Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: The Witch Queens

The Witch Queens (The Hidden History of Oz, #1)

The Witch Queens

By Tarl Telford

Summary: In this epic prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, young sorceress Glinda and her friends battle the tyrannical Wicked Witches and learn the true cost and responsibility of freedom.

The Witch Queens
Fifteen year-old Glinda is destined to one day become the most powerful sorceress in the land of Oz, but that day is still a long way off. Today she has much more pressing concerns - making sure that her hair is just wild enough to drive her sorceress mother crazy during the exotic Abracadabra Bazaar. But Glinda’s red-haired rebellion sets off a series of events that launch the Wicked Witches to power and embroil the land in war.
Glinda’s fiery red hair (and matching temper) have made her some powerful enemies. Kalinya rules the land of the East, but hungers for greater power. Ondri-baba desires the West and controls the Sandy Armies. Mombi seeks political power and allies herself with the new king, Pastoria, of the Emerald Lands. The lines are clearly drawn, with the freedom of all Oz hanging in the balance.
Driven from her home in the North, and running for her life, Glinda is no match for the allied Wicked Witches and their Sandy Armies. Not even the Winged Monkeys, slaves to a powerful magic, can turn the tide in this war.
The dream of freedom comes from a mysterious “wizard”, transported from pre-Civil War America, and his stories of revolution and liberty. These dreams spread and the inspired army grows daily. War clouds the entire land. In the wake of this upheaval, a city of emerald is built on principles of individual freedom, liberty, and responsibility.

The Hidden History of Oz, Book One: The Witch Queens is a powerful adventure for all ages. Join Glinda and her friends as they battle against tyranny and discover the true responsibility of freedom.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Published: July 11, 2012
Similar: The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
My Rating: 4 stars
I read this book after watching Oz the Great and Powerful in theaters and was pleasantly surprised at the creativity of the story. This book is a must-read for fans of Wizard of Oz!

Unlike Oz the Great and Powerful, this story focuses on Glinda more than Oscar. I liked the original take on Glinda's personality; rather than being a goodie two shoes who likes to float around in bubbles--not that there's anything wrong with that--Glinda has a rebellious streak, and clashes with her mother often, which starts the chain of events in the book. I wasn't sure that Tarl Telford could pull off this personality twist, but he did it well. Oh, and she's a bookworm! YAY!

And then Oscar (The wizard) comes, and there's a bit of romance! His character also is a bit different from what I was expecting; he is way less cocky then in the movie, and much sweeter, in my opinion. I liked him.

You are also introduced to some new characters: Glinda's loveable friend Winkie-Kells, Omby-Amby, and many more.

The story is brilliantly told; it is somewhat dark at some parts, and has that hint of Frank Baum's original writing in it. It explains exactly how Oz came to be like it was when Dorothy arrived in a very unique and pageturning way, and leaves no detail out. It was a great story, and I enjoyed reading it!

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