The Witch Queens (The Hidden History of Oz, Book One)

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In this prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, young sorceress Glinda and a ventriloquist
from pre-Civil War America battle against the Wicked Witches for the freedom of Oz. They
learn the cost and true responsibility of freedom. More

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About Tarl Telford

Tarl Telford (1976- )learned early that doing things the hard way is always the most educational. Born to a family that loved books, he grew up on paperback editions of Asimov, Bradbury, Piers Anthony and Louis L'Amour. A love for story and a keen eye for detail drew him to writing starting from an early age.
Tarl works as a technical writer, taking the words of others, discovering overall meaning, then weaving them into a clearly understandable finished product.
He annotated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and discovered many stories that required this type of technical analysis to complete. This project became the genesis of The Hidden History of Oz saga.
He is a student of history and a proponent of freedom and individual responsibility. These themes resonate in all his works.
The Hidden History of Oz, Book One: The Witch Queens, is his first published novel.
Tarl keeps a dream journal, which he adds to daily. He lives in Texas with his red-haired wife.

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Review by: peachcobbler on June 24, 2013 :
Talented Author

Tarl is very talented at painting pictures with words and in bringing various emotions to the forefront as the reader experiences each scene. The understanding of what happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy comes in, is all beginning to be portrayed here. The
characterizations of the witches, the wars and why and how they happen, and the desires of the different groups and people, is all coming together in this magical story leaving one definitely wanting to know more.

Glinda, the Good Witch, is beginning to know herself and her powers and her importance as the events in the story continue to unfold. I can visualize the scenes and characters very well and easily feel their emotions. I particularly liked the feelings invoked when I read the conversations between Glinda and the winged monkey, King Klick, as they talked about the freedom of his people. This was a defining moment for Glinda and left me with some pondering and strong emotions as King Klick went through some death defying moments and as Oscar explained his feelings to Glinda on those soul searching events and questioned her motivations.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the contraptions mentioned throughout the story, such as the hamstrambulator.

The visual in my mind of the Ruby Palace coming down left me stunned and wondering what will happen next. I was asking myself, what's so important about the golden cap and the silver slippers? The answers start to come as the story moves on.

The ending was a surprise and sparked my desire for another book to find out how Glinda grew up as she moved through her rebellious teenage years, and what happened to the relationship between her and Oscar.

Tarl gets five stars from me for his intriguing book, which I found hard to put down til I'd finished it. I am looking forward to more stories from him in the near future. I feel somewhat compelled to read some of L. Frank Baum's books to see how everything fits together, as I've only seen the movie "The Wizard of Oz".
(reviewed long after purchase)

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