory Maguire.
"Ten years after the publication of Wicked, bestselling novelist Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz to follow the story of Liir, the adolescent boy left hiding in the shadows of the castle when Dorothy did in the Witch."
"Son of a Witch" picks up directly after the events in "Wicked" following the story of Liir, the unclear son of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. The book chronicles Liir's journey from adolescence to adulthood and his attempt to find his place and way in the land of Oz. Liir transforms from a fearful boy with a feeling of no purpose into a strong adult who eventually, through wicked and goodness, can answer the question of who he is.
I couldn't put the book down, much like "Wicked" before it. Maguire is masterful at weaving a new story in a place we already know so well. Many critics found his second venture into the land of Oz uneven and no where near the level of "Wicked". Even fans of "Wicked" are split on the second entry. I couldn't disagree more. I found the book every bit as engaging as "Wicked" with previous and new themes to explore, most notably the struggle of commitment to oneself and to their community. Again the story to me is both heroic and tragic. The last chapter alone left me feeling heartbroken and triumphant at the same time for our hero Liir.
I'm officially hooked to this retold land of Oz. I'll purchase "A Lion Among Men" before the week is out.