I was expecting something interesting out of this book since it had glowing reviews and the musical was sold out in Toronto MONTHS before it actually came, but what I read was incredible.
It was an insight on evil and good, and how people are neither in entirety, it had love, murder, magic and adventure all at once, and so much feeling I thought I would cry from beginning to end.
This book is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, and develops characters in the Oz World. It leaves the Wizard and Dorothy and makes for an enormous backstory which seems to be hidden under our own eyes when we read the first Oz book or even watch the Judy Garland movie. It's incredible, one of my favourite books to date.
It also doesn't try to be great literature like The Da Vinci Code, and because it doesn't really try, it is. It is more philosophical and more colourful than most books of this "new" century.
The English isn't very hard to understand either, while not insulting its readers with simplistic notions. I'm no expert, but I enjoyed reading this book and I hope so will you.