Out of Oz
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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
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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.