Out of Oz (Wicked Years Series #4)
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Out of Oz (Wicked Years Series #4)

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by Gregory Maguire

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The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times bestselling series the Wicked Years

Hailed as “bewitching,” “remarkable,” “extraordinary,” “engrossing,” “amazing,” and “delicious,” Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series—a sophisticated fantasy cycle inspired by the classic

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The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times bestselling series the Wicked Years

Hailed as “bewitching,” “remarkable,” “extraordinary,” “engrossing,” “amazing,” and “delicious,” Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series—a sophisticated fantasy cycle inspired by the classic children’s novel The Wizard of Oz—became national bestsellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last. . . .

Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy.

Yet amidst all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war.

The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the bestselling series begun with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises—the hallmarks of the unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

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This fourth volume of Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years completes a series begun with 1995's Wicked. In Out of Oz, war is stirring in the Emerald City. Munchkinland has seceded and the Ozian army has mobilized to restore the union. Meanwhile, Glinda is under house arrest and General Cherrystone has become interested in Glinda's broom girl Rain. What he doesn't know is that Rain is no mere servant: As Elphaba's granddaughter, she uniquely possesses the ability to read the powerful Grimmerie. This full-throttle conclusion to this popular series confirms anew that we're not in Kansas anymore.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Wicked Years Series, #4
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6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

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Out of Oz

The Final Volume in the Wicked Years
By Gregory Maguire

William Morrow

Copyright © 2011 Gregory Maguire
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060548940

Chapter One

One of her earliest memories. Maybe her first, it was hard to tell, time
was unstable then. Swimming through grass that came up as high as
her underarms. Or it may have been new grain not yet roughened by summer.
Late spring, probably. Her chin stroked by paintbrush tips of green.
Sunk in the world, unable to feel anything but the magic of it. Unable
to take part.
The field was as wide as the sky, while she was so low that she couldn't
see over horizons of any sort. At a small clearing where (she later realized) a
farmer's cart or plow might turn around, she came upon the skin of a mouse
in the cropped and daisied grass.
The mouse pelt was still soft and almost warm. Supple, not leathery. As
if some snake or owl had caught the creature and eaten it through a seam,
blood and bones and little liver and all, but had tossed aside, nearly in one
piece, the furry husk.
She had picked it up and dressed her forefinger with it, becoming Mouse.
Quickening into Mouse. It had made her feel foreign to herself, and real.
Realer. Then the feeling overwhelmed her and with a cry she shuddered the
Mouse-shuck off her, away.
It disappeared into the grain. Immediately she loathed herself for
cowardice and the loss of a magic thing, and she hunted for it until the memory
had hardened into a notion of stupidity and regret.
She kept the memory and suffered the longing but never again was so
real a Mouse, not for her whole life.


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Out of Oz 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 120 reviews.
vickytren More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of this series and wasn't disappointed with the fourth book. Great read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Oz Emperor Shell Thropp, brother to the late Wicked Witch of the West Elphaba, sends his Oz army to put down the rebellious break away in Munchkinland. To insure no bewitching interference, General Cherrystone arrests former Throne Minister Glinda. However, while he keeps Glinda incarcerated in her house, the General finds the good witch's broom girl Rain fascinating and begins to teach the child to read. He fails to recognize that his student is the granddaughter of Elphaba and the only person breathing who can comprehend the Grimmerie magical lore tome. A performing troupe gives the Grimmerie to Glinda for safekeeping. She has her friend Brrr the Cowardly Lion escort Rain on an identity quest. However, Glinda remains concerned over the well-being of the people of Oz as Dorothy of Kansas is back and everyone knows the singing and dancing Cornhusker irritant is a trouble magnet. The final "Wicked Years" Oz fantasy (see Wicked, Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men) is a great finish to a strong saga as spin maestro Gregory Maguire deftly twists L. Frank Baum's classic novels in brilliant unexpected but logical extrapolations. The story line is fast-paced, but it is the deep look at the cast that makes the tale work; for instance everyone knows ultra optimist Dorothy is a plague with every rosy colored step she takes disaster walks with her. Readers will relish this saga as Mr. Maguire exposes the rest of the story. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this installment but the ending of this book felt a little rushed. I recommend the series to everyone, though. I hope the teaser in this book means that this reallty isn't the end of our journey through Oz. C'mon, Gregory! Surely there are some Oz character backstories in you. How about a set of prequels taking place before the Wizard's reign?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maguire has written his best book since Wicked! Reading Out of Oz is like revisiting old friends and catching up on all the news. Glinda, Liir, Brrr, Candle, the maunts, dragons and soldiers--all are here and as wonderful and distinct as we remember them. It was sheer pleasure travelling with these characters through Oz, even though Oz is changed--in the middle of a civil war and near-martial law. If you loved Wicked, Out of Oz will not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice way to end the series after a horrible 3rd book. Text is dense and sometimes hard to follow, but gives the fans what they've been wanting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED, LOVED Wicked!! I read all of the series and was excited to read the end. Very disappointing. Story dragged, and the new characters didn't come to life as in the other books. Good ending, but the book really could have been written about 150 pages rather than 500. In my opinion, it was a waste of my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless you have a more sophisticated Nook, you should get this as a book that has at least one map so that you can mark the journey. I love this series, but I had a hard time keeping straight where they were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this because of the first of Maguire's, Wicked series. The first novel of the series was outstanding. This was due to the many strong characters as reimagined by Gregory Maguire. None of them, only Glinda and Brr, are in this novel. I was unable to care about the newer characters or to be interested in the plot. This is despite having read L Frank Baum's original Oz book. This book is not a stand alone. It helps to read the first three books before this one. As for the ending, it was more of a ...meh. Gregory Maguird's Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Mirror Mirror are his top 3 works imho.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the mix of characters I just hope Rain has a story that continues!
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TeenageCthulhu14 More than 1 year ago
Not as bad as 2 or 3 I was not of fan of the 2nd and 3rd books in the Wicked Years, and I was hoping for a moderately decent sendoff for Maguire's version of Oz.  Let's just say that I got what I wanted. It was better than I thought it would be, and I was pleased. It's a little slow in a few places, but overall it's pretty good. But I will say that some of it was pretty creepy. But it was still good. Rain reminds me a bit of her grandmother, Elphaba Thropp. Not only in appearance, but the animal (and Animal) loving person that she is. She had a similar history to her grandma (spending time in Quadling Country for example. She is a much better character than her father (who is very irritating to me). It is not as terrific as Wicked, but it's still good.
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A good end to the series
customer2 More than 1 year ago
This book is just as boring as the previous books would not recommend. As a matter of fact the whole series sucks.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has rhis dude read the whole REAL series? Of course ozma is ruler in the end. The aurhor is a ding dong...
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This book took me on a ride, that's for sure. The reason for the 3 star rating (which is low for me) is the fact that the book itself seemed to drag through long stretches of it. I would find myself enthralled with a part of the book, only to be disappointed with a sense of too much detail, or a storyline that didn't seem to make sense. I do have to say that more made sense when I finally reached the end and I'm not entirely sure if it could have been told better or not. I also felt a sense of disappointment at the end, of questions left unanswered and a sort of let down at the paths the characters chose to take. I wish we'd learned more of what transpired with Rain and Tip after it all. I wish we'd learned who visited Glinda though I think we can call make a pretty good guess, it would have been nice to have confirmation. I'd like to have known if Ozma ever took over the ruling of Oz and if Dorothy made it home alright. All that being said, I did end up enjoying the book far more than I thought I would at the onset.
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I love this book it really finishes out the WICKED YEARS series perfectly. Maguire ties up many loose ends and fills in the blanks from the the previous books masterfully. Finally we know what became of Liir, Candle, the Loin, Nanny, Nor, even Miss Gale herself makes a grand appearance. I highly recommend this book, but only after you have invested the time in the other three previous to it otherwise you will be very lost. I am sad the story is over to tell you the truth..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I finished Out of Oz, I was disappointed that the fantasy had ended. I have so much admiration for Gregory Maguire's keen mind and imagination! I loved the detail in development, whether it be character, situational or environment. This is a series that I will read more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago