Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2013
As you probably already know, this third volume in Maguire's Wicked Years series focuses on the Cowardly Lion's life growing up as an Animal (Capital A indicates a talking animal, whereas a lower-case "a" indicates animals as we know them - mute in human language) in Oz's turbulent political atmosphere.

Here is what I liked about the book:

-We finally get to learn about Yackle, the mysterious oracle from the previous books, although this does raise more questions than it answers.

-There is a really interesting side story about the dwarf, the keeper of the Clock of the Time Dragon, and the mysterious girl in his company.

-The book sheds a bit more light on the events that occurred in Wicked and Son of a Witch, but don't expect too much illumination as to the fate of Liir and Candle in this volume.

-We get a little more detail about Dorothy's interactions in Maguire's version of Oz.

Here is what I disliked about the book:

-Brrr, the Cowardly Lion, is not a likeable character, much like Liir and Elphaba. A lot of his flaws are due to his naivety towards the world, which can be forgiven, but even after he gains some experience, he does some questionable, often selfish, things.

-Similar to the two previous books, nothing is really resolved in this book. Any answers we do get tend to create more questions. This may be because this is part 3 in a 4 book series, but as for this novel, do not expect any resolution.

In summary, I cannot recommend this book. Although there are some interesting parts, these are not worth the time reading the entire book. The book is slow-paced without any satisfying payoff.

Now onto "Out of Oz" (book 4) where hopefully we'll get some answers...
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