Although my interest in Gregory Maguire’s OZ series has waned since I (tried to) read Book #3, A Lion Among Men, I am still going to recommend the final book in the series, Out of Oz, out this week. The story that started out sixteen years ago in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a book that reached bestseller-dom and was reimagined on stage as a Tony Award-winning musical, ends here, as we finally learn the fate of Oz. Here’s the book description from Goodreads:
“The marvelous 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.
The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the extraordinary bestselling series begun with Wicked, 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.”
I absolutely loved Wicked and Son of a Witch, and I have high hopes for the closing chapter of this imaginative series. If you have not experienced Maguire’s vision of the Land of Oz, you can catch up and read the entire series in one fell swoop. But please start at the beginning…