I liked this book even better than its prequel, Wicked. It continues the story from the point of view of someone who was a child in the first book. It switches back and forth from the past to the present for the first half or so of the book, and does so very cleverly. When the present is being narrated you are wondering how the characters got to this point, and when the past is being narrated you are wondering how that past led to the present you’ve read about. Its all very interesting and keeps you into the story.
This book is even more adult than the last, including more than hints of the adult themes that were hinted at in the first book. There is less political intrigue, which made the second story make more sense to me but makes it feel a little like the author abandoned a piece of the first story without explanation.
The ending is clearly a segue to another sequel, and I would love to read it if there ever is one. I had a lot of fun with this book, and even think I caught some subtle references to some of the “Wizard of Oz” sequels, including how Ozma was kept hidden.