Son of a Witch

Son of a Witch Liir hid in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch Left for dead in a gully the teen is shattered in spirit and body But silent novice Candle tends him at the Cloister of Saint Glin

  • Title: Son of a Witch
  • Author: Gregory Maguire
  • ISBN: 9780061714733
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Liir hid in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch Left for dead in a gully, the teen is shattered in spirit and body But silent novice Candle tends him at the Cloister of Saint Glinda, and wills him back to life with her music 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 powerLiir hid in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch Left for dead in a gully, the teen is shattered in spirit and body But silent novice Candle tends him at the Cloister of Saint Glinda, and wills him back to life with her music 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 Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess In an Oz under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up

    689 Comment

    • Danii Goldstein says:

      I've read a lot of reviews for this book and most people seemed to hate it. You will notice, however, that I gave this book five stars.To those who hated it, I say this: I see what your problems are.The story is badly paced (most of the 'action' happens in the last third), the reader spends most of the time being confused as to what's going on (while it is a third person narrative, it is limited third person), some of the characters seemed half-drawn, the narrative is very disconnected (occasion [...]

    • Marcie says:

      This book was so satisfying. Liir, son of Elphaba, comes into his own and after 266 pages, he begins to do incredible things to help other people, lead, unite, take the helm of his mother’s legacy. And it’s so realistic because he does it while still in a state of confusion and self-doubt, obstacles he never really overcomes (neither did Elphaba really). I love how everyone says to him “if only Elphaba was here to see this…” The Bird Congress aka Witch Nation (charged by Liir to be the [...]

    • Jason Koivu says:

      I love the Wicked series books for the fact that apparently they are "NOTHING LIKE THE PLAY!" to the point that it angers fans of the stage version. If you have time, read some of the one-star reviews for the first book (/book/show/37). It's hilarious how mad these people get. It's like they've been betrayed, tricked into reading this divergence from their beloved baby. Since the play is based on the book, shouldn't they be upset at the play for switching things up and muddling their grey matter [...]

    • Karen Germain says:

      I've read a lot of terrible books, but this one possibly wins the distinction of being the worst book that I have ever read. It was awful. An explanation.I liked Wicked and I have read all of Maguire's other books. Every time a new Maguire book came out, I read it and they seemed to progressively go downhill. I didn't expect Son of s Witch to be very good, but I wanted to give it a chance.The only reason that this book was possibly written, is due to the success of the stage musical of Wicked. I [...]

    • Steve says:

      I made a mistake reading this book. I should have known from the ending of Wicked that it wouldn't get much better. But I held out hope. My hope was that "well, maybe the ending I didn't get in Wicked, I'll get here, and maybe that was the plan all along, to fully revise things in a sequel, as that would be more the author's OWN and he'd be less pigeon-holed."Alas, that wasn't the case.Again, 98% of this book is a great read. But the two main problems I had with the first book are the problems I [...]

    • Becky says:

      As much as I liked Wicked, I had an inkling I was going to like Son of a Witch even better, especially given the beginning, with the spate of senseless "scrapings" and the discovery of the unconscious boy, who turns out to be Liir, the book's protagonist and the potential son of the Wicked Witch of the West.The beginning was indeed good. Engaging. I especially enjoyed the brief time Liir spent with the Yellow Brick Road friends from The Wizard of Oz. I'm a huge WoO nut, but I didn't have any pro [...]

    • Dayna says:

      "Wicked" kind of annoyed me from time to time inspite of the fact that I loved reading Elphaba's story. If that book fell a little short then this book (the sequel) completely misses the mark. Maguire did okay when he was writing on the basis of someone else's work but here on his own he flounders. Whatever it was that did not sit well with me from "Wicked" is found tenfold in the pages of "Son of a Witch." At first I thought that it was just Maguire's take on bits of Baum's original story th [...]

    • Shelly Rae Rich says:

      I'm not sure why this has an average of 3.32. It's a great entertaining and thought-provoking book. Maybe I'm prejudiced toward GM, but I loved it, and think it came to its inevitable conclusion. Can't wait for the next (which goes into Mother Yackle if anyone's following the series - he read a bit at last year's Grub Street conference).I just looked at some of the other reviews and disagree on so many levels. The kinship of Elphaba and Liir is demonstrated quite well through his behavior and to [...]

    • Julia says:

      I am angry at Gregory Maguire. (This will excuse the poor grammar and run-on sentences that may follow.) Very angry. Maguire writes books that are impossible to read; as such, I opted to listen to Son of a Witch on tape after failing to get past the 1st few chapters on more than one occasion. As it turns out, Maguire's books are equally difficult to listen to, especially when the audio reader is the author himself.Although I am now questioning my previous opinion, I had it in my mind that Wicked [...]

    • flajol says:

      I really enjoyed Son of a Witch, despite the feeling that it’s just an interlude in a larger story. With Wicked, I had lots of preconceptions about the characters, and whilst I liked the slant on them that the book provided, I suppose it did get in the way a bit. With Son of a Witch, I didn’t have those same obstacles to get past.I enjoyed finding out more about Liir. I felt he was shabbily treated in Wicked, so it was interesting to follow his development here. I did want to shout at him a [...]

    • Ezequiel Dantas says:

      Deliciosamente bem escrito, assim como Wicked.

    • Nathaniel says:

      Jeez, and I thoughtWickedwas bad.Wickedmostly stole freely from Baum's universe in a way that lacked both respect and imagination, and still managed to be little more than a trite exercise in politically correct stupidity. Give this man the chance to write a plot of his own, and the results are twice as insufferably vain and, well, lacking in actual content. Despite Maguire's extremely poor writing style,Wickedcould at least prop itself up on the familiarity of Baum's characters, but now that we [...]

    • Sarah says:

      Talk about a book that goes nowhere! I readSon of a Witch because I had readMirror MirrorandWicked . I really likedMirror Mirror --it was a very creative and interesting reimagining of Snow White. I enjoyedWicked considerably less, but it held some interest until the end. It had a lot more bizarre elements (like the wicked witch of the east having no arms) and a rambling plot. But Elphaba (the wicked witch of the west) was an interesting character throughout the novel. Son of a Witch however, ha [...]

    • Fizzgig76 says:

      Liir sets out on his own after the fall of the Witch to find his possible half-sister Nod and find that Oz is in political change with the departure of the Wizard. Son of a Witch isn't great book (I would consider Wicked a great book), but it isn't bad. The problem with Son of a Witch is that it feels like filler to a bigger story. It does touch upon some of the questions left over from Wicked (despite now being a "series", I don't think Wicked was intended to be anything but a stand alone novel [...]

    • Cielo says:

      I really liked wicked, but for some reason I didn't like son of a witch all that much. Liir is pretty much the complete opposite of what elphaba was, at least in the beginning of the book. He's religious, timid, signs up for the military, and although it's pretty clear he's doing this to try to figure out who he is,, I didn't like him all that much. A few questions are answered at the end of the book, but throughout the book you had so many more questions that it hardly mattered. Kind of I disap [...]

    • RavenclawReadingRoom says:

      2.5 stars. Probably the best way to describe this book is disjointed. The pacing is pretty terrible, it's hard to get to know the characters because the story's not told in chronological order, the ending was an anticlimax, and so much of it was just Liir trekking all over freaking Oz that it reached the point where I just didn't give a crap any more. Basically, this was 500 pages of a just-okay story, and I'm really not entirely sure why I bothered to finish it because I was ambivalent towards [...]

    • Sara says:

      I love the Oz universe, but I don't really like Maguire's style. But for some reason I've read this damn book 2 times.

    • Baal Of says:

      I can usually power my way through any book, especially fiction, but as much as it galls me to do so, I'm giving up on this fucker right here. I started this book 10 days ago, and I'm only 120 pages in, which is an indication of how little I'm enjoying it. in fact, the further I got in, the more I dreaded picking it up, and the more I wished I was reading something else. Absolutely fucking anything else. Liir is one of the least interesting main characters ever. I don't hate this character, and [...]

    • Sheri says:

      Son of a Witch is the story of how Liir (the Witch’s son), lived his life after the Witch’s death in an Oz that is under new leadership now that the Wizard is gone. The story opens with Liir as an adult in a comatose state, and then flashes back to different points in his life. While a novice named Candle attempts to sing him back to life, we get to hear about his brief time with Dorothy, his quest to find his half sister Nor, and his experiences in the military, all the while wondering why [...]

    • Nadine says:

      I agree with some of the reviews that say the story was promising and had potential to go many places, and then fell flat. I realized that half way through the book, not a lot had happened, and I could tell that the pace wouldn't be picking up. After finishing the book, I realized that this book is merely the part 2 of the Wicked Trilogy- it was merely a segway to the next book. None of the mysteries were solved, though there were traces throughout the book that it would come much much later. Th [...]

    • Andrew says:

      This book is about The Wicked Witch of the West's alleged son, Liir. Liir was a boring character, but if you were going to write a sequel to Wicked, I guess you had to start somewhere. I mildly enjoyed the book because it featured reprisals of such characters as Glinda, Princess Nastoya, Nanny, and others from Wicked, including Shell who was only talked about in Wicked. The story, however, was rambly and boring. I wouldn't have gone on reading it if I didn't simply want to know where Gregory Mag [...]

    • Azumi says:

      Me ha gustado mucho, Liir es uno de esos personajes que no se olvidan, aunque el final me hubiese gustado que fuera más cerrado. Eso sí Liir encuentra, justo en la última frase del libro, la respuesta a las dos preguntas que se hace a lo largo de toda la historia.Wicked me lo leí hace unos 4 años y le puse en 3 estrellas, me estoy replanteándo releerlo ya que seguro que la valoración sería más elevada.Me sabe mal ya que los otros dos libros de la serie que faltan, creo que no han llega [...]

    • Sara says:

      I had to keep my Elphaba fix going. This is the second book of the Wicked series and is centered around Liir, a character from Wicked.This still did not tie up any loose ends. The first book left a very frayed rope. I was already warned from a friend when I started Son of a Witch that I would still be left with quite a few questions and very few answers which, of course, means that I have to move on to book 3.The book was an easy read and I read it quickly. New characters are introduced and ther [...]

    • Christy says:

      Well written, a solid sequal, but for me a bit of a disappointment. Liir, the "son of a witch" is carrying on after Fabala's death and quite frankly, I expected more of him. The Green Witch remained magical despite Maguire's literary attempts to humanize her and the World of Oz. Or rather, I should say, his attempts to display Oz for a world beyond the everyday transactions of school, politics and relationships. Magic was uncommon but practiced, and in Fabala's case it was inherent. I guess I ho [...]

    • Liv (Оља) says:

      I remember reading this book when I was 11 and being highly disturbed by it. It's one of the books I remember quite vividly even now and it kinda stuck with me my whole life, but in a very bad way. I'm still debating whether I should try reading the whole series now that I'm mature enough for it (and have obviously read my fair share of creepy and disgusting books). The fact that this is a second book in a series where I had not even known the first book existed in the time reading it might also [...]

    • Geej0e says:

      A few words about Son of a WitchAstounding, thoughtful, noteworthy, innovativeThese are just some words to describe Son of a Witch.When I first read Wicked, I was genuinely in awe. Now almost a year later, I am glad to have my mouth gaping open and my brain racing once again. Even if the Wicked Years is a fictional series, Wicked and Son of a Witch have conveyed messages in such a way that no nonfiction book can. Literature makes this plainly clear. Why otherwise are morals taught and messages c [...]

    • Kelsie says:

      "A glowing organ, like the illuminated heart of Oz itself pushed through the flesh of the land, pulsing with its own life, tricked out with monuments, defaced with graffiti of broken trees, the Palace of the Wizard a cancer upon landscape, the dead center of it all" This book definitely has a lot of mixed opinions. Overall the story and plot is a 3-star rating. Maguire doesn't have the same structure and plot as he does in 'Wicked'; however this is because we aren't seeing a different side of th [...]

    • Misskaktus says:

      It is really hard to compare Wicked and Son of a Witch due to so many differences. Elphaba was born with certain character while Liirs birth is still some kind of mistery and his character was close to non-existent in the first book.I gave Son of a Witch 3.5 stars because it was quite good way of making Liir his own history. We learn how he tried find his voice, something he could do on his own and consequences of his trials.Meanwhile we could witness all political and religious changes that wer [...]

    • Yael says:

      In the years after she attended school at Shiz Univesity, Elphaba Thropp, a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West, whose tragic life and death were chronicled in Wicked, had a lover, Prince Fiyero of the Vinkus, the land lying west of the Emerald City. Fiyero was abducted and murdered by Gale Force officers, shock troops of the Wizard of Oz. Pregnant with Fiyero's child, Elphaba fled for sanctuary to the Mauntery of St. Glinda just outside Shiz, where she fell into a months-long coma. Upon her recov [...]

    • Lauren says:

      Really liked this book and found it an easier read than the Wicked book itself. Didn't really enjoy the chapter about his time as a soldier as not really my interest but really liked the rest. Love delving more into Oz's history and getting to know the characters more, glad that some of the previous people in Wicked were in this one and you got to know new things about them aswell. Plus I loved the ending which I won't divulge but didnt see it coming which is always a bonus

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