Out of Oz (Wicked Years Series #4)

Out of Oz (Wicked Years Series #4)

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Overview

“Maguire’s work is melodic, symphonic, and beautiful; it is dejected and biting and brave. How great that people flock to these magical novels.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062193933
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: Wicked Years Series , #4
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 807,402
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 2.60(d)

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is 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.

Hometown:

Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 9, 1954

Place of Birth:

Albany, New York

Education:

B.A., SUNY at Albany, 1976; M.A., Simmons College, 1978; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1990

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Out of Oz

The Final Volume in the Wicked Years
By Gregory Maguire

William Morrow

Copyright © 2011 Gregory Maguire
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060548940


Chapter One

One of her earliest memories. Maybe her first, it was hard to tell, time
was unstable then. Swimming through grass that came up as high as
her underarms. Or it may have been new grain not yet roughened by summer.
Late spring, probably. Her chin stroked by paintbrush tips of green.
Sunk in the world, unable to feel anything but the magic of it. Unable
to take part.
The field was as wide as the sky, while she was so low that she couldn't
see over horizons of any sort. At a small clearing where (she later realized) a
farmer's cart or plow might turn around, she came upon the skin of a mouse
in the cropped and daisied grass.
The mouse pelt was still soft and almost warm. Supple, not leathery. As
if some snake or owl had caught the creature and eaten it through a seam,
blood and bones and little liver and all, but had tossed aside, nearly in one
piece, the furry husk.
She had picked it up and dressed her forefinger with it, becoming Mouse.
Quickening into Mouse. It had made her feel foreign to herself, and real.
Realer. Then the feeling overwhelmed her and with a cry she shuddered the
Mouse-shuck off her, away.
It disappeared into the grain. Immediately she loathed herself for
cowardice and the loss of a magic thing, and she hunted for it until the memory
had hardened into a notion of stupidity and regret.
She kept the memory and suffered the longing but never again was so
real a Mouse, not for her whole life.

(Continues...)



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Out of Oz 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
vickytren More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of this series and wasn't disappointed with the fourth book. Great read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Oz Emperor Shell Thropp, brother to the late Wicked Witch of the West Elphaba, sends his Oz army to put down the rebellious break away in Munchkinland. To insure no bewitching interference, General Cherrystone arrests former Throne Minister Glinda. However, while he keeps Glinda incarcerated in her house, the General finds the good witch's broom girl Rain fascinating and begins to teach the child to read. He fails to recognize that his student is the granddaughter of Elphaba and the only person breathing who can comprehend the Grimmerie magical lore tome. A performing troupe gives the Grimmerie to Glinda for safekeeping. She has her friend Brrr the Cowardly Lion escort Rain on an identity quest. However, Glinda remains concerned over the well-being of the people of Oz as Dorothy of Kansas is back and everyone knows the singing and dancing Cornhusker irritant is a trouble magnet. The final "Wicked Years" Oz fantasy (see Wicked, Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men) is a great finish to a strong saga as spin maestro Gregory Maguire deftly twists L. Frank Baum's classic novels in brilliant unexpected but logical extrapolations. The story line is fast-paced, but it is the deep look at the cast that makes the tale work; for instance everyone knows ultra optimist Dorothy is a plague with every rosy colored step she takes disaster walks with her. Readers will relish this saga as Mr. Maguire exposes the rest of the story. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this installment but the ending of this book felt a little rushed. I recommend the series to everyone, though. I hope the teaser in this book means that this reallty isn't the end of our journey through Oz. C'mon, Gregory! Surely there are some Oz character backstories in you. How about a set of prequels taking place before the Wizard's reign?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maguire has written his best book since Wicked! Reading Out of Oz is like revisiting old friends and catching up on all the news. Glinda, Liir, Brrr, Candle, the maunts, dragons and soldiers--all are here and as wonderful and distinct as we remember them. It was sheer pleasure travelling with these characters through Oz, even though Oz is changed--in the middle of a civil war and near-martial law. If you loved Wicked, Out of Oz will not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice way to end the series after a horrible 3rd book. Text is dense and sometimes hard to follow, but gives the fans what they've been wanting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED, LOVED Wicked!! I read all of the series and was excited to read the end. Very disappointing. Story dragged, and the new characters didn't come to life as in the other books. Good ending, but the book really could have been written about 150 pages rather than 500. In my opinion, it was a waste of my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless you have a more sophisticated Nook, you should get this as a book that has at least one map so that you can mark the journey. I love this series, but I had a hard time keeping straight where they were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this because of the first of Maguire's, Wicked series. The first novel of the series was outstanding. This was due to the many strong characters as reimagined by Gregory Maguire. None of them, only Glinda and Brr, are in this novel. I was unable to care about the newer characters or to be interested in the plot. This is despite having read L Frank Baum's original Oz book. This book is not a stand alone. It helps to read the first three books before this one. As for the ending, it was more of a ...meh. Gregory Maguird's Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Mirror Mirror are his top 3 works imho.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the mix of characters I just hope Rain has a story that continues!
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The conclusion to, and my favorite of, Gregory Maguire's "Wicked" storyline, this one focusing mainly on Rain, Liir's son and the grandaughter of Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Rain has been left for her own safety since infancy with Glinda by Liir and Candle, when the war between Loyal Oz and the Free State of Munchkinland forces Glinda and Rain to flee their castle, but not before using the Grimmerie (Elphaba's magical book of spells)to thwart General Cherrystone's plan to defeat Munchkinland with trained dragons. Rain meets up with Brr (the Cowardly Lion), Dorothy, eventually reunites with her parents, and almost against her will falls in love with an unusual boy who may or may not be working as a spy for his protector, the Lady Mombey. This is a fascinating and moving book, given added resonance by the occasional line familiar to those who hold the Movie in high regard. My one regret from the booksigning was forgetting to ask Maguire if any of the characters or storylines were drawn from Frank Baum's other Oz books, which I have yet to read.
norabelle414 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth and final book in the series The Wicked Years. This is a truly epic ending to a truly epic series. It only took me so long because I didn't want to miss a single delicious word. The very best part of the book is that it ties beautifully into L. Frank Baum¿s sequel, The Land of Oz, which provides a real sense of closure. (In that the story does not have to be over, it just continues elsewhere.) Now I really want to go back and read the whole series again.The beginning of the end takes place in San Francisco, where Dorothy's aunt and uncle have taken her to see the big city and the ocean for the first time. Dorothy, now 16ish, is pretty much unmarriageable (in Kansas, at least) due to the fact that she won't stop talking about an imaginary country named Oz. Dorothy and Toto stand on the roof of the hotel waiting for a sight of the ocean. As dawn breaks on April 18, 1906, "the buildings of San Francisco started to shake".Meanwhile, in Oz, war has broken out. Munchkinland has seceded from Loyal Oz, which is ruled by Shell, Elphaba's brother, who has declared himself divine. Shell's army has marched to the great Munchkin lake of Restwater, Oz's main source of potable water, and plans to annex it. Lady Glinda Chuffrey refuses to take a side in the war, being an Emerald City citizen currently residing in Munchkinland. Unfortunately, her villa is strategically located on the shores of Restwater, and is thus commandeered by Loyal Oz's army. Under the guise of entertaining the troops, a travelling puppet show descents upon Glinda's home, with the secret purpose of depositing a magical book, the Grimmerie, in Glinda's lap. It might come in handy soon, if only there were someone in Glinda's household staff with enough magical blood to read it . . . But that's all just in the first 60 pages.As with the other Oz books, this is a long and detailed story of physical and emotional journeys. A cast of well-known and brand new characters lays its mark upon Oz, from The Glikkus to Kvon Altar, from Shiz to Ovvels. Oz has been in political, religious, and emotional limbo since the day the Wizard arrived and usurped the throne from the Ozma regent, but by the time the story ends, all that was lost will be called forward.
BellaFoxx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now we come to the end of the series. I enjoyed every book in this series. What I most enjoyed is the growth shown. Some complained that Out of Oz didn¿t have the same `magic¿ as the original book. I felt that the books showed the progression of the country as it worked it¿s way through different rulers and social unrest. Also the characters were different, they grew, their lives were affected in different ways.In Out of Oz the story picks up about 8 years after the end of Son of a Witch, and a few months after A Lion Among Men. We are reunited with some characters we know well, such as Glinda and the Lion, Liir and Candle, some that you might consider `bit players¿ that keep popping up. And some that made brief appearances or that we only heard about.And we learn what happens to Liir¿s daughter, born at the end of Son of a Witch with green skin like her grandmother. There are other long hidden mysteries of Oz that come to light.Although the books seemed to drag in places with discussion of troop maneuvers and military strategies. With the country at war and the characters major players in it, it was necessary. It helped to flesh out the characters, give a reason for their actions.The ending was logical, perhaps not the `happy ending¿ some might want, but satisfactory and I would recommend this book. I would also suggest that you read the books in order.
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TeenageCthulhu14 More than 1 year ago
Not as bad as 2 or 3 I was not of fan of the 2nd and 3rd books in the Wicked Years, and I was hoping for a moderately decent sendoff for Maguire's version of Oz.  Let's just say that I got what I wanted. It was better than I thought it would be, and I was pleased. It's a little slow in a few places, but overall it's pretty good. But I will say that some of it was pretty creepy. But it was still good. Rain reminds me a bit of her grandmother, Elphaba Thropp. Not only in appearance, but the animal (and Animal) loving person that she is. She had a similar history to her grandma (spending time in Quadling Country for example. She is a much better character than her father (who is very irritating to me). It is not as terrific as Wicked, but it's still good.
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A good end to the series
customer2 More than 1 year ago
This book is just as boring as the previous books would not recommend. As a matter of fact the whole series sucks.
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Has rhis dude read the whole REAL series? Of course ozma is ruler in the end. The aurhor is a ding dong...
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This book took me on a ride, that's for sure. The reason for the 3 star rating (which is low for me) is the fact that the book itself seemed to drag through long stretches of it. I would find myself enthralled with a part of the book, only to be disappointed with a sense of too much detail, or a storyline that didn't seem to make sense. I do have to say that more made sense when I finally reached the end and I'm not entirely sure if it could have been told better or not. I also felt a sense of disappointment at the end, of questions left unanswered and a sort of let down at the paths the characters chose to take. I wish we'd learned more of what transpired with Rain and Tip after it all. I wish we'd learned who visited Glinda though I think we can call make a pretty good guess, it would have been nice to have confirmation. I'd like to have known if Ozma ever took over the ruling of Oz and if Dorothy made it home alright. All that being said, I did end up enjoying the book far more than I thought I would at the onset.
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