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Son Of A Witch by Gregory Maguire

Son Of A Witch, Gregory Maguire's sequel to his bestseller Wicked, begins with Liir found nearly dead in a gully. Liir was the adolescent boy who saw Dorothy kill the witch, Elphaba Thropp, at the end of Wicked, and even he is unsure whether Elphaba was his mother. He is nursed back to health in the Cloister of Saint Glinda by a mysterious girl named Candle. Carrying Elphaba's cape broomstick and cape, he had been searching for his supposed half-sister, Nor, and going to help Princess Nastoya, who was trapped in a spell. When Niir is healthy again, he finds that a new evil is threatening to take over Oz, and he's urged to help fight the evil. Niir, though, is struggling to find out exactly who he is and where he's to fit into the world of Oz. Son Of A Witch has received mostly positive reviews with the Cleveland Plain Dealer saying, "Son Of A Witch is one of those rare books that, although not designed for children, absorbs us in ways that only childhood reading usually can, even as it refuses to let us take cover from the real world while we are reading it."
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