By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil conflict looms in ounces, Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his existence to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's course from infancy within the nice Gillikan woodland is not any Yellow Brick street. looking to redress an early mistake, he trudges via a swamp of ghosts, turns into implicated in a bloodbath of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a prison sentence by way of agreeing to function a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of ounces.
A portrait of a would-be survivor and a breathtaking glimpse of an international long past shrill with battle fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion between Men is written with the sympathy and gear that experience made his books modern classics.
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The so-called Wicked Witch of the West, onetime agitator, now recluse, is subdued by the powerful Dorothy Gale. The Wizard of Oz abdicates the throne. The Wizard had held power for almost forty years. The reasons for his departure remain a matter of speculation. THE TWIN INTERREGNUMS Lady Glinda Chuffrey, nȳe Upland, is briefly installed as Throne Minister. The Animal Adverse laws are revoked, to little effect; Animals remain skeptical of their chances of being reintegrated into human society in Oz.
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A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, Book 3) by Gregory Maguire