A Lion Among Men, Paperback
2 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The third extraordinary novel in Gregory Maguire's bestselling Wicked series, featuring the beloved Cowardly Lion As civil war looms in Oz, an ancient and tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death.

Before she can return to dust, however, the Cowardly Lion, an enigmatic figure named Brrr, arrives seeking knowledge about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West - the woman who defended him when he was a cub.

But Yackle, too, demands answers of her own. Brilliant and entertaining, A Lion Among Men is another stellar work from the wildly imaginative and talented Gregory Maguire.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages, Map
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780755348220



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This account picks up about 6 or 7 years after Son of a Witch ends.This is mainly the account of Brrr, also called the Cowardly Lion, his life, how he came to be called the Cowardly Lion. His lifelong attempt to be accepted in society, all during a time when Animals were being discriminated against.We also are reacquainted with characters from the previous books. The clock and the dwarf reappear at a junction where the forces from the Emerald City meet up with the Munchinlanders in civil war.While many may have felt this book didn’t go anywhere, I feel it helps add detail and background to some major characters. It also lets us know what has happened to characters we had lost track of and sets the scene for the next book.

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After reading Wicked and Son of a Witch.......Lion Among Men was pathetic. I could not make myself finish it. Very disappointing.

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I don't know what the problem is with me and Mr. Maguire. His works are full of elements that would usually suck me in. They're always twisty retellings of classic children's stories, often dark and even cynical. I LOVE that sort of stuff, usually. But for some reason, I couldn't manage to feel invested in this one, let alone its two predecessors. It's like banging my head against a wall - "But... but... I should be loving this!" Sorry, but no.<br/><br/>To be honest, I didn't actually hate it either, which only adds to the general feeling of perplexity. There's no obvious reason why it should be bad. Well, maybe the aimlessness of the plot - most of the time, you have to look really hard to find any notion that the story is moving forward, or backward, or anywhere else. But outside of that, it's a mystery to me.<br/><br/>Anyway, I liked this one better than Son of a Witch, so I'm going to give it 3 stars, then promptly avoid eye contact with it for the rest of my life. Awkward.<br/><br/>edit: okay, 2 stars it is.

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