A gripping, raw and edgy story, Gregory Maguire’s Son of a Witch follows a young man named Liir as he grows up in the rapidly-deteriorating city of Oz. Liir may or may not be the son of Elphaba, a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West, whom we previously met in Maguire’s book Wicked. Elphaba is now deceased, having succumbed to Dorothy’s bucket of water, and Liir possesses her cape and broomstick leaving many to assume he too has magical powers. Son of a Witch is not at all like the whimsical tale of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Instead it examines the pain and confusion that can occur when, as the saying goes, good men do nothing. There are many interesting characters here and none of them are completely good nor completely evil. Even Liir, though he is the protagonist, is not necessarily a hero. Son of a Witch is an adult exploration of a fantastic, magical world facing moral dilemmas and decay not unlike our world today.