SON OF A WITCH: VOLUME 2 IN THE WICKED YEARS
ISBN# (10)0061119822/ (13) 9780061119828/ (10)0061714739/(13) 9780061714733 /(10)0060548932/ (13)9780060548933
September 30, 2008 Reprinted/Released first September 27, 2006
William Morrow (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Rating: 3 Cups
Liir was an urchin left behind, discovered by the Sisters when he was gravely ill. Bruised and practically left for dead, they took care of him, nursing him back to health. He is doubtful of his paternity as well as his maternity.
Elphaba Thropp has moods and silences a bit more hostile than holy. Many had wondered if the witch was Liir’s mother, and if her powers had transcended to him.
Liir was in bad shape when the nurses discovered his frail body, not long after Dorothy killed the witch. Many had thought him to be the son of the witch, Elphaba. As he begins to mend, he wishes he had a skill for language or could even message as Elphaba. When Dorothy does the witch in, she asks for the broom to take on her journey to Oz, as well as taking Liir along. The journey will be harsh with everyone watching their backs. As much as Liir was aware the Wizard’s armies would protect him and the others, he knows the Wizard of Oz could be a menace. With a mission to travel to Oz, and not really knowing if he was the son of Elphaba, Liir knows the main focus is to survive.
Son of a Witch carried this reader on a different level of fantasy journey to the Land of Oz, as Dorothy and her trio add another to the trip. The one thing I found most coherent throughout the whole story was the act of survival. With the witches powers, and spells, life was uneasy for many struggling to survive. I found it a task I would not wish to be in. Gregory Maguire spins a thought-provoking tale, where at times it was a bit difficult to figure out who was the good guy, and who the bad, leaving the reader on their toes. The diverse characters, with their different traits, make this story a journey that lives on.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More