In the third volume of Gregory Maguire''s acclaimed series, the
Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the
While civil war looms in Oz, Brrr-the Cowardly Lion-surrenders
the story of his life to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. Abandoned as
a cub, Brrr''s path from infancy in the Great Gillikan 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, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a
jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering
Emperor of Oz.
A portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a
world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire''s A Lion
Among Men is written with the sympathy and power that have
made his books contemporary classics.