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(Faeries of Oz #0.5)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Langwidere has an obsessive habit—collecting heads. She wears a new one each day, changing them out like she does her ivory dresses. But Landwidere doesn’t have the one thing she truly wants: complete power over the territories in Oz. When Lion—the once cowardly fae—shows up at her doorstep, he offers her an opportunity to achieve her desires. Will he use the courage the W ...more
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Published October 13th 2020 by Enabled
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Lion is a prequel short story to the new series Faeries of Oz, written by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell. It releases this fall, and I already have the first book, Tin, lined up to read later this month. Consider this a multi-genre experience that focuses on several intriguing aspects of the childhood favorite, Wizard of Oz, that so many of us love. Although I've read the book and seen the movie and the Broadway play, Wicked, I know very little about the other books in the original series. ...more
Candace Robinson
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
And like that, a Lion prequel to Tin became born! Also featuring Langwidere who is a head collector!
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku-books, novella
This is a prequel, but it felt more like I'd been dropped into the middle of the story. Needed way more development and depth.

Acquired via KU.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy from Amber and Candace the authors, all thoughts are completely my own

Being straight forward here, this is definitely NOT the "beloved" children's classic and man does that make me happy.

This book is definitely dark. It sets the stage that this series is going to be really dark.

Fae, sex, murder, who doesn't love those, am I right?

If you're looking for a quick read, enjoy really dark stories, fae, sexy times (I'm not talking sensual here) or are looking for a different take o
Lions and tigers and bears…oh my! Changing a well-loved tale that has survived the decades, OH MY! The Land of Oz as you have never imagined it, years after Dorothy left, Oz has become something painfully different, and the Cowardly Lion no longer exists. In his place, a dark fae who plans to use his gift of courage for his own benefit in a game of power and control and deceit.

Okay, I admit it, I love the works of authors Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell, but they had me pretty shook up to di
S.G.D. Singh
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sinister, sexy, and chilling! It will leave you eager to see these despicable characters get their delicious comeuppance—and absolutely breathless to know what happens NEXT!❤️💕
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
I've been wanting to read this prequel ever since I first heard about this series. The Faeries of Oz is a twisted take on the Wizard of Oz and I cannot be more excited! This one features LION and his betrayal of Oz and in a sense, Dorothy as well. He is siding with a witch named Langwidere who collects heads to adorn. I would actually like to know more background information about Lion and Langwidere. These are the not the same characters we all know and love. What has happened since Dorothy lef ...more
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
*** Note : I received e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author. ***

Lion was a prequel novella, dark fantasy set in darker times of Oz that is not sparkling land anymore. It revolved around the headless witch and the cowardly Lion who is not coward anymore. It was about game of power, control, deceit, and manipulations.

In this short 28 pages novella author packed lot of curiosity and darkness. We get the idea of what has become of land of Oz aft
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
I have a complicated relationship with short prequel stories. In theory, I love them. In practice, I rarely do. This was one of those cases. In theory, this was the perfect read for me – a creepy introduction to the Faeries of Oz series. In reality, it did not work for me – it just wasn’t enough for me.

Don’t get me wrong, the idea behind this one was great. However, I could not connect at all. Was it trying to be creepy or sexy? Was it aiming for a combination of both? Clearly, I’m in the minori
Gerardo Delgadillo
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't lose your head over LION, the prequel to the Faeries of Oz series! Lion, our gentle friend from the original Oz, is now the opposite of gentle and more on a wild-beast. So after meeting Langwidere, Lion sees an opportunity to make some dough if he has the courage to collect a head or two or five? The detail is, Langwidere is a headhunter, as in human heads, and she loves to wear them! *Cringe* Will Lion lose his head over Langwidere? Who knows, but some heads will roll!
Michelle (Witchy Books)
Langwidere has an obsessive habit—collecting heads. She wears a new one each day, changing them out like she does her ivory dresses. But Landwidere doesn’t have the one thing she truly wants: complete power over the territories in Oz. When Lion—the once cowardly fae—shows up at her doorstep, he offers her an opportunity to achieve her desires. Will he use the courage the Wizard gave him to help her succeed, or will he betray her in the process?

My Thoughts:
This was a great intro this
Janet Womack
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This prequel to Tin was fabulous. It drew me in from the first page. I love this twisted take on OZ. It is a decidedly more adult take on the characters from our childhood. I can't wait to read Tin and see what happens next. ...more
Jenny Hickman
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received and ARC from the author and really enjoyed this novella. It was a short, quick read, that really set the scenes for TIN. A truly unique take on OZ that’s dark and magical and delightfully twisted.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Ooh this prequel has me so excited to read book one of the Faeries of Oz trilogy. I love this idea of what Oz is like after Dorthy returns home. It is dark, and I cannot get enough. Langwidere is delightfully evil, and I can't wait to see what she does next.

***I voluntarily read a complimentary ARC of this book.***
Amanda Hagerty
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to start off by saying that I received this e arc copy of this book from the author. In return for my honest thoughts and my review. Before I get into my review I want to share that The Wizard of Oz is a very special story to me. I got my first copy when I was 10 years old. And I haven’t read a retelling of it at all. But when I got this copy I knew I had to read my first retelling. This retelling is something else. These authors did amazing job. And this is only the prequel. What a way t ...more
Alexa Whitewolf
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s funny - my recollection of Oz is kid’s stuff. This is totally not kid’s stuff, and I mean that in a good way! It’s fast paced and enthralling and makes you want to dive into more. I loved the dynamic between Langwediere and Lion & the foreshadowing of what’s to come! The world building was totally on point
Amber Hodges
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I DEVOURED this prequel! From someone who actually doesn't like Wizard of Oz too much (I know, I'm sorry!) I was pleasantly surprised how much this drew me in. I love the aspect of the Fae and the typical need for control the fae possess and how the authors have nailed that trait. It sucks you in and makes you unable to stop reading no matter what is going on around you. Lion is a treat to see in a different light from his usual cowardice and I look forward to following him further. I cannot wai ...more
Amber R. Duell
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Oh, Lion, Lion, Lion...
Not that I'm bias as one of the authors, but it was so much fun writing this sequel! :)
Ann Hupe
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Not bad for a prequel.

Yes, it's a prequel. Yes, it leaves off in the middle of the mystery, but it's not critical, not like a cliffhanger. It really just sets up the story, not like The Hobbit setting up the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Hardly. But it does dangle an interesting possible adventure, especially when this is the first time I've ventured into this particular universe.

I'm a huge fan of the Oz universe by Baum. I've read the original novels, not just the first, complete with the exquisit
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Lion”, the prequel to Candace Robinson & Amber R. Duell “Faeries of Oz”, a series that offers a brand-new, organically expanded and evolved version of the Wizard of Oz, intended for mature readers that takes places a decade after the events of the original.

After Dorothy has gone home, Oz has evolved and her denizens with it. The once cowardly Lion has strip out his cowardice long ago and is now working for the wizard, who seem to become even more erratically by the moment. Lion’s latest assign
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jumping jupiter jasper! This immensely talented, uniquely gifted and extremely impressive dynamic duo unleashes one helluva ground shaking spin with this tumultuous rollercoaster ride, laying out some fervent facts, undesirable lessons and relentless drive, launching this gem to staggering heights. Swapping hats and stacking the deck exposing the torturous struggles and tumultuous triumphs unfold as the deadly twists and perilous turns explode, jumping hoops and
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what happened after Dorothy returned to Kansas and her friends were left in Oz? Well, this dark and twisted prequel by Amber R. Duell and Candace Robinson to their new series may give you answers you're not expecting. Lion is short at only 28 pages, but it certainly isn't lacking in anything I've come to expect from Candace Robinson whose other books I've read. Amber R. Duell is a new author to me, but I can see her and Candace becoming an unstoppable writing duo as Lion i ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this take on the Wizard of Oz, I am always a sucker for re-writes and was very intrigued with how Lion and the Wizard were portrayed. There is some steam in this book but what really drew me in is that Lion is just looking for someone to need him and he was abandoned by everyone else. I also enjoy that there are different characters included in the story and not just the first characters found in the Wizard of Oz. I am excited to see what is going to happen next in this seri ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and unique prequel to a series that will have elements of The Wizard of Oz. This prequel starts after Dorothy has already returned to Kansas; the story takes place in Oz. The Wizard is not doing well; he has weaknesses, he asks something of Lion. Lion wants to be needed; bravery and being honorable don’t always go hand in hand. There’s also another witch with aspirations to rule all; she’s depraved and arrogant. This one is definitely steamier than other Candace Robinson books I’ve r ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I want to start by saying this isn't exactly a prequel, but more of a short story that takes place before Tin. The book doesn't explain the world or set up the story of Tin so much as just give a short explanation about how Lion met Langwidere. With that being said, it was an interesting little side story that is a super quick read and adds to the series overall. It would be fun to read the story of how Langwidere became the head stealer we know her to be though! Maybe that will come at some poi ...more
This is a short little prequel to help you understand Lion & Landwidere before reading the first book in the series. It’s basically a dark romance horror story. It is important in order to understand these characters and their role in Tin. It’s pretty freaky and very descriptive. The authors did a great job at setting up their motives and their relationship with each other, and also their feelings toward Dorothy. It is short, but flows perfectly into Tin. This is already an amazing series and I’ ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell for giving me access.

Talk about STEAMY! Lion may have found his courage in Oz, but now he is so much more than we ever could have imagined!

This quick novella gives you just a taste of what to expect from Tin, but with a whole different adulting agenda. Heads will roll, in more than one way.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great retelling of the Wizard of Oz in a wildly weird story take with a paranormal bent. It was a bit steamy and set up the series wonderfully. It gives a great background into why Lion does what I assume he is going to do once I get to read book 1. Loved the characters introduced and cannot wait to see what happens next. The setup of the series is awesome and a bit dark.
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant read.
Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start.
Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable.
Great drama and romance with wonderful world building.
Can't wait to read what the author brings out next.
Recommend reading.

I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
Jennifer Hernandez
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Been Wanting To Read This

I get the author's newsletter and was really excited when she started taking about Tin. This it's prequel, but it sort of feels more like we were dropped in the middle of a story. It was nice to learn how the Lion came to want Dorothy's head. I just wish there was more character development, because the witch's backstory seems so interesting.
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Amber R. Duell is a native of Central New York but currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and two sons. She survives on caffeine and baked goods. When not reading or writing, she enjoys snowboarding, embroidering, staying up way too late to research genealogy, and discovering real-life adventures.

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