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Out of Oz

Wicked Years

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The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times bestselling series the Wicked Years

Hailed as “bewitching,” “remarkable,” “extraordinary,” “engrossing,” “amazing,” and “delicious,” Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series—a sophisticated fantasy cycle inspired by the classic children’s novel The Wizard of Oz—became national bestsellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last. . . .

Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy.

Yet amidst all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war.

The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the bestselling series begun with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises—the hallmarks of the unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 05, 2011 – The final volume of Maguire s Wicked Years series finds Oz torn by war, and Shell Thropp, Elphaba s brother, as emperor. Munchkinland has seceded, and the Emerald City invades with the Ozian army to get it back. Glinda, former Throne Minister, is held under house arrest by General Cherrystone, who takes an interest in Rain, Glinda s broom girl, teaching her to read. He doesn t know that Rain is actually Liir s daughter and Elphaba s granddaughter, and the only one who can understand the infamous Grimmerie, supposedly a volume of magical lore, coveted by Oz. A troupe of traveling players arrive and secretly give the Grimmerie to Glinda, who distracts the soldiers long enough to send Rain off with Brrr (aka the Cowardly Lion). So begins a quest for Rain to discover her true identity and unravel the layers of political and personal secrets that have caused strife and division in Oz. Maguire s take on the trouble-prone Dorothy Gale is refreshing, and his Oz far darker, sadder, harsher, more complex, and convoluted than Baum s (which will make this hard to follow for readers unfamiliar with the series). The language and imagery are rich, and the sense of love, loss, and regret palpable. For fans, this will be a revealing and satisfying end to the layered tale begun in Wicked.

Customer Reviews


Worth the wait! An excellent addition to the series!

A great ending to a great series

This has been my favorite book series throughout the years, and I was definitely not disappointed by how the series ended.

Was it worth waiting for?

Frankly, I'm not so sure. I've read virtually all of McGuire's books, including the entire Wicked series, and truthfully, I was disappointed with how he chose to conclude this series. Entirely too much of the book consists of a narrative of characters merely wandering through Oz. Hundreds of pages of thick description of pointless travel which at times seemed more of a Fodor's of Oz rather than an apt conclusion of a four-book series. McGuire seems to deliberately avoid offering the reader any satisfaction. He reintroduces characters and concepts from the earlier books just to then suddenly change course from what would otherwise be an interesting and memorable moment. Instead, he will then toss the reader something abstract or overly descriptive in order to avoid what could be a worthwhile plot point. His characters, who undergo years of tribulations together, seem to be left without any connections whatsoever. Friendship, loyalty, appreciation for a fellow Ozian simply doesn't exist. Nobody remotely seems to like one another, or have any regard for the history that McGuire has woven for them. With the conclusion of any series, you would expect a touch of sentimentality. It's wholly absent from this book. The book seems to acknowledge that the entire series was a waste of time. If you find yourself very interested in Ozian politics, for some reason, enjoy this final book in the series, but if you were looking for gratification for plowing through three books of 'maybes' and 'what ifs', you are not going to find it here.

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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Nov 01, 2011
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 608 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Wicked Years
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