The Wicked Will Rise: Danielle Paige
The second book in the "Dorothy Must Die" series is a fast paced and energetic page turner. Picking up exactly where the first book left off we are once again transported to the land of Oz which has become a dystopia. Amy Gunn is our anti-herione who may be losing her grip on "reality". Having passed all the training in the first book and aqcuired magical powers it is up to her to lead the "wicked" to stop Dorothy and her trio of now evil henchmen (the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the no longer cowardly Lion).
The stakes are high in the second book as we see the introduction of some new characters and we begin to truly understand the connection between the land of Oz and the state of Kansas. Glinda is revealed to be more of a rival than originally anyone had thought and Amy needs to be able to ask for help in order to complete her task.
Danielle Paige has clearly done her "Oz" homework as her vernacular in the book and attention to detail from the previous thirteen Oz books by L. Frank Baum is astounding. She brings a lot of characters from his work into her own. One of the truly amazing things about this series is how original it is, even though it is borrowing from another authors work. In many ways this book is akin to mash-ups like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and other books that take an already established literary world and add another literary world to it. The results in this case are breathtaking and truly riveting.
This librarian cannot recomend this book enough, but will also remind you that you really need to read the first book to comprehend this volume in the trilogy. We have to wait another year for the third book in the series, but now is a good time for you to sit back, have a sip of iced tea and get transported to this very magical world. If you have not read the first book "Dorothy Must Die" I highly recommend it. Also if you have not read the original series, I also quite highly recommend it. You can also read the review of the first book in the series here.