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A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, Book 3) by Gregory Maguire

By Gregory Maguire

Whereas civil battle looms in oz., Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his lifestyles to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's direction from infancy within the nice Gillikan wooded area is not any Yellow Brick highway. looking to redress an early mistake, he trudges via a swamp of ghosts, turns into implicated in a bloodbath of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a prison sentence by way of agreeing to function a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of oz..

A portrait of a would-be survivor and a breathtaking glimpse of an international long past shrill with warfare fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion between Men is written with the sympathy and tool that experience made his books modern classics.

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She broke her vows of circumspection to share with her fellow maunts what she learned. By late spring, the four divisions of Emerald City foot soldiers massed on the north bank of the Gillikin River had been joined by a fifth and a sixth. Conscription having thinned the countryside of its farmhands, General Cherrystone released teams of men to assist in harvesting first-growth olives and early kindle-oat. The army then requisitioned most of what it had gathered as its fee for helping out. 舠Indeed,舡 whispered Sister Hospitality, 舠tavern owners are said to be bricking up the better ale behind false walls.

I舗ll give you anything. Every nickel florin I own. 舡 舠Nicely done up. 舡 舠Cottages filled with the fathers of hunters? 舡 The man fell back, stunned into silence, and then began to weep. Quietly, noxiously. The Lion was appalled and faintly offended. This wasn舗t quite as much fun as he舗d imagined. 舡 舠Help is near enough. If not from your clan, then from mine. I just got separated from my pals. Not long ago, really. They probably only made it back to the base camp by now. And look, in case the base camp has pulled up stakes, there舗s a small cadre of the Wizard舗s forces stationed at Tenniken.

In later years as an arriviste in the Emerald City舒having sat through a number of poetry readings舒he found a way to characterize the Great Gillikin Forest. After a second sherry he could wax most convincingly about shrouds of spiderwebs. The dank naves suggested by rows of diseased potterpine, slatted with bars of cold yellow light. The forest floor carpeted with thornberry prickle. The stupid fecundity of the spring, the swift and unrewarding summer, the gloomy autumn, and舒oh hell舒the bone-taxing winter.

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