Lion (Faeries of Oz #0.5) by Amber R. Duell, Candace Robinson
Expected publication D4ate : October 13th 2020
Published by : Enabled
Genre : Dark Fantasy
Pages : 28
*** Note : I received e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author. ***
Langwidere has an obsessive habit—collecting heads. She wears a new one each day, changing them out like she does her ivory dresses. But Landwidere doesn’t have the one thing she truly wants: complete power over the territories in Oz. When Lion—the once cowardly fae—shows up at her doorstep, he offers her an opportunity to achieve her desires. Will he use the courage the Wizard gave him to help her succeed, or will he betray her in the process?
This is a short story prequel to the Faeries of Oz trilogy.
Lion was a prequel novella, dark fantasy set in darker times of Oz that is not sparkling land anymore. It revolved around the headless witch and the cowardly Lion who is not coward anymore. It was about game of power, control, deceit, and manipulations.
Writing was engaging. It was third person narrative, alternative dual perspective from Lion and the headless witch. In this short 28 pages novella author packed lot of curiosity and darkness. We get the idea of what has become of land of Oz after Dorothy left back to Kansas, how Wizard Oz power has dwindled because of addiction and Lion wanted a purpose in life after he got his courage. Oz was off to secret mission, giving Lion a task that had something to deal with headless witch, a fae, who had her own plans, she wanted to be queen and rule over Fae lands, lands of Oz.
Characters were interesting, mysterious, and unreliable. Lion was now brave and cocky who no longer shied from anything, not even killing and had the air of mystery. At first I thought he planned to deceive the witch but by the end of the novella I couldn’t trust my own theory. The headless witch, Langwidere was scary, heartless witch. Her past story, description of her house filled with her collection of heads and her original face and what she did with it was creepy. Chemistry between Lion and Lanwidere sizzling. I’m curious to read more about these two and what will be the end of their relationship.
World was amazing. I have read only first book Oz ages ago so I cannot say much how the original world looked like or compare but this one was dark, gory, gritty and edgy. It’s definitely not for kids. The end was perfect. It left me curious to find out what Oz had planned and what Lion was doing with headless witch was a deception or if he was betraying Oz and will witch’s heart change after spending time with Lion and what she was planning next and what will happen once Dorothy re-enters Oz lands and meet Tin in next book.
Overall, Lion was quick and mysterious read, a perfect prequel to series providing the glimpse of twisted and dark lands of Oz that had turned into game of power and deception.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in comments what you think about this book and my review, if you have read this already or any books by the same author. Did you like or enjoy Oz series or you like retellings more?
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