To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....
But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?
I received an ARC from Harper360 in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: *May contain spoilers from book one* I really enjoyed the twisted and reworked Oz that Danielle Paige created in Dorothy Must Die (see my review here). After the dramatic ending of book one I've been waiting to return to Amy's adventures in Oz.
In The Wicked Will Rise the action picks up right after the conclusion of book one. Amy is fleeing from Dorothy and the Wicked are splintered. I love the concept behind the story and the many twists keep things interesting by helping the action to flow.
The Amy we see in this book is much darker than the Amy we initially met. She's come a long way from the bullied, downtrodden country girl. It was interesting to witness her becoming more powerful throughout the book.
I did notice a few people comment on how Dorothy Must Die was too long. This shouldn't be a problem with The Wicked Will Rise because it seemed much shorter. We catch up with some of our old favs and meet some interesting new characters (I loved the rainbow chapters) - I'm not going to say more because I don't want spoil any of the plot.
I often struggle with reworking/retelling popular stories because they sometimes detract from the original - With this series I feel that because the books are so different from The Wizard of Oz, the twist works. Paige manages to include updated versions of the main elements from the original but puts her own spin on events. I like the dark and more sinister version of the Oz story. Be prepared for another cliffy and one hell of an ending!
4 Stars in my Sky!
The FFF debate has had no influence on my review, which is based solely on how I felt about the book & the writing.