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A Lion Among Men Lp: Volume Three in the Wicked Years

by Gregory Maguire

Harpercollins Publishers | March 23, 2009 | Trade Paperback

A Lion Among Men Lp: Volume Three in the Wicked Years is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 10.

"Hardly more than a kitten . . . I had thought to call it Prrr, but it shivers more often than it purrs, so I call it Brrr instead."
-FromWicked

SinceWickedwas first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the 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 inWicked.

While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr-the Cowardly Lion-arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. As payment, Yackle, who hovered on the sidelines of Elphaba's life, demands some answers of her own.

Brrr surrenders his story to the ailing maunt: Abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his path from infancy in the Great Gillikin Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, and falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.

A Lion Among Menchronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City's approaching armies. What does the Lion know of the whereabouts of the Witch's boy, Liir? What can Yackle reveal about the auguries of the Clock of the Time Dragon? And what of the Grimmerie, the magic book that vanished as quickly as Elphaba? Is destiny ever arbitrary? Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets-cowardly, wicked, brainless, criminally earnest-to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before they're skinned alive?

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 classics.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 9.13 × 6.13 × 1.31 in

Published: March 23, 2009

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061711780

ISBN - 13: 9780061711787

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not at all LOVED wicked, Really enjoyed son of a Witch. But a Lion among men, I would rather have my teeth pulled
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Enoyed it! For those who truly love the story line of the Wicked Years, you cannot finish the series without this book. Yes, this book does get slow at times, but in the end the storyline flows well. The ending, I think was great, and it really gets you caught up in the world of OZ according to Gregory Maguire. Overall, I really liked it, again it is hard to get into but if you really love the series so far, you will enjoy this one to.
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from boring this book was boring! it was strange too.. took me forever to finish because i never wanted to pick it up in my spare time..
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WICKED was good, SON OF A WITCH was ok, but this... Like I said, WICKED was good, SON OF A WITCH was ok... I guess. It dragged on and a lot could have been left out but good ending. Now this... A LION AMONG MEN was probably the hardest book to finish as it really dragged on and was literally quite boring. The caption on the back of the book made it seem so interesting but not so. Very disappointing. A lot of loose ends but I can only hope that this will all be wrapped up in OUT OF OZ...Maquire's 4th and final book in the wicked years. You might want to do yourself a favor and check out the library first before opening up your wallet.
Date published: 2011-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was slow. I had to push through it to get to the end.
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! I love Gregory Maguire's twisted humour...a wonderful world to fall into.
Date published: 2010-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you don't want to buy hardcover... Although it's not yet listed on the chapters.ca website, the trade paperback version of 'A Lion Among Men' has a release date of September 22/09, which will likely cost between $17 and $20.
Date published: 2009-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire One of the unfortunate things about growing up is having to give up fairy tales. Now, thanks to Gregory Maguire, we can have the fairy tales back, only this time written for grown-ups. If you enjoyed the Wizard of Oz, you will surely enjoy Maguire's take on the background of the characters. In A Lion Among Men, we are taken into the world of the cowardly lion and the"real" world that Oz is, politics, wars and everything. It's an amusing romp through the world of Oz as seen from the tarnished view of the grown-ups. The magic is gone, reality has taken over the yellow brick road.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wicked years continues... The third installment in the "Wicked Years" follows the story of the Cowardly Lion and Yackle. Maguire, yet again, recreates the land of Oz in a vivid and colourful way. This is no longer the candy coloured world of Frank L Baum. We get to find out the history of the Lion and his autobiography is a surprisingly busy, full, and unintentionally filled with many failures. Will the Lion ever see something through? Or realize that ethics are more important than being in the 'in' crowd. Will he always let others control his actions? We also get some glimpses into Yackle's life and a look at why she is always tied with the Thropp family. This story would not have attracted me to the overall series if I had read it first, but it does seem to have its place within the series. There are times it goes off track in philosophical wandering, which may serve to underline the Lion's pomposity and lack of social graces. Oh, but what is an orphaned Cat to do? This book in the series fills out more of the story and ties up some loose ends. However, if feels like a bridge to a fourth book (I wonder who he'll cover next? Tin-man, Scarecrow, Ozma, or back to Liir and his daughter?). If you already love this series, read it! If you haven't started it yet, start at the first book (Wicked), then the second (Son of a Witch) and then read it! On its own it's a good bookclub pick, too. Wicked bookclub anyone?
Date published: 2008-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great third installment I read this book as a First Look Advanced Reader's Copy from HarperCollins, and I really feel lucky to have gotten it. I really loved this third Wicked book! I have found this third book in Maguire's Wicked series to be intriguing and well-written. I enjoyed learning about the life of the Cowardly Lion, and how and why he became Cowardly in the first place. This plot was effective and mixed with the usual political intrigues of Oz, which creates a very interesting plot, that requires the reader to think. The book reads very easily, the chapters usually short and to the point, and leaving you looking for more information to be found in the next chapters. I think by choosing to write about the Cowardly Lion, a character from the original Wizard of Oz story, Maguire made a bright move that was, in my opinion, a better choice than the character of Liir, which we read about in Son of a Witch, the previous book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read the previous two books, or to people I think would enjoy this series.
Date published: 2008-09-11

– More About This Product –

A Lion Among Men Lp: Volume Three in the Wicked Years

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 9.13 × 6.13 × 1.31 in

Published: March 23, 2009

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061711780

ISBN - 13: 9780061711787

From the Publisher

"Hardly more than a kitten . . . I had thought to call it Prrr, but it shivers more often than it purrs, so I call it Brrr instead."
-FromWicked

SinceWickedwas first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the 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 inWicked.

While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr-the Cowardly Lion-arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. As payment, Yackle, who hovered on the sidelines of Elphaba's life, demands some answers of her own.

Brrr surrenders his story to the ailing maunt: Abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his path from infancy in the Great Gillikin Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, and falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.

A Lion Among Menchronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City's approaching armies. What does the Lion know of the whereabouts of the Witch's boy, Liir? What can Yackle reveal about the auguries of the Clock of the Time Dragon? And what of the Grimmerie, the magic book that vanished as quickly as Elphaba? Is destiny ever arbitrary? Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets-cowardly, wicked, brainless, criminally earnest-to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before they're skinned alive?

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 classics.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the author of several best-selling adult novels, includingWicked, which was turned into a Broadway musical. His books for younger readers include the picture bookCrabby Cratchitt, the novelThe Good Liar, and the popular Hamlet Chronicles series. While writingLeaping Beauty, Mr. Maguire sadly became allergic to all creatures great and small. Now he lives in a house without pets, though he is the father of three happy, noisy small children to whom, at this writing, he has not yet developed allergies.

Editorial Reviews

"This Oz goes far beyond L. Frank Baum?s; it?s as surreal as a dream, but as immaculately and impeccably detailed as history. Maguire?s wizardlike grasp over every aspect of this reinvented land rivals classic literary landscapes like Tolkien?s Middle Earth and Faulkner?s Yoknapatawpha County." (Albany Times Union)