By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil struggle 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 isn't any Yellow Brick highway. 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 through 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 gone shrill with battle 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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It舗s distinctly offensive. Creepy. Almost transparent. 舡 舠That much isn舗t transparent, I舗m afraid. 舡 舠Cats don舗t usually last as long as this one clearly has,舡 said Brrr. 舠That舗s my guess. A cat gets old, its fur goes white, it dies. This one舗s got some years on it, looks like, and if cat fur is white to start out with, how much paler can it go? 舡 He rubbed the cat舗s arthritic spine, and a net of hairs came off on the pad of his paw. He held them out. Each hair looked like nothing so much as a thread of glass.
I舗m not talking about my own hide. I mean I舗m decked out in a gentleman舗s item. A bespoke article. It swims on me a bit, since I舗m leaner than I once was, but it舗s a Rampini original. Teck-fur detailing, with a kind of red highlight. 舡 舠No, but I can smell it,舡 she said. 舡 The cozy old invalid was sneering at him. He unsheathed his claws, just for a moment. Let her droopy ears catch the release of each horny talon from its velvet socket. 舡 he said. Plaintively, almost a miaow, to the castanet shuffle of his claws sliding against one another.
Besides, I haven舗t those curving shrimplike fingers you have. 舡 He was trying for a jocular tone, but it seemed to lack smack, and the hunter舗s distress was, well, distressing. Brrr pawed about, keeping a fair enough berth, sniffing and tossing his mane. 舠So this is a hunter舗s trap, and you舗re a hunter. And I舗ve just put the two concepts together. 舡 舠I舗ll give you anything. Every nickel florin I own. 舡 舠Nicely done up. 舡 舠Cottages filled with the fathers of hunters? 舡 The man fell back, stunned into silence, and then began to weep.
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, Book 3) by Gregory Maguire