Son of a Witch (Mass Market Paperbound)
In this captivating New York Times bestseller, beloved author Gregory Maguire returns to the land ofOz and 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. At the Cloister of Saint Glinda the silent novice Candle tends to him, willing him back to life with her unusual 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 half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? 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 the rich reward they have awaited so long.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror;and the Wicked Years, a series that includesWicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, andOut of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wickedis the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
Douglas Smith is Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dr. Smith's fields of interest include Combinatorics / Design Theory (Team Tournaments, Latin Squares, and applications), Mathematical Logic, Set Theory, and Collegiate Mathematics Education.
“Maguire is full of storytelling brio . . . his Oz is meticulously drawn.”
-New York Times
“A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil.”
“Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come. . . . Thoroughly entertaining.”
“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.”
For Wicked:“I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story.”
-—Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True
“Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit—that spot is well deserved.”