What a wonderful premise! Write a book from the point of view of a character other than the main character! This author has made a career out of it. This book, Wicked, is the Oz story, written from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West. The author is such a gifted wordsmith - I couldn't stop reading it because I loved LOVED the way he writes. Such a wonderful use of language!
Sorry that it is one of the stupidest books I've ever read. I read it as part of a book-club - about 25 members - and I was the only one who made it through to the end. I finished it only because I didn't want to embarrass myself by being the only one who didn't finish. Little did I know, I was the only one who DID finish.
I hated it so much that I don't really remember much of the story, other than it is filled with gratuitous sex and violence, seemingly for the same reason of gratuitous sex and violence in films - because there's really no actual story or plot, so throw in some screwing to keep the audience happy. Barf.
I tried reading another of this author's books and it's the same - beautiful language - absolutely no story whatsoever. Maybe he should try something other than creative writing - he can write, he just can't tell a story worth a dang.