WOW. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one!! Wicked by Gregory Maguire blew me away with his incredible storytelling and magical worlds. I went into this book having never seen the Broadway show and not really knowing what to expect, other then the fact that this book told the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. This book wasn’t at all what I was anticipating and it was darker than I imagined it to be, but it was pleasantly surprising overall!
DESCRIPTION: Gregory Maguire’s groundbreaking New York Times bestseller redefines the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, viewing the world created by L. Frank Baum through a darker and greener lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers a radical new portrait of one of the most feared and despised villains in all of literature: the universally maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, in Maguire’s imaginative retelling, isn’t nearly as black-hearted as we imagined…
First, the characters in this book are all truly remarkable and complex. I loved learning about Elphaba’s story and following her along her journey. I viewed Elphaba as being incredibly misunderstood and not the evil witch she is portrayed as in The Wizard of Oz. She was very compassionate and heavily involved in advocating for Animal rights and committed to her “cause,” which was incredibly brave and noble of her in a place like Oz, which was full of crooked politics and an evil dictator (the Wizard).
Gregory Maguire is an incredibly talented writer who painted a beautifully complex world that allowed the reader to truly escape from the real world into something magical. The amount of detail that went in to describing these characters and these worlds were truly remarkable. At times, I was almost overwhelmed with how much detail was written in this book and found myself having to re-read some sections to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.
If you are looking for a dark, racy and complex fantasy book that will serve as true escapism while reading, I highly recommend checking out Wicked. After the ending of this book, I’m really curious to read the others in this series and see where Gregory Maguire takes this story. Thank you so much to WilliamMorrow books for gifting me this fascinating (and BEAUTIFUL 25th anniversary edition!) book in exchange for my honest review 💛
BEER RECOMMENDATION: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire is best paired with Wizards and Gargoyles, a delicious hazy coffee IPA brewed in collaboration with Stone Brewing and Modern Times Brewing 🍻