Fantasy Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn’t like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They’d joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

My mission? Kill Dorothy. Except my job as assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down—and try to figure out what I’m really doing here.

Amy failed in killing Dorothy, so now she’s on the run with her companions and separated from the rest of the Order. Yet Amy still has one mission: to collects the Tin Man’s heart (which she already has), the lion’s courage, and the Scarecrow’s brain. Hopefully, these things can help her take down Dorothy.

The Wicked Will Rise is the sequel to Dorothy Must Die, a dark and unique take on the continuation of The Wizard of Oz story. Dorothy, who saved Oz from the Wicked Witch turns out to be more evil and twisted than the “Wicked” witches. And the witches who formed the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, may not be wholly without fault but they aren’t nearly as evil as Dorothy and Glinda have become. This well-paced novel is full of danger, suspense, magic, and colorful characters. I am thoroughly enjoying this captivating series. The climactic finale has several twists and ends a bit abruptly. Readers will be eagerly awaiting the next in this exhilarating series.

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