I thought it was an interesting concept to do the backstory of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and if executed properly this could have been a good book. The framework of the story is good as exhibited by the musical that was adapted from this novel. Unfortunately the story telling and writing in this novel was subpar. The story winds from Elphaba’s birth through her schooling, meeting the Wizard, all the way through to the time that she is killed by Dorothy. The story moved at a glacial pace. I think it could have been better if the author condensed the timeline of the story and gave it more of a focus. As it stands, it’s very easy to lose interest in the book. I thought the author did a fair job with the characters in the story. Mostly it was the plot and the general writing style that came up short. I would recommend skipping this novel. Watch the musical instead for a better experience.
Carl Alves – author of Blood Street