A Lion Among Men
A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
Originally published 2008, 2011 Paperback edition.
While civil war looms in Oz, Brrr- the Cowardly Lion- surrenders the story of his life to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. Abandoned as a cub, Brr's path from infancy in the Great Gillikan Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.