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Literature / A Lion Among Men

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A Lion Among Men is the third novel of The Wicked Years series by Gregory Maguire. It revolves around a Lion named "Brr", better known as the Cowardly Lion.

In terms of plot, A Lion Among Men does little to move the overarching plot along. It starts out eight years after Son of a Witch and focuses on the Cowardly Lion's story.

There is a war brewing between the Emerald City and Munchkinland. Brrr finds himself caught in the middle of the war-zone when the book starts.

A Lion Among Men provides example of:

  • Breather Episode: The book staunchly refuses to move the series' plot at all, and presumably covers all the loose plot holes that aren't important to the ending of the next book.
  • Mature Animal Story: A Lion Among Men, is about the Cowardly Lion. It's a Darker and Edgier, very adult retelling of his story from cubhood.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Cowardly Lion is named "Brrr" (in-series due to it being the first "word" he says as a cub, but in a meta fashion after Bert Lahr, his actor in the MGM film).
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  • Parental Abandonment: Brrr grew up on his own the Great Gillikin Forest.
  • That Man Is Dead: Traumatized from her ordeal in the previous book, Nor changes her name to "Ilianora" because she sees her carefree past self as dead.


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