Son of a Witch - Gregory Maguire, Douglas Smith Son of a Witch starts off slow and takes its time revealing the story. Liir is a very complex character with many hidden qualities that he doesn't even know. Warning though there is a brief mention of homosexual sex. Thankfully, Maguire was very figurative and didn't state the intercourse straight out. Most of the story revolves around Liir's adventures after the death of Elphaba.