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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Trail of Tears is a surreal retelling of a classic novel penned by Bob ‘Peeky’ Moyer and forms the next book in The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy following Toto’s Tale. In this second installment in the series, we re-enter Moyer’s Oziian world as it is updated for the twenty-first-century reader, bringing classic and epic fantasy back for a nostalgic trip through the eyes of the little dog, Toto. Filled with zippy dialogue, there are original plot elements from L. Frank Baum’s Oz mixed with new characters and situations, narrated from ‘a true Oziian’ perspective according to our narrator. What results is a surreal journey that recaptures much of the surprise and wonder of its predecessor.
At the 120th anniversary of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its accompanying books, it becomes clear very quickly that author Bob ‘Peeky’ Moyer is a devoted fan of the original who wants to recreate the blast of Technicolor that Oz brought to a truly drab world. Though the dialogue and newer characters are sharply updated for the new generation of readers, there’s a surreal quality to the scenes and plot structure which harks back to the episodic style of the MGM classic movies and Baum’s book series itself. This is very much a novel which knows it’s a novel, encouraging readers to delve into the tale, but also reference and reminisce as they go. For nostalgia and Baum fans, Trail of Tears and The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy will make delightful, highly atmospheric reading.