Maguire is full of storytelling brio...his OZ is meticulously drawn. — New York Times on Wicked
In the much anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion.
While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.
A Lion Among Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald Citys approaching armies. Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before theyre skinned alive?
Gregory Maguires new novel is written with the sympahty and power that have made his books contemporary classics.