Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz to introduce us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended to at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts. What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her capebut what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up? Discover the captivating tale that has taken fans of Wicked even deeper into the magical world of Oz.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the author of several best-selling adult novels, including Wicked, which was turned into a Broadway musical. His books for younger readers include the picture book Crabby Cratchitt, the novel The Good Liar, and the popular Hamlet Chronicles series. While writing Leaping Beauty, Mr. Maguire sadly became allergic to all creatures great and small. Now he lives in a house without pets, though he is the father of three happy, noisy small children to whom, at this writing, he has not yet developed allergies.
Praise for Son of a Witch…
“Maguire is full of storytelling brio . . . his Oz is meticulously drawn.”
-New York Times
“A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil.”
“Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come. . . . Thoroughly entertaining.”
“Maguire’s captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness.”
“As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be.”
For Wicked:“I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story.”
-—Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True
“Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit—that spot is well deserved.”