I adored Wicked and immediately bought this one to continue the story. It took me a while to figure out why it didn’t click with me. The biggest reason is that Elphaba was the driving force of Wicked. I felt a kinship with her and cared what happened. Unfortunately, I really could care less about Liir. Here’s the rub – I think the writer intends for us to feel this way. Liir considers himself an outsider who doesn’t fit in anywhere and really has almost no purpose in life. By creating that character and using him as the protagonist, the author left us with no one to pull for.
It’s clear there are political and societal undertones to all of these books but while it was natural and drove the story in Wicked, it seemed forced here. There were pockets of action surrounded by pages upon pages of…nothing. Even appearances by Glinda and the Scarecrow can’t save it.
Sad to say I’m giving this one 2/5 stars. If I hadn’t already purchased book three I’d probably stop here.