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

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In this prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a young sorceress, Glinda, steps out of her sheltered life into a world of bitter enemies and loyal friends, unwanted destinies and impossible choices. Experience the heartache of opportunities lost, and the thrill of exciting new adventures; the whimsy and wonder of growing up in the Land of Oz, where magic rules and every freedom comes with a price. More

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About Tarl Telford

Tarl N. Telford (1976- ) is a novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and technical writer. Born the eldest of nine children, Tarl quickly found his place on the bookshelf next to the encyclopedias. After devouring the reference books, he moved on to science fiction, fantasy, westerns, weird fiction, and comics. Then he found more reference books on American history, psychology, game theory, ancient history, and many more.
Tarl annotated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel as part of an interactive app project. His research led to the creation of The Hidden History of Oz, a prequel series set in Oz fifty years before Dorothy. He has written multiple screenplays and stories that include magic, mythology, and the power of dreams. All of these elements are explored in the Hidden History novels.
Tarl is the author of 18 screenplays, two novels, several stage plays, and a few short stories. He is working on several additional novels and stories set in The Hidden History of Oz. He dreams big in a small town 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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