“I loved this book and very much like this author. The book has conflict, innocence, sadness, and finally hope. And the book is beautifullly written. I am constantly awed by phrases and choice of words. Great series.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I rarely leave a book unfinished, but I couldn't make it through this one. I enjoyed the other two in the series, but I just didn't like the character of the lion or the plot so I gave up. I made it halfway and won't bother finishing it in the future.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Since the publication of Wicked, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion. At once a portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion Among Men is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.”Harley Chic wrote this review Monday, May 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book and very much like this author. The book has conflict, innocence, sadness, and finally hope. And the book is beautifullly written. I am constantly awed by phrases and choice of words. Great series.”Julia Glenn wrote this review Tuesday, May 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This has to be the best in the series. It was raw, emotional and just a very sad book. It was also simpler than the first 2. It was more personal than political. I really felt for Brr. In whatever he choses he is always criticized. He always makes the wrong choice. He has a hard time trying to fit in with humans and even with Animals alike. He does not have any family. It was very relatable than the first two.”Krizia Anna L wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this book was mostly a filler between the second and fourth books. It only explained a few things, though they were decent things, and left you with more questions. It also ended in the cliff hanger with each warring side closing in and the group splitting up with promises to join up later.
This book follows the Lion on his journey. It opens with him working for the EC (Emerald City) trying to find out about Liir, Elphaba, the Grimmerie, etc. He meets with Yackle, and tries to get her deposition. She has just come out of her grave, as she was trying to die for over a year now and it didn't work. Through talking with Yackle the Lion's past is told to the reader, as well as how Yackle came to be. The war between the EC and Munchkinland is getting hotter and is going to meet at the Nunnery of St. Glinda very soon. The Clock of the Time Dragon and it's crew of Dwarf, boys and Ilinora arrive at the cloister. They all meet up. Ilinora is Nor, Fiyero's daughter who escaped from Southstairs in the last book. Yackle convinces the dwarf to start up the Dragon which opens to show it houses the Grimmerie itself and Yackle, having once been conjured into life by a wizard, from the book, decended back into the book. She took along the traitor Cat that Brr has been toting around because he was the Cat of Elphaba and he told on her.
Yackle did tell Brr that Liir had a child, the grandchild of Elphaba. It seems that no one else knows this fact. He also finds that he was taken from his family when he was young as a science experiment.
The war is moving closer and the crew leaves. The maunts have fled and they take off with the clock. Brr goes with them. Then he tells Ilinora about Liir and that she still has someone. He sees a cottage that he knows an old couple lives in, with smoke still rising from the chimminey. He tells Ilinora that he is going to go help them and that he will meet back up with her and they will find Liir together.
I'm still iffy about this book. It was good in that it did answer some things. but it moved slowly and then, again, was all crazy fast and busy toward the end.”
“Not my favorite of the Wicked Years books, but once again I was left astonished at Gregory Maguire's skill in telling a story. Nobody writes like this man. His books are treasures.”calamity vaughn wrote this review Friday, April 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was written from the Cowardly Lions perspective, and while a lot of it helped advance the story, it wasn't as interesting as the the first two books. ”Hollygon wrote this review Wednesday, January 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Definitely a good read. Had some serious political undertones in relation to our times. ”andrea nixon wrote this review Wednesday, November 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“11/2/12- This book is interesting, and works interesting philosophical ideas into a complex storyline. My opinion is that this book's characters is what makes it interesting. Each character is drastically different, and how they interact is what forms a great story. It's a perfect follow-up to "Son of a Witch" and "Wicked". It raises interesting ideas about morality, romance, and friendship. It is through the eyes of the Lion from the Wizard of Oz, but Maguire creates an alternate universe all together with this amazing story, with only a basis on The Wizard of Oz.”Rainbow Ponies wrote this review Friday, November 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Wicked Years:
2. Son of a Witch
3. A Lion Among Men
4. Out of Oz”