Title: Son of Witch
Author: Gregory McGuire
Series: The Wicked Years
The second book in the Wicked series is a tale of a young boys search to know himself and what he discovers at the end of the journey. Liir is abandoned in the company of Nanny and Chistery the monkey after Elphaba’s unfortunate death. Lonely and confused, Liir arms himself with the cape and broom of Elphaba and sets out with Dorothy, the scarecrow, the cowardly lion and the tin man to the Emerald City hoping to find his probable half sister Nor. This journey takes Liir through the prisons of Emerald City and a quest that ends up with him taking up Elphaba’s cause which was to ensure that the Animals had their rights and that Quadling country would be free. In the process he learns to navigate the broom, destroys the Wizards most destructive weapons and finds the answer to the question that has been troubling him all his life. Was Elphaba, the wicked witch of the west actually his mother?
I found the book to be very intense even though its story lines deceives readers, giving them an idea that this is probably a humorous book. The same goes for all books in the Wicked series. The book is rich with language and definitely made me learn a lot of new words. The sincerity of Liir’s search for his half sister and the path o finding himself was very endearing. A good read, if you don’t mind serious and intense books.
I am definitely going to read the third book in the series which is “A Lion among Men”