Published in: 2004
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 2 in The Wicked Years series
Liir hid in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Left for dead in a gully, the teen is shattered in spirit and body. But silent novice Candle tends him at the Cloister of Saint Glinda, and wills him back to life with her music.
What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba’s son? He has her broom and her cape – but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?
Well, as far as this series goes, this is the shining, outstanding book of them all. In saying that, it ain’t all that great. It’s about Liir, which I think is pronounced like “leer” I believe. He is the son of the wicked witch, he is lost once she is dead, though he didn’t really exist much when she did, and he seems to be confused about a whole of a lot. He’s in a coma for a bit of the book, so we learn about these people around him, and we learn a bit about his past as he looks back at things that happened that lead him to here and now. He’s a bit of a troublemaker, without consciously trying to be, and you feel sorry for him while kinda liking him while also kinda really being annoyed by him.
He has a relationship with a girl called Candle, and a man whose name I now forget but who seems a bit of a pompous ass. He also flies the wicked witch’s broom. As I said, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t as bad as the first book was. I even began to understand this world a bit more, which makes it easier to read this book (I am beginning to understand why people say you need to re-read the first book a few times- the first time is just bizarre because you don’t know the world. Once you understand it, things become easier, though I can’t say that the story is any better).
Son of a Witch rating: 6/10. It will be my highest rating of this series, sadly.
Would I re-read it? Nah
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the first book. Perhaps hopefuls that hated the first book but wish for something better- maybe give this a shot?