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Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2012
I really enjoyed Wicked, but the sequels have been not so good. The ongoing story is interesting, but it leaps wildly from character to character, from time to time, from place to place, and fails to tie it all together. We eventually learn something of the Cowardly Lion's history, but he's a miserable character, like many in these books. New characters come in and go out in a chapter and we never see them again. Lir and Candle of Book 2 are mentioned in passing, but we learn almost nothing more about them or Elphaba or much of anything else from the prior books. We are teased with a "guardian angel" that apparently was magically created by a mysterious wizard (not The Wizard) long ago to watch over Elphaba, but even she was mostly a failure, and vanishes in the end. It was interesting enough that I kept reading to the end, but in the end was disappointed. I'm not rushing to buy the next book.
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