Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige


Title: The Wicked Will Rise

Author: Danielle Paige

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestsellingDorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

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?

In the second installment, we are following Amy Gumm after she rips the heart out of The Tin Man and plans to hunt down The Lion and The Scarecrow. We meet many characters such as The Queen of the Wingless Monkeys, the fairy of rainbows, and another mysterious character that will remain unsaid (spoilers). I have read a few of the novellas in this series and I felt that that this novel was more of a novella, than it is was a novel. The story didn’t feel like it covered much and was slightly rushed.

In The Wicked Will Rise, we get to see quite some character development in Amy. Amy is no longer receiving guidance on her mission like she did when she was uncover in the palace. Amy is growing more independent as well as confident in herself. Her use with magic is advancing and she is learning to control her dark side. Amy and Nox are reunited in this installment, but the reunion is brief and we do not experience any relationship development between these two, which left me a bit disappointed as I am a fan of Nox. As for Pete and Princess Ozma, there is a wonderful explanation as to why Pete and Princess Ozma are one, but different people. I was completely confused about this situation in the first installment, but the explanation is delivered and quite easy to understand.

I was such a fan of Dorothy Must Die, the first installment of this series. While I did enjoy The Wicked Will Rise, I felt as though it fell short after the first installment. There was so little that was explored in this second installment when the first installment was bursting with adventure, twists and turns, and creativity. I will be waiting for the third installment in this series and hopefully the series will redeem itself after this installment.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author

Danielle Paige

Danielle lives in NY. Before turning to YA, she worked in television & was nominated for several Daytime Emmy’s. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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