So, in the last book, Dorothy Must Die, the other girl from Kansas, pink-haired Amy Gumm, was as close as monkeys are to humans to slaying Dorothy Gale, the princess of Oz that turned corrupt. However, now Dorothy has gone missing and Oz is in ruins, but Amy now knows the keys to killing her; remove the tin woodman’s heart, steal the scarecrow’s brain, and take the lion’s courage. And one of those is complete, but now Amy is not sure who to trust; the flying monkeys who rescued her and are now flying her away, or the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, who gave Amy the job in the first place.
The worst part of this book happens kind of overly early. Like the first instalment, there is a main character death that was so passed off I half expected that character to return like in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Too bad. It’s a shame, because it took me out of a big portion of the otherwise well done sequel to Dorothy Must Die. There’s also the fact that when Amy talks about how she wished she had some company, she includes the name of a long gone character, once again giving us a vibe that person will return, but somehow I doubt it at this point. And one thing I was disappointed in is this character that was in the first book and she isn't mentioned though she seemed very important, not just to the plot but to Amy.
This still has the adventure feel of Dorothy Must Die, however, and I never really knew what would happen next. Once again, clever and mystical surroundings engulf us in the magical world of Oz, from a slime that Amy actually calls the best thing she’s ever tasted, jumping onto a rainbow, which sounds like a ripoff but isn’t, and there are still some chances that Danielle Paige takes us to insure us that the best is yet to come. I also loved the Land of Lost Things. (Just imagine if Star was there, too. I'm not sure if it would work that way, but it should've.) I imagined myself going there, and Danielle Paige has some good tricks up her typing fingers to make us unsure what's under there. And there's a small side story involving Glinda with a scene involving Amy and Dorothy side by side, not working together but sitting apart from each other. That was chilling. And I'm still going to finish this series. I sort of promised myself that the minute I bought the first book.
And the ending’s quite nice, and a little bit weird. So many things happen at once I think I’ll have to reread the ending before I move on to Yellow Brick War. Just, for most of its long second act, The Wicked Will Rise is a filler episode in the Dorothy Must Die series with an out-of-place title.