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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
O.Z. Diggs the seventh, descendant of Oz the Great and Terrible Wizard, like all male heirs in his family, was cursed by the wicked witch of the West. Or so the story, which had been passed down through many generations, is told. He was the storyteller now, and the last of his line, fated by the witch's curse never to produce an heir. But he does think he has found a way out. In order to break the curse and thus allow himself and his family to return to Oz, he must be recognised as a descendant of his distant relative. Things seem to be set in motion. He has come across one of the magical staffs owned by Oz, and through it he received a message about a band of good wizards and witches that were also cast out from Oz. They call themselves the Society of the Walking Cane, and he is certain they can help him. But as is always the case, there are those of good, and those of evil, and those of evil will stop at nothing to ensure the witch's curse remains in place. Can he break the curse, or is he fated to be the end of his line? Find out in Ron Baxley, Jr.'s O.Z. Diggs Himself Out.
O.Z. Diggs Himself Out is a spin-off of the popular Wizard of Oz, focusing around the distant descendants of the original Wizard, and a curse bestowed upon his line. Ron Baxley, Jr. writes in an imaginative first person perspective style which, alongside a serious plot, has elements of humour, and also darker humour to it. As stated in the book, the lines between the real adventure and that immortalised through the story have been altered. This allows the author to take something familiar and turn it to their own devices. There is a lot to like about this story, such as adventure and world building. It definitely fits quite nicely into the fantasy genre, and will appeal to that audience. Imaginative, fun, and enjoyable, O.Z. Diggs Himself Out makes for an entertaining read, whether you're a fan of the Wizard of Oz or not.