|A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, Book 3)|
By: Gregory Maguire
Amazon Price: $26.95
Sunday, October 26, 2008
A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
This third volume of the Wicked series left me feeling frustrated and flat. I love the works of Gregory Maguire and how he makes classic fairy tales and stories warped and complex. Unfortunately the Wicked series seems to keep going and going with no end in sight. In three books he hasn't even came close to completing the cycle of characters and plots. We are still searching for lost children and lost loves at the end of this installment. The stories of Elphaba, Lirr, and the Cowardly Lion Sir Brrr haven't even halfway completed. A lot of people don't like this series because they are very political books. Gregory Maguire tried to make the story of Oz and its inhabitants more realistic by making it political and in a way tawdry. While I normally like that kind of thing the politics get in the way more often than not. The whole series are worth reading just for the purpose of a different view of the Wicked Witch Elphaba, and for those musical buffs the book is COMPLETELY different than the fun loving musical Wicked. The books on a whole are very dark and compelling.