Wicked/Son of a Witch (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

Wicked/Son of a Witch (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by Gregory Maguire

Hardcover(Bonded Leather)

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This unique volume combines two modern classics spun from the imagination of national bestselling author Gregory Maguire. Wicked, told from the perspective of Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West, gives the wildly entertaining prehistory of the Emerald City of Oz before the arrival of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Woodsman. The saga continues in Son of a Witch, the whimsical coming-of-age story of Liir, the Wicked Witch's secret son. Beautifully designed, this volume makes the perfect gift for lovers of modern fantasy literature.
Wicked/Son of a Witch is part of Barnes & Noble’s series of quality leatherbound Collectible Edition classics. Each title in the series presents a timeless work in an attractively designed edition bound in durable bonded leather. These books make elegant additions to any home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435110304
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 10/03/2008
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 62,150
Product dimensions: 7.08(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.64(d)

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked is the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 9, 1954

Place of Birth:

Albany, New York


B.A., SUNY at Albany, 1976; M.A., Simmons College, 1978; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1990

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Wicked/Son of a Witch (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 152 reviews.
WilV More than 1 year ago
I loved these books and I was pleased to find them in this great looking volume. I found myself unable to tear away from these stories. What the author has done by fleshing out characters we thought we knew and giving them histories that place them in completely new context was brilliant. These stories however are not child friendly. With issues such as oppression of minorities, terrorism, adultery and the search for redemption to name a few I would strongly recommend that parents read the books first before deciding if it is something they want their kids reading by themselves.
alejandro-mero More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading "Son of a Witch" the sequel to the novel "Wicked" and while it was a 8/10 because the writing was superb, it had great and complicated character, it told the herstory/mythology of oz effectively, and included great bits of wisdom, etc etc; It did leave so many thing unresolved, just like "Wicked". First off Liir's, the main character, main tangible goal is left unresolved/a mystery. Second, so many characters with great backstories, don't get any resolution. They just go away into the ether, by choice or by omission. Third, the state of Oz is left alone at the end of the book. We simply don't find out what happens or the result of the final main event. We don't find out about the status of Animals, which was also left unresolved in "Wicked". It is left open at the end. The few things that get resolved are Liir's heritage, and Princess Nastoya's dream. We also learn the good of being able to read, analyze and understand the past, and the good of understanding and interpreting the presents clues. All of this culminates to an 8/10 because the writing and background are so well developed that you find yourself having a good experience reading it. I have read alot of bad writing, but both "Wicked" and "Son of a Witch", even though slow-paced and unresolved by the end, is a great example of what great writers can do. I highly suggest reading this if open ending don't piss you off. I was, but I highly enjoyed the ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a long-time fan of Gregory Maguire's work, and The Wicked Years, particularly the first novel, is definitely his chef d'oeuvre. Few modern authors possess his ability to weave a fantastical tale so beautifully. Those accustomed to the light-hearted musical that was VERY LOOSELY BASED (I cannot stress this point enough; it was never intended to be an adaptation of the book) upon the novel may be disappointed, but that's unsurprising. The musical, or Wicked Lite, as I like to call it, is wonderful, but designed to attract a wide audience. The novel, with its plethora of characters and terms to remember, and a rich vocabulary beyond that of your average reader, may be somewhat off-putting to non-bibliophiles. Those complaining about the sex, violence, and so-called depravity in the novel would be better off sticking to children's literature. This is one of Maguire's ADULT novels, and is meant to be read by adults. The sex and violence are by no means gratuitous; the at times ugly, realness behind the lure of Oz would not be apparent without such examples. (In any case, I cannot comprehend why any homophobe would pick up an openly gay author's work, and be shocked to find examples of non-tradition sex within its pages.) The Wicked Years are an exquisite read for anyone possessing the necessary vocabulary and maturity to enjoy the work. Maguire's other novels are well worth discovering, as well.
jenrs924 More than 1 year ago
I was extremely impressed with this book. I received it as a birthday gift and could not have been more pleased. It is so beautifully designed, the black leather with the bright green artwork and markings, it is just pleasure for the eyes. Then on to the story, the writer did sucj and excellent job introducing the characters. I found it very interesting to see characters from the movie in their youth and getting to know a little about how they came to be. I was always interested in these characters from watching The Wizard of Oz as a child. I started reading and I just could not put it down. The artwork within the book is also quite appealing. Overall I think you will enjoy this book
LoveTheRain77 More than 1 year ago
Wicked was AMAZING! I totally fell in love with Elphaba! Wonderful work Great characters!! Son of a Witch was a little more difficult to get into.. still interesting, i just didn't connect with it as much... but all in all it was a good purchase!
BeautifullyxTragicx3 More than 1 year ago
Wicked is my favorite book of all time, along with other books Gregory Maguire has written. When I first saw this, I couldn't get over how stunning it was, and of course I was freaking out because I absolutely love the musical as well, and they put the musical logo right smack dab in the center! I think it's wonderful that they put the first 2 books together, and I am so glad I've added it to my collection. With 2 wonderful books bound in this beautiful leather, the price is extremely reasonable and a must-have for any Wicked fan out there!
Bookworm1973 More than 1 year ago
When I saw that both Wicked and Son of a Witch had been put into such a beautiful cover I was uber excited. I have already read both and also A Lion Amoung Men. This series will become a classic and I love that it was put into such a classic looking cover. This story of the Wicked Witch of the West and her history has changed how I see her in the movie The Wizard of Oz. I do feel there are a few scenes in the book that are not necessary to the story line that are of a sexual nature and also it irritates me that there is profanity. I was hoping that my daughter would be able to read this as well and I will have to wait a few years until she is old enough. Other than that, this book takes you on a ride that you don't want to end. It is a must read and a keeper.
summerjet More than 1 year ago
What a great book! Loved it so much that I ran out and got tickets for the play. Hard to feel sorry for someone like a wicked witch...but you do. I'm not even that big of a fan of Oz but this book is really well written.
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The concept of the story is wonderful. This would have been a 5-Star book if written by Tolkien or C.S. Lewis. Maguire is limited in his descriptive powers and there is a lot of content that just doesn't make sense. It doesn't move the story forward, it only confuses it. The unnecessarily detailed sex scenes (which are perverse unto themselves), aren't needed. At times it leaves me wondering what the real purpose of the story is. Sadly this is the best book of the series and things only get more convoluted as you move along in the series. There was a lot of potential here, but it was side-tracked on dead-end details and confusing perversions.
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keyofheartless More than 1 year ago
I have become a FANATICAL Wicked/Gregory Maguire fan - I love the Wicked series and it has become very close to my heart, and I now have all of his other available pieces as well. My friend bought me this beautiful, gilded paged version for me and I was absolutely thrilled. I ONLY wish that the two remaining books in the series were turned into matching publications (though Out of Oz might need to be its own book for the sake of length.)
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I really hope that they would do another bind up of the next two books in the Wicked series. That way the whole collection would look nice and beautiful on my bookshelf. This is such a eye catching edition. I hope they carry it on to the next two books. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved reading this novel it is incredable deatailed I love his works and will continue to read them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, except for the language in some parts...
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EHD More than 1 year ago
Beautifully bound, vibrant colors, and a perfect addition to my library!
IgnisSerpentus More than 1 year ago
Not the greatest book Ok first, the leatherbound edition: Its gorgeous! Absolutely stunning. I love the leatherbound series and there are a bunch of books Im planning to get (barring the ones Ive already bought) The only thing I'm wondering though, is why B&N bothered to bind this book in leather. Surely, it doesn't quite fit with the other editions to the leatherbound series. Coz this book is... uh.... not even in the same LEAGUE as the other classics that have been bound. Now for the book review: So my review is going to be half and half. I was pretty excited to read this book, based on the short premise I had read. The jist, or so I thought, was the re-telling of the story of the Wizard of Oz, but from the witch's perspective. Ok, this could be good! In an evil kind of way. I expected evil. Pure, unadulterated evil. That is, afterall, what the wicked witch of the west is supposed to be. What I got was an awkward green person who never had anything go right in her lifetime --- despite the claim that she would rise to a huge fate, yet... she couldn't even do magic. Uh, what??? If an awkward life of pain is something to aspire to, why bother with life at all? And in spite of all, while she wasn't pure by any stretch of the imagination, she upheld something of an innocence to her, that is just a turn off when it comes to WHO she was ACTUALLY supposed to be. I waited for her to turn totally revolting..... but even toward the end, it was just.... not believably so. And the greatness she was supposed to achieve??? It never happened. Also, its a bit tawdry... I'm not even sure why, exactly. But even all the eroticism displayed in the book was.... I dunno, bland at best. Thrown in for shock value, perhaps?? Plus, sex with animals is pretty gross lol Freud would have a field day with this guy. Sexuality for the mere sake of it, does not make a good read. It was wrought with a lot of political prowess... which I found to be quite boring. That isn't to say that someone may not take an interest in all the political leanings. Even that, would have been a fine pill to swallow, if the expectation of greatness was there, with Elphie - alas, it fell flat on its face there too. HOWEVER... I realize... having grown up with the Wizard of Oz, that I had certain expectations.... maybe even unruly ones. Had I not known of the story beforehand, and treated this book as a stand-alone story... I prolly wouldn't have been disappointed. Or at least, not AS much so. On its own, it was a okay enuff book.... I just think that if you go in with certain expectations, or even referring to the Wizard of Oz, you may actually end up slightly bitter. Oh and DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN READ IT. Not for kiddies. Newp, it sure is not. I don't think I will bother to read the sequel "Son of a Witch" either.... it had pretty terrible reviews, and based on my experience of Wicked, would probably be as bad. If not worse. I'm not one to turn off readers coz I personally didn't like something, however.... so I will say, if you're interested, read it and decide for yourself. You will most likely, anyway.
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elliot-scott More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell a lie. Starting this book was like jumpstarting my Green Geo-Tracker, that was probably worth more in scrap metal; it took many tries to get going. However, after 50 pages in, I realized just how difficult it was to let it go. Re-imagining L. Frank Baum's original novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is adventuresome, but to take the 1939 American classic, The Wizard of Oz, and give it a dark twist? That takes…courage. Yes, that pun was intended. The incredible imagination of Gregory Maguire kept me hypnotized, trying to crack open the deep connections between every character, every moment, every unsuspected turn. Wicked, at times, baffled this reader by often cutting me off just in a moment of comprehension, leaving important significance dangling, just out of reach. The green heroin Elphaba, or the Wicked Witch of the West, endures one misfortune after the other, giving an inside look to the complexity of good and evil, by stretching out all the shades of gray in her life, as well as the rest of Oz.
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