Lost Characters Return to Oz in the "Black Rainbow" Story Arc
Though a variety of familiar faces consistently populate the realm of Oz in whatever incarnation you subject yourself to, some are relegated to the margins of obscurity no matter how deep you dive. As this new saga of Oz books are coming to fruition, one of the common bonds of these stories is that they owe a debt of inspiration to those lost over the changing times. Sometimes, those with fewer story arcs are ripe for utilization as new books continuously move into the public domain.
For the next book in this new saga, "The Black Rainbow of Oz," two such characters stood out as apropos for the narrative -- Gugu the Leopard King and Sir Hokus of Pokes. The Leopard, a monarch of a forest in the North, was last seen in Baum's own "The Magic of Oz" well over one hundred years ago, while Hokus, the fearless knight of the kingdom, made a handful of appearances in Ruth Plumly Thompson's books before he was retired. The weight of the new threat to Ozians has spurred these minor characters, along with some others, to rise to attention once again and become involved in the conflicts that threaten modern Oz society.
Stay tuned for more character reveals as we inch closer to the release of "The Black Rainbow of Oz," due this Spring.