in the blue Munchkin Country, in the Lost Lake of Orizon,
you will find the five Ozure Islands. Twenty-five years ago
- before Dorothy's farmhouse landed on the Wicked Witch of
the East, the royal family of the Munchkins, including King
Cheeriobed and Prince Philador, were imprisoned on the Ozure
Islands by the old witch Mombi (who was first introduced in
The Marvelous Land of Oz
and then mixed up more mischief in The
Lost King of Oz). After abducting the lovely Queen Orin,
Mombi placed a fire breathing, smoke snorting, horrible water
monster called Quiberon in the lake to guard her prisoners.
now demands a mortal maiden and the only ones in Oz reside
in the Emerald City (Dorothy, Trot, Betsy Bobbin...). It is
up to Prince Philador to rid his people of Quiberon once and
for all and to find his mother the Queen. He is aided by the
Great Mo-Gull (king of all the land and sea birds) and High
Boy, the giant horse of Oz. High Boy is one of the most remarkable
creatures you will ever meet, who has stilt-like expanding
and contracting legs, so that he can adjust them to travel
over mountains or plains, speeding along with equal ease.
Prince Philador and High Boy race through some remarkable
adventures in this book, including a visit to the Good Witch
of the North for help. But she's not home, so off they go
to the Emerald City. More fun and adventures follow along
the way and we meet Tattypoo (who thinks she's the Good Witch
of the North) and her amiable dragon Agnes, as well as Herby
the medicine man, Benny the "public benefactor",
and many other fascinating Ozzy folk.
back on the Ozure Islands, Akbad the soothsayer decides to
pick the Golden Pear (which was only supposed to be picked
by the Prince and only in an extreme emergency), is given
magical wings and promptly flies to the Emerald City where
he abducts a mortal maiden - the young Trot (who was previously
introduced in L. Frank Baum's The Sea Fairies and Sky Island
and arrived in Oz for The Scarecrow
of Oz). Akbad then takes her back for Quiberon.
if all this isn't confusing and exciting enough, remember
that as in any Oz tale involving the infamous Mombi, not everyone
or everything is who they appear to be!