19. A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years
I've loved Wicked for years now but I am not quite sure when it became The Wicked Years.
In most of Maguire's works, the first 3/4ths of the story are fantastic--great details, characterizations, and plot lines. Then 3/4ths of the way in, his story falls apart a bit and he rushes to get to his ending leaving me feel a bt dissatisfied. When I went to a book signing of his years ago, someone asked about his writing process. He said he writes out an outline of the story, then he starts writing. When he gets about 3/4ths of the way in, he looks at where he wants to go and then makes the story end up there. Yup, I thought, that sounds about right.
This book, however, was the opposite of that. The first part of the book is a bit confusing and jumbled. Part of that is on purpose considering the Lion is not sure of his origins. In addition, there are people, places and events not realy fully explained. However, the story and all its parts come together into a great, complete and satisfying ending. I'm interested in what Maguire has planned next for this Wicked Years saga.