By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil conflict looms in oz., Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his existence to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's course from infancy within the nice Gillikan wooded area isn't any Yellow Brick street. trying 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 a global long past shrill with struggle fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion between Men is written with the sympathy and gear that experience made his books modern classics.
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Extra resources for A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, Book 3)
They turned. 舠I knew you舗d be here sooner or later,舡 said Yackle, 舠but it took me the better part of the season to get up the stairs. 舡 The Lion, not knowing precisely what he was seeing, merely gaped. Sister Hospitality sloped to the floor with the clop of a collapsing ironing board. 舠You seem to have killed her,舡 said the Lion to the newcomer, affably enough. 舡 said Yackle. 舡 The Lion cocked out a sleeved elbow. She gripped it. He guided her to a chair. Her voluminous winding sheets were unstained by ordure or blood; they were merely dusty from having been trailed through the basements.
From the occasional evacuee who stopped to water his horses, Sister Hospitality gleaned what news she could. 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.
Do you know the name of the maunt you have come to ask about? 舡 The Lion steadied the spectacles on his nose. Dander flecked the lenses; no wonder he peered and blinked at the small notebook in his paw. 舠I can舗t read my own writing. 舡 舠Sister Quackle? No, perhaps a C. 舡 Sister Hospitality said carefully, 舠Oh, dear. I wonder if you could mean Yackle. 舡 舠Sir Brrr. We are a convent of holy women. We don舗t trade in prophecies. 舡 舠You haven舗t answered my question. 舡 舠I can舗t possibly answer that question.