Book Review: Oz The Complete Collection Volume 5 by L. Frank Baum


Oz The Complete Collection Volume 5

Simon & Schuster (Paperback), 2013

576 Pages 


The three concluding titles of the iconic Oz series, now in one collection!

In The Magic of Oz, the mischievous Kiki Aru has discovered a magical word that can transform him and anyone else into whatever he wants. Worse yet, Kiki has been recruited by the villainous Nome King in his latest attempt to get revenge on Princess Ozma and all her friends. Can Dorothy and the Wizard stop the evildoers before they conquer Oz? Or will Kiki’s incredible powers finally give the Nome King the revenge he has craved for so long?

In Glinda of Oz, Dorothy and Ozma journey to a remote part of Oz to stop a war between the Flatheads and the Skeezers. But the Flatheads and Skeezers have a different idea. Soon Ozma and Dorothy are trapped in an amazing crystal-domed city on an enchanted island. The watertight city submerges itself, and only the Wizard and Glinda can save them—but will they make it in time?

In The Royal Book of Oz, the Scarecrow goes to search for his family roots. He returns to the cornfield where Dorothy first found him and discovers that he is the Long Lost Emperor of the Silver Island. Will he decide to stay there? Or will he return to Oz? 


On the east edge of the land of Oz, the Munchkin Country, is a big, tall hill called Mount Munch. On one side, the bottom of this hill just touches the Deadly Sandy Desert that separates the Fairyland of Oz from all the rest of the world, but on the other side, the hill touches the beautiful, fertile country of the Munchkins.



This was my first read through of each novel in this volume. 


I really enjoyed The Magic of Oz. I liked the new character especially Kiki. His power was really interesting. When I was a kid I used to imagine I could transform myself into anything or anyone I wanted to be. I liked the way Baum handles this in The Magic of Oz. The Nome King makes another appearance. He’s turned up so many times by now I see him more as a comical distraction than any villain.


I thought Glinda of Oz was a good read. At least the increasingly annoying Nome King isn’t in this one. I liked reading about some more remote regions of Oz. I liked reading about Dorothy and Ozma being in peril. Does that make me a bad person? Glinda of Oz is a decent end to the series.


I was impressed by the way a different author handled the Oz series. Thompson does an impressive job of making The Royal Book of Oz into a continuation of Baum’s series. I enjoyed this a lot more than some of Baum’s book. The Scarecrow is one of my favourite characters so I liked reading about him again.

I have to be honest – I’m glad to be done with the Oz books. After reading so many Oz novels in succession I started to get heartily sick of reading about Oz and fairies and the Nome King and people being so happy all the fricking time. I’m glad I read the books but I wouldn’t read them all in succession again. I’ve been bored since volume 3.




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