this last Oz story from L. Frank Baum opens, Dorothy Gale
and Ozma have been dispatched by Glinda on a peacekeeping
mission. It appears that war is imminent between two of the
Oz peoples; the Flatheads and the Skeeters. The Flatheads
(so named because the upper portion of their heads are missing
leaving their brains subject to loss), live in a mountain
top citadel and are led by the despotic Su-dic, who is preparing
to attack the Skeezers. The Skeezers are led by a domineering
young queen, who has a dark secret.
successfully dealing with a number of challenges as they penetrate
to the far corner of Oz where these two groups live an isolated
existence, Dorothy and Ozma discover that the Skeezers live
in a glass-domed city in the center of Magic Lake. For added
defensive measure, the island and its city can be lowered
into the lake until it is completely submerged.
and Ozma soon learn that the two strong-willed leaders are
not to be dissuaded from war, and that intervention will be
needed to avoid a disaster for the people. So Ozma returns
to the Emerald City, obtains consent from a Council of State
of the leading personages of Oz, and launches an expeditionary
force to intervene between the Skeezers and Flatheads.
before they can arrive, Dorothy discovers the real secret
of why the two leaders are carrying their people into war,
and obtains help from a young Skeezer boy, Euric, to correct
the situation. But first she must discover the magic to escape
from the submerged city and foil the initial attack by Su-dic.
Euric proves resolute and courageous on his quest, braving
very powerful magic from Reera the Red, a witch who hold the
key to success.
enchanting tale keeps the reader engrossed in the mystery
surrounding the conflict between these two Oz peoples, and
how it will be ultimately resolved in the best of Ozian traditions.
1. This is the second of two posthumously published Oz books.
L. Frank Baum died on May 6, 1919.
2. The full title was Glinda of Oz: In Which Are
Related the Exciting Experiences of Princess Ozma of Oz, and
Dorothy, in Their Hazardous Journey to the Home of the Flatheads,
and to the Magic Isle of the Skeezers, and How They Were Rescued
from Dire Peril by the Sorcery of Glinda the Good.