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...