Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Marvelous Neverland of Oz by Ron Glick.
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the book: Wonderland and the Looking Glass World have been joined to Oz, saving three faery lands from destruction – but nothing is as simple as this when the Cheshire Cat is involved.
Meanwhile, the March Hare leads a renegade army from Wonderland and Mombi plots to bring even more chaos in an effort to escape Oz. Glinda must delve into her own past – but will what she discovers require the greatest sacrifice of all? And as three magical realms seek to find balance, an eternally young boy makes his way to Oz with secrets of yet another faery world – Neverland.
With a faithful eye to the original Baum, Carroll and Barrie classics, The Marvelous Neverland of Oz launches the next exciting chapter in the modern classic Oz-Wonderland series.
My review: This is a book I’ve been waiting semi-patiently for since reading the part about Pan’s shadow flying away in the previous book.
When taking fairy tales or books that are loved by many, it can be difficult to follow through and do the stories justice. As with his previous books in this series, the author’s style remained flexible and true throughout. In many ways, it felt as though I was reading one of the classics this was based on.
The story was easy to follow and fast paced. It may have been too fast as I really got into and didn’t want the book to end, but that’s me and not really a complaint. There are so many minor arcs woven into the overall story that adds to the feel and angst of the characters and their quests.
I thought the characters remained true to their original selves as well as what’s been established in this series. Peter Pan was the lovable, yet maintained the smack-him inducing and frustrating mannerisms that made him so popular. While Dorothy and Alice are well done as well, I have a certain love for the Cheshire Cat. He was my favorite in the original stories and movies and continues to intrigue me.
I have to admit, Glinda’s story arc really has me hooked. I’m ashamed to say, but until reading this series, I never really cared for her. Now I’m hooked on her past and what’s in store for her probably more than the others. It’s hard to choose. lol
Not only am I looking forward to the cat’s continued shenanigans, but also how the overall story plays out. There are two segments left to complete Oz, and I can’t wait to see how Neverland is returned and what the fourth section is. With the story set so far, I’m sure it’s going to be worth the wait.