Although Gregory Maguire has written interesting stories around Oz, this isn’t one of them. The cowardly lion seems to have some potential, but it just isn’t met. He wanders through the story passively reacting to everything around him and not learning from his experiences. The author seems to recognize this shortcoming and suggests some growth in the last chapter, but it was too little and too late to save the story.
Much of the story is spent exchanging stories with Mother Yackle, who is a much more interesting character than Sir Brrr, the Cowardly Lion. He was doing some investigation for the wizard, and spends much of the book with her, recanting his stories in exchange for information.
The first two books in the series are worth reading, but stop there.
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