Son of A Witch

Son of A Witch

A Novel

Book - 2005 | 1st ed.
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The Wicked Years continue in Gregory Maguire's Son of a Witch --the heroic saga of the hapless yet determined young man who may or may not be the offspring of the fabled Wicked Witch of the West. A New York Times bestseller like its predecessor, the remarkable Wicked, Son of a Witch follows the boy Liir on his dark odyssey across an ingeniously re-imagined and nearly unrecognizable Land of Oz--a journey that will take him deep into the bowels of the EmeraldCity, lately abandoned by the Wizard, and into the jaws of dragons. At once a grim fairy tale and an uplifting adventure, Son of a Witch is a true wonder.

Publisher: New York : ReganBooks c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060548933
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: ix, 337 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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DBRL_KrisA May 03, 2018

This book was very confusing to begin with, and that confusion returned every so often. I read Wicked quite a while ago, so I assumed at least some of my confusion was because I'd forgotten what had happened in that book. But after reading a summary of the first book, I was still confused. And the more of Son of a Witch I read, the more I realized the confusion was because of the way the story is written. Maguire's characters don't know the whole story, so Maguire's readers don't either.
The first part of the book is written in an alternating third-person point of view, with several different storylines, and it's not until about a third of the way in, when these storylines start connecting, when we start really understanding what's going on. Add to that Liir's lack of interest in figuring out anything, or even just caring about anything, and it makes for slow going. He rarely actively pursues any course of action; instead, he kind of falls into different situations that kind of seem to accidentally lead him toward where he needs to go. As other reviewers have said, the actual real action doesn't start until the final third of the book.
Without spoiling the ending, there is very little resolution. Yes, Liir does end up helping some of the people/Animals he and others - I'm looking at you, Dorothy - had promised to help. But there are several major plot points left unresolved - I'm assuming to be written about in the next book.

Jun 11, 2017

This book was a beautiful followup to Wicked, the first third was especially exciting. However, I could have done without most of "The Service" chapters/years, I get that they were there to flesh out Liir's transformation but literally. nothing. happened. I almost gave up on the book entirely. I think more work could have gone into the events of the ending instead, which was unbelievably epic. This one also seemed a tad bit more wordy than the previous one, which was also wordy but more in a poetic way whereas this came off as pretentious in parts. All in all though a fitting and excellent tribute to the life of Elphaba, Liir truly is his mother's son, too kind for this world and misunderstood beyond reason (but mostly only by himself haha). Looking forward to A Lion Among Men!

Sep 04, 2014

Son of a Witch is the second novel in the Wicked Years trilogy (trilogy? series? I don't know yet). I liked Wicked well enough, but I felt that Son of a Witch was even better.

It tells the story of Liir, who is rather forgettable in the first novel, and the ups and downs of his coming of age. I won't lie- there are times in this book that I was yelling at him. And fewer times that I was cheering for him. But it all worked out in the end, which made me want to dive right into the third novel (A Lion Among Men) right away.

I love the continuing political commentary, this time on a more personal level regarding compliance vs subservience, piety as political tool, and the nature of truth. I definitely recommend this for anyone who read Wicked, whether they liked it or not. But you can also read it as a stand-alone without losing anything in the plot.

arsolarik Jul 07, 2014

These books are difficult to follow sometimes but the author does tell a good story. I was interested in "the other stories" or the different point of view from the beloved Wizard of Oz, this book does not disappoint.

Krull14 Aug 28, 2013

This book was excellent! Thought it was even better than Wicked!

Jul 26, 2013

I enjoyed Wicked, but the sequel was just painful to finish. The main character, Liir, is unlikable and never seems to develop at all.

Jul 02, 2013

This sequel to Wicked was every bit as good as the first book. I enjoyed escaping to Oz -- albeit a very different Oz than Judy Garland's! - this summer.

bluedog8422 Aug 08, 2012

Is Liir the son of the withc? Will the scarecrow rule OZ?

Jun 07, 2012

2 of 4 books

Jun 04, 2012

This book was pretty good but it started off a little slow. The last 100 pages got good though and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

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