Monday, 21 November 2011

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Wicked 4: Out of Oz - Gregory Maguire

Release Date: 01/11/11


The marvellous 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. Amid all this chaos, Elphaba's granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now, Rain will take up her broom in an Oz wracked by war. Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises - the hallmarks of the brilliant and unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.


Having been upset with the series after the cracking opening of the first book, this last one in the quartet really picks up the pace and returns to the form that the fans came to love from the first outing. It has great characters, the plotline moves at a great pace and the reader is given a wonderful set of players to march alongside to cheer or book accordingly.

Add to this a wonderful story arc that will keep you glued, top notch dialogue and an expansion to the established which leaves the reader in no doubt as to the work that’s gone into the series to make this one the best yet. Finally add to this a good enough title to restore a certain amount of faith in Gregory and with luck, it lets the series go out with a huge explosion that has been demanded for quite some time. Cracking.

1 comment:

Danielle La Paglia said...

Glad to hear this. I loved Wicked, but did not enjoy Son of A Witch. I have A Lion Among Men, but have yet to crack it open. I guess I'll give it a go so I can move on to the wonderful final chapter.