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Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: Gregory Maguire Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Wicked Years Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780061124891
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The Wicked Years continue in Gregory Maguire’s Son of a Witch—the heroic saga of the hapless yet determined young man who may or may not be the offspring of the fabled Wicked Witch of the West. A New York Times bestseller like its predecessor, the remarkable Wicked, Son of a Witch follows the boy Liir on his dark odyssey across an ingeniously re-imagined and nearly unrecognizable Land of Oz—a journey that will take him deep into the bowels of the Emerald City, lately abandoned by the Wizard, and into the jaws of dragons. At once a grim fairy tale and an uplifting adventure, Son of a Witch is a true wonder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maguire clearly feels most comfortable when inventing freehand, and most of his novel is set after the original Oz story ends. Dorothy’s presence in the text causes difficulties. She belongs too frankly in someone else’s fairy tale; her arrival strains Maguire's own confident production in an unhappy way…Once he’s freed himself from Baum’s tenacious apron strings, Maguire begins to enjoy himself, and the story picks up.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Maguire is full of storytelling brio…his Oz is meticulously drawn.”

    New York times

  • “Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come…Thoroughly entertaining.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Maguire’s captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness.”

    People

  • “As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darol | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this book because it gave me what I was looking for, a chance to revisit Maguire's Land of Oz. Well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 2/14/2014

    " As with Wicked, I couldn't put this down....I kept wanting Elphie to show up... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/10/2014

    " Hmmm... Not the best book I've ever read. Quite violent in parts. Just okay in others. I hear Wicked is much better, so I might try it. Still not sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 2/8/2014

    " This was also a mistake to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannette | 2/4/2014

    " The audiobook reader was great with the voices of the characters, and emphasis on the emotions of each character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oneuvakind | 2/2/2014

    " I found Liir to be quite boring. It was ok to get his perspective of things but it didnt really tell me much that I even wanted to know. Or maybe I just missed Elphie and the first book so much =) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Davytron | 1/28/2014

    " This book was probably the worst I've ever had the displeasure of reading. GODS this book is boring. Boring boring boring boring boring. Overall, I thought it was a little too boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jmnstars | 1/28/2014

    " This book would have been hard to understand if you didnt read Wicked. I really enjoy the writing style of Maguire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leighanne | 1/26/2014

    " This book is very slow to start but once it gets going (oh say 200-300 pages in) it gets going. Like Wicked, several plot questions are left hanging but there are two more books published to answer some of those questions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jordan | 1/20/2014

    " This was a struggle to get through but I pushed through hoping to discover the point of this book and some kind of semblence of a plot. Alas, that never happened. Worse book I have read in a LONG time and I read all of the Twilight series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/6/2014

    " Not as good as Wicked, but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/27/2013

    " I was somewhat disappointed by the ending but otherwise it was a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 11/19/2013

    " Not as good as Wicked, which made me cry, but still a pretty awesome exploration of the world and its psychology and politics. Worth a read, for sure. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Echo | 10/27/2013

    " This is the only book I've ever read that made me angry that I wasted my time reading it. I haven't been able to read anymore of his books after this, in my opinion, epic failure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 9/25/2013

    " Even better than the first book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/10/2013

    " The follow up to Wicked, is every bit as good as the first one! In this book, we find out that Elphaba had a great love of her life, & a secret love child! How interesting! This is his story, & his search for his mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 9/2/2013

    " Great. Really great. Well written and cerebral. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelley | 9/2/2013

    " This book is very slow and just when it starts picking up, like things are about to happen, it ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabina | 6/9/2013

    " Just as mediocre as the book before it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tri-reader | 5/7/2013

    " I gave up listening to this book. I got through about an hour of listening and it wasn't grabbing my attention. Upon reading reviews on Amazon I decided it wasn't the book for me. Fortunately I checked it out of the library so I didn't waste $$ on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esteban | 10/4/2012

    " Same as the first one, slow, deep, but very interesting at the end. Love the final "upgrades" of Liir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russeller | 8/9/2012

    " A difficult but imaginative read. I'm still a bit confused about parts of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/23/2012

    " Great sequel to Wicked, I really enjoyed the story. I'm also glad I had A Lion Among Men on hand to read next. I am hoping for some closure to the Wicked trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaqui | 4/19/2012

    " The story of Elphaba's son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miche | 3/19/2012

    " I loved it. Such a beautiful ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/11/2012

    " "Son of a Witch" is a wickedly delightful book and a sequel most deserving of a sequel. I especially loved the ending and actually tittered when I read it. Maguire simply cannot stop here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 10/20/2011

    " A little leaven in the stack of Serious Books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 9/28/2011

    " i could not get through this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 9/27/2011

    " I can't decide if I like these stories based on the Wizard of Oz or not. Wicked was interesting, graphic, but overall, mostly depressing. This subsequent book did not really change any of those features, so still depressing and detailed in weird things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 5/18/2011

    " Really liked this book! Much better than the Lion one. Love the atmosphere and placement of the story in Oz. The characters are also great. The story ends at a possible new beginning. Maybe another book will continue the story - I hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carie | 5/17/2011

    " I read this first, and enjoyed it more than Wicked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jordan | 5/4/2011

    " This was a struggle to get through but I pushed through hoping to discover the point of this book and some kind of semblence of a plot. Alas, that never happened. Worse book I have read in a LONG time and I read all of the Twilight series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breanna | 5/3/2011

    " I enjoyed this book immensely. However, I did feel that the homosexual element toward the end was completely unnecessary. I am not homophobic, or anti-homosexual, it's just that it didn't add to the story at all. In fact, it's pointlessness was distracting. Other than that, it was a GREAT read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leann | 4/27/2011

    " Not as good as Wicked, but still worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sammy | 4/24/2011

    " This book left way too many loose endings. Other than that, a pretty good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rod | 4/19/2011

    " I kept asking myself as I ploughed through this book -- why am I still reading this? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 4/14/2011

    " The continuation of the story was almost better than the first. "

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Years series—Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, Son of a WitchA Lion among Men, and Out of Oz—among several other novels. He has also written more than a dozen novels for children. His work for both adults and children has been published abroad in England, Ireland, and Australia, and various works have been purchased for translation into French, German, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, he makes his home in Massachusetts.