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A Lion Among Men - Gregory Maguire, Douglas Smith
A Lion Among Men
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"Hardly more than a kitten . . . I had thought to call it Prrr, but it shivers more often than it purrs, so I call it Brrr instead."—From WickedSince Wicked was first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with... show more
"Hardly more than a kitten . . . I had thought to call it Prrr, but it shivers more often than it purrs, so I call it Brrr instead."—From WickedSince Wicked was first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion—the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in Wicked.While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. As payment, Yackle, who hovered on the sidelines of Elphaba's life, demands some answers of her own. Brrr surrenders his story to the ailing maunt: Abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his path from infancy in the Great Gillikin Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, and falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.A Lion Among Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City's approaching armies. What does the Lion know of the whereabouts of the Witch's boy, Liir? What can Yackle reveal about the auguries of the Clock of the Time Dragon? And what of the Grimmerie, the magic book that vanished as quickly as Elphaba? Is destiny ever arbitrary? Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets—cowardly, wicked, brainless, criminally earnest—to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before they're skinned alive?At once a portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire's new novel is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780060548926 (0060548924)
ASIN: 60548924
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 309
Edition language: English
Series: The Wicked Years (#3)
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Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
4.0
This is the story of Brr, the Cowardly Lion ... who, having been sent on a mission to interview Mother Yackle about the Wicked Witch's Grimmerie, is finding out more about himself than about the book.As with Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Maguire demonstrates his fondnes...
StaceyHH
StaceyHH rated it
I love Maguire's style and use of language. As he writes, I can hear his voice narrating and performing (which is why I won't spoil it with the audiobook, Maguire himself is a wonderful performer, and it was a delight to see him in person.) Lion is not as compelling as the previous two books, but ga...
Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
4.0 A Lion Among Men
In the third book of The Wicked Years series, we learn the story of Brrr, better known as the Cowardly Lion. Told mainly in retrospect, as he remembers his past, we get an interesting look at the Cowardly Lion, mainly a bit player in the life of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. He made many ...
BookHounds
BookHounds rated it
Another good book that leaves an opening for another sequel. This did tie up lose ends for the Wicked Witch and gave a little more insight to Dorothy. I think we need the Wizard's point of view next.
Merle
Merle rated it
As the third book in a series, A Lion Among Men is a bad book: its timeline is mostly contemporaneous with the previous two books and it fails to appreciably move the overall plot forward; Liir and company from the previous book don’t even appear in this one. Thinking of it as a companion book inste...
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