By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil warfare looms in ounces, Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his existence to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's course from infancy within the nice Gillikan wooded area is not any Yellow Brick street. trying to redress an early mistake, he trudges via a swamp of ghosts, turns into implicated in a bloodbath of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a prison sentence by means of agreeing to function a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of oz..
A portrait of a would-be survivor and a wide ranging glimpse of an international long past shrill with struggle fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion between Men is written with the sympathy and gear that experience made his books modern classics.
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The pheromones of panic and anxiety (the young soldier舗s and the young Lion舗s, both). The salty sting of male sweat, and the cinnamony reek of human feces. Dried urine (faintly aphrodisiacal), dried blood (an astringent to the curled outer segments of Brrr舗s olfactory fissures). And mold, but not common leaf mold. This was mold on parchment that had been sized with bleaching. Brrr had few words for those apprehensions, which were nonetheless tantalizingly distinct. He followed his nose and discovered a satchel of four books.
I do pickup secretarial work to make ends meet. Now, to business. I am dispatched by the Lord High Magistrate of the Emerald City to make enquiries of a member of your舒tribe? Flock? Whatever it is a body of maunts calls itself. 舡 舠I舗ve heard that lions consort together in a pride,舡 said Sister Hospitality. 舠Those that let others join,舡 interjected Brrr. 舡 舠Call us a deference of maunts, if you must. And deferential, then, within reason, we舗ll try to help. Do you know the name of the maunt you have come to ask about?
Why is it taken from its mother at such an early age? 舡 舠Those are impertinent questions to the academic issue at hand,舡 said the Doctor. 舠Still, the youthful heart bleeds easily. The mother, shall we say, died in a sadly timed explosion舰舡 Deposition of an Oracle 舦 1 舦 THE TIME came for her to die, and she would not die; so perhaps she might waste away, they thought, and she did waste, but not away; and the time came for her to receive final absolution, so they set candles upon her clavicle, but this she would not allow.
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, Book 3) by Gregory Maguire