The second book in the Dorothy Must Die series, The Wicked Will Rise had a slower pace than the first. However, Danielle Paige did an excellent job with keeping the pace consistent and interesting. This installment was more introspective and spent a lot of time on Amy’s character development. A lot of the book was spent on this, and the reader gets the privilege of seeing Amy come into her own
The story picks up right where the last book left off, with Amy escaping the Emerald City after failing to assassinate Dorothy. She has discovered that, although she is the only person who can kill Dorothy, she for some reason cannot. Amy eventually sets out on a journey to enlist the help of familiar-to-Oz-books-fans characters like Polychrome and Bright. The last few chapters are twist after twist, and the book ends on an insane cliffhanger. Like, if you don’t have the third book on hand you will be running to find it as soon as possible cliffhanger.
The book itself takes place in a very short space of time. Like I mentioned above, much the book is spent on Amy’s character development, especially in the way of her relationship with her ability to use magic. A primary theme throughout these books is that the magic of Oz has continually corrupted those who come from “the other place,” and Amy’s fight to stay Good (whatever that means).
I experienced some frustrations while reading this entire series when it came to the division between “Wicked” and “Good.” Amy is told continually that she can’t trust anyone but herself, and she really shouldn’t trust herself either. She has allies, but she doesn’t. There is a very every-man-for-himself mentality. But, as you will see throughout the entire series, it is deemed “necessary” due to the circumstances Oz is under. More on that in later reviews.
Overall, although it is slower than the previous book, I enjoyed The Wicked Will Rise immensely. It is full of incredible storytelling and the wildly unexpected ending makes any drag in the storyline worth it.
The Wicked Will Rise gets 4/5 stars.