Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire....Review & Give Away!

I have been a Gregory Maguire fan for years so when Out of Oz showed up on my doorstep I did a little jig.  Maguire is, hands down, one of my very favorite authors.  I love all of his books, but the books from his Wicked series are my absolute favorites.  I was hooked with the first book Wicked.  I had the pleasure of hearing him speak and I was completely blown away by the imaginative way he thought.  Brilliance!  OK, I am gushing now.....sorry!  Here is the scoop on the final book from The Wicked Years....


Bestselling author Gregory Maguire’s remarkable series, The Wicked Years, comes full circle with this, his fourth and final excursion across a darker, richer, more complex landscape of “the magical land of Oz.” Out of Oz brilliantly reimagines L. Frank Baum’s world over the rainbow as wracked with social unrest—placing Glinda the good witch under house arrest and having the cowardly Lion on the lam from the law as the Emerald City prepares to make war on Munchkinland. Even Dorothy makes a triumphant return in Maguire’s magnificent Oz finale—tying up every loose green end of the series he began with his classic Wicked, the basis for the smash hit Broadway musical.


Book Description
Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular 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.
Yet amidst all this chaos, Elphaba's granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war.
The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the bestselling series begun with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises—the hallmarks of the unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

I could not put this book down.  I was deeply invested in the characters from books past so I could not wait to read what would happen next.  Once again, I was enchanted by Maguire's wizardry with words and his unparalleled imagination.  Maguire has a lyrical way of writing that enriches the story line without slowing it down.  I don't want to give too much of the plot away here but I will say I was delighted to see Dorothy Gale have a bigger story line in this book.  I also liked getting to know the character of Rain better.  Now, I will say the book left my wanting more.  And more.  And more.  This is not because the book did not end in a satisfying way but because I simply do not want this magical series of books to end.  Pick up one of my favorite books today on Amazon (if you have not already be sure to grab the entire series....you can thank me later!!)....


I am so pleased to tell you that one lucky RBM reader will win a copy of Out of Oz!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter.... a Rafflecopter giveaway

31 comments:

olygirl said...

I've never read any of the books, but I have friends who are huge followers, so maybe I'd better get onboard!

Hifam said...

I've read a few of his books and really enjoyed them. This would be a fun one to read.
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Carl Scott said...

I haven't read the books but in 2010 I worked on the tour of the musical Wicked when it was in my town so I know that one pretty well.

aLilLacey said...

I haven't but I'm intrigued!

Jules(: said...

I've read Wicked and it was great!

gail said...

i have not but would like to
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Lkay107 said...

I have never read his book, but this one sounds really interesting.

Stephanie said...

I have read and own Wicked, Son of a Witch, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and A Lion Among Men

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Nichole said...

I have never read one his books but this looks like a fun one!

Shelley said...

I don't believe I have read any of his books yet.

Mike Davis said...

mikewdavis57@yahoo.com---No--not as yet it maybe on my list--got to be checking

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Amy O said...

I have never read any of his books.

Debbie Marino said...

This sounds awesome!

Beth Larrabee said...

I have read and loved all of his books!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I have and I loved the ones I read!

michelle mcafee said...

I haven't read any yet but, I'm looking forward to it. ml_mcafee@yahoo.com

Teish said...

I have not, but I know my sister loves his books!

Miranda Gonzalez said...

I have never read any of his books, but I am looking forward to!

Dakarimom5 said...

I haven't read any of his books but this would make a great gift for my husband!

Heather Baker said...

I've read Wicked and the second one.. Son of a Witch, I think it was. I didn't realize there was a third one. Will have to find it and if I don't win this one - will def need to go and add this to the collection.

Brooke said...

I haven't read them yet, but I have Wicked right here waiting to be read :)

Stephanie said...

My daughter (12) has been a huge Wizard of Oz fan ever since she was little. She would LOVE this book.



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Renee Ruder said...

I've read Wicked, and have Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, but haven't read that yet

Marysa said...

I have "Wicked" but I never finished reading it. I would love this!

Marisa said...

To be honest with you, I have never read any of his books. The times I've looked for them at the library, they have always been checked out! I do know the setup of some of his books fairly well.

Sara McManaway said...

I loved WICKED!

I can't WAIT to read this!

I hope I win so I don't have to buy it!

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nichol said...

No, I've never read anything by this author

Lindsey said...

I have the Wicked book, and love it! I've also read Confessions of an Ugly Step-Sister. It was really good! Surprised me a lot!

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