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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: Gregory Maguire Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wicked Years Release Date:
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The beloved sequel to the million-copy bestselling novel Wicked

Beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he 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 in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended 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 cape—but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? 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?

For the countless fans who have been dazzled and entranced by Maguire’s Oz, Son of a Witch is a rich reward.

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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.”


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

    Entertainment Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Kristin Johnson | 2/8/2014

    " This was also a mistake to read. "

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