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REVIEW ¾ A Lion Among Men Ú ❰PDF❯ ❤ A Lion Among Men Author Gregory Maguire – Horticulturetrader.co.uk In this much anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years we return to Oz seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in Wicked While civil war looms a tetchy In this much anticipated thIn this much anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years we return to Oz seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in Wicked While civil war looms a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death Before her final hour an enigmatic figure known as Brrr the Co. To be honest I'm getting frustrated with Maguire His first book in the series Wicked has received national if not global acclaim as it rightly should I was originally entranced by Maguire's ability to reinvent Oz while still keeping the classical whimsical elements alive in fact fleshing them out by putting them in a realistic and harsh reality of social commentary However with the introduction of Son of a Witch about which he has said he never planned for Maguire has gone on to tell some other story This latest installment does give some halfway disappointing closure on the characters of Yackal and the dwarf that still for some reason doesn't make all kinds of sense; however the story of the lion is long and depressing filled with themes all too similar to the last book of course instead of exploring failure because of fate we explore failure because of cowardice In fact that seems to be the core theme of the entire series exploring failure Maguire seems to have finally mastered his tempo problems of the first two books the action dialogue and introspection all blend seemlessly to make this an easy engaging read However the only reason I kept reading was because I wanted to get through the endless history on to what would happen next This book revisits too much of the old books to really be called new except for about two chapters worth of actually interesting revelations That which isn't already known to the reader and has no relation to the mysteries of the past or goings on of the present is all completely useless and fluff The worst travesty is the complete lack of any references to the original books That was the best part of Wicked incorporating talking Animals Lurline the deadly desert Bo and a variety of other elements into the rich work With the second we got a cocktease in the form of Tip This third only builds on what's already there dropping the name of Mumbly Mombi If you fell in love with the first book but were apprehensive about the second I say save yourself the time and money and stop where you are Maguire ended the first one perfectly and appropriately allowing the reader to draw their own fantastic conclusions If you've read the second and loved it by all means read this as well

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Wardly Lion arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp the Wicked Witch of the West As payment Yackle demands some answers of her own Brrr surrenders his story abandoned as a A Lion MOBI #10003 cub his earliest memories are gluey hazes and his life's path is no Yellow Brick Road A Lion Am. Considering how much I enjoyed Wicked and how much I enjoyed Son of a Witch I found A Lion Among Men disappointing I was all geared up to find out what happens with Liir and you know what from the end of Son of a Witch but the third book in this series barely mentions him Instead this book focuses primarily on the Cowardly Lion and his life experiences and touches a bit on Fiyero's daughter I found the author's language annoying if not incomprehensible at times or maybe I just didn't have the patience to figure it out and felt as though the effort he spent trying to sound profound could have been better spent developing a worthwhile plot for the Lion; overall the reading felt tediousThat said I did enjoy some of the book particularly the bits involving Mother Yackle a strange character first introduced in Wicked whose history is revealed in A Lion Among Men and is a lovely example of the bizarre yet imaginatively delightful writing I was expecting from Gregory Maguire throughout the book

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A Lion Among MenOng Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City's approaching armies At once a portrait of a would be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever Gregory Maguire's new novel is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classi. I don't know what to think about this one I've wondered why I've persevered with this series although it has been a long time since I read the previous book These books are too clever for their own good or at least they think they areThe central characters in this book are the Cowardly Lion who briefly appeared in the original book as cub and Old Mother Yackle the Oracle Yackle still lives with the maunts and she wants to die but try as she might she still lives She even had herself shut in a crypt for a year and she still didn't die So Yackle is trying to figure out whyThe Cowardly Lion his real name is Brr comes to Yackle for information he's looking for Liir and thinks she can help him But what he's really looking for is the Grimmerie As a servant of the court he has to find it otherwise he'll end up in SouthstairsBut Yackle needs to know if she can trust Brr so she gets him to share memories So this book is mainly flashbacks of both their past but mainly Brr's past Nothing ever seems to have gone right for him no memory of his family no memory of his childhood trip to Shiz no friends the only Animal in Society when it wasn't fashionable to be an Animal He stumbles from one uncomfortable situation to anotherYackle has no memory of being young she was born old Blind after events in the previous book you're never uite sure if the visions she has are real or not But she was always there on the outskirts of Elphaba's lifeBut Yackle isn't the only one prone to prophecy's as a certain clock is making its way to the mauntery accompanied by a woman that many thought was dead Her tale is also woven into the storyThe problem is that this story feels like a bit of a filler a way to manoeuvre characters in preparation for the finale Because it also rehashes what happened to Liir and Candle so the search can begin for them and their little girl Because war has broken out and maybe a witches granddaughter is the only one who can put things right