Son of a Witch
by Gregory Maguire
Headline Review Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780755341566
Date: 03 April 2008 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
I remember being struck when I read Gregory Maguire's Wicked quite how bleak his vision of L.Frank Baum's Oz world was. This was not the sparkling, camp, all singing and dancing landscape I remembered from my childhood, but something altogether different. The success of that book and of the Broadway musical it spawned (which went a long way towards restoring that lost camp!) established Maguire as a reinterpretor and extrapolator of other people's stories and this is something he continues to do with admirable success.
Headline Review publish a mass market edition of Son of a Witch, Maguire's 2005 sequel to his novel Wicked.
"For everyone who fell under the WICKED spell...Back in the land of Oz, Gregory Maguire introduces 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, Liir is tended to at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by a 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 cape - but what of her powers? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enought to grow up?"