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. The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the extraordinary bestselling series begun with "Wicked," "Out of Oz" is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and ...
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. The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the extraordinary bestselling series begun with "Wicked," "Out of Oz" is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises--the hallmarks of the brilliant and unique imagination of Maguire.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-02-27 In the conclusion to Maguire's Wicked Years series, Glinda is put under house arrest, the Emerald City prepares to invade Munchkinland, and Elphaba's little granddaughter, Rain (not knowing her heritage and working as a lowly maid in Glinda's house) is just beginning to discover her powers. Meanwhile, back in Kansas, Dorothy is considered eccentric for insisting she visited Oz, and her aunt and uncle take her on a trip to distract her-that is until she finds her way back to that faraway magical land. John McDonough-who has narrated all of the audiobooks in the series-offers up a nuanced performance that showcases a deep understanding of Maguire's fantasy world and its inhabitants. He creates distinctive voices for each character and capably conveys the ironic spirit of the novel. And while listeners may find an adult male voicing the dialogue of a little girl somewhat jarring at first, McDonough performance is a natural, engaging one that makes the Land of Oz come to life. A Morrow hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-09-05 The final volume of Maguire's Wicked Years series finds Oz torn by war, and Shell Thropp, Elphaba's brother, as emperor. Munchkinland has seceded, and the Emerald City invades with the Ozian army to get it back. Glinda, former Throne Minister, is held under house arrest by General Cherrystone, who takes an interest in Rain, Glinda's broom girl, teaching her to read. He doesn't know that Rain is actually Liir's daughter and Elphaba's granddaughter, and the only one who can understand the infamous Grimmerie, supposedly a volume of magical lore, coveted by Oz. A troupe of traveling players arrive and secretly give the Grimmerie to Glinda, who distracts the soldiers long enough to send Rain off with Brrr (aka the Cowardly Lion). So begins a quest for Rain to discover her true identity and unravel the layers of political and personal secrets that have caused strife and division in Oz. Maguire's take on the trouble-prone Dorothy Gale is refreshing, and his Oz far darker, sadder, harsher, more complex, and convoluted than Baum's (which will make this hard to follow for readers unfamiliar with the series). The language and imagery are rich, and the sense of love, loss, and regret palpable. For fans, this will be a revealing and satisfying end to the layered tale begun in Wicked. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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