The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige; Book Review

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SPOILERS AHEAD!!

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?

My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts:

It took me a while to finish this book. Firstly, a lot of the book just felt like wandering around and it was kind of boring. Secondly, every time I opened it my son would hand me my bookmark.

This book starts up directly after the end of the first. Which I like actually. In books where a lot of stuff is going on I don’t like the time skips between books. So Dorothy and Ozma are being flown to where the Wingless Ones are by Ollie and his sister. It took me a minute to get through the first chapter because it was basically Amy just describing what Oz was looking like with the little bit of Magic that was already seeping back into the land.

Ollie and his sister get attacked by these bird things, and it ruins their paper wings, so they  (all 4, 5 if you count the rat. I know I do.) Start falling towards the ground. Then the Lion shows up. I mean, who else would have sent the birds? So he and Amy start fighting, and she’s doing ok. But not great. Then he eats Star. So she goes crazy and starts slipping into this dark magic area and using it to hurt the lion. She cuts off his tail, where his bravery is. She almost kills him, but Ozma brings her back to the real world. He runs off into the woods, and the monkeys show up.

They lead the group to the Wingless City where Amy meets with the Queen, named Lulu. They converse about things I can’t remember. I did say it took me a while to get through this book. Ok so Amy goes to this room she is sharing with Ozma and at some point she slips into the darkness area and pulls at these strings that are tied up in Ozma. As she was doing so Pete pops back up in Ozma’s place. We learn that when Ozma was a baby her nursemaid, Queen Lulu coincidently, Mombi took her and disguised her, but it accidently split her into two and that’s where Pete comes in.

She and him decide to go swimming, and none other than Mombi appears at the side of the swimming pond and then faints. When she wakes up she is immediately put on trial. Somehow Amy gets Lulu to not punish Mombi for anything that she has done, and lets her stay with them until she recovers. As long as she doesn’t do magic.

Mombi tells Amy that she needs to find Polychrome, the daughter of the rainbow, and apparently does a small spell that makes Ozma lead Amy to the door to Rainbow Falls. Because Ozma is a fairy she is attuned to other fairies. So she starts going. Immediately.

As they are walking through the forrest Amy feels someone following them. After a quick battle she realizes that it is Lulu (this is when we find out the Ozma was basically a baby queen until The Wizard came.) She gives them this handkerchief that is supposed to protect them from other people. Amy and Ozma continue walking until they come to this meadow. Amy throws down the handkerchief and it unfolds into a tent. It’s bigger on the inside (Yes. I Doctor Who’d this.)

As they are just chilling and sleeping whatever, Glinda appears out of no where. She tells them that she and Dorothy are no longer working together and that they can come to Glinda and she will help them whatever they need. Of course Amy doesn’t believe her. Why would she?

After Glinda is gone and they have eaten, and Amy has promised Pete that she wouldn’t let anything happen to him, they start talking again with Ozma back in place. They go through the Fog of Doubt, and Amy has to realize the only way she will ever beat Dorothy is to just be herself. When they get through it they are at this beach, and it says that “nearby” is The Island of Lost Things. So they get in this boat and row. And row. And row. Until Amy decides they are lost. Then the find the island. Ha.

At this island they find Nox (Yay!) They kiss and realize they like each other, but it’s not really the time for it. They also find some other things, like this scepter of Ozma’s. A pair to Amy’s favorite lost sock. A lost French book of her’s. It seems this island only lets you find things that once belonged to you. Also on this island they run into some guy named Bright who said that he can take them to Rainbow Falls. So he leads them into this city. Yes a whole lost city. I don’t know either honestly. I’d love to know though.

So he starts leading them through this city until finally they end up in a building and all get in the elevator. The elevator rises. And keeps on rising. When it stops and opens up Amy realizes that they have to jump. So she does. Everyone emerges from a magic portal. To Rainbow Falls. It’s a city made of tons of tiny islands and you move from one island to the next on a rainbow. It’s pretty cool.

They go to the citadel and meet up with Polychrome. They talk about stuff. Then Amy and Poly go into to Poly’s lab with Ozma. Poly finds out about Pete and suggests that they eliminate him so Ozma can come back to her normal self. At night Ozma/Pete wakes up screaming. Pete is trying to escape his prison in Ozma’s body. So of course Amy helps him. He then hits her in the head with a lamp.

When she comes to, it’s because Nox is shaking her awake because Rainbow Falls is under attack. By Dorothy, The Lion, Glinda and Pete. Will mostly Dorothy and Glinda are doing the attacking. Polychrome and her “unicorn” (A giant cat with a real unicorn horn tied onto it) merge into one being and attack Glinda. While Amy attacks Dorothy and Nox deals with the Lion. Amy realizes that the Lion is being controlled by the chain Dorothy is holding, so she breaks that, beheads the Lion and then starts fighting Dorothy again. She is trapped by the same chain Dorothy used on the Lion.

Amy fights against the chains and stabs Dorothy in the heart. And surprisingly it doesn’t kill her. It just makes her skin green and her wrinkly. Dorothy takes the satchel with the Lions courage and the Tin Woodmans heart in it. She then flies off with Glinda.

Amy realizes that Polychrome and her cat are dead. Rainbow falls are burned to the ground. Bright gives them a button that can teleport them to where they need to be. Apparently where they need to be is right outside the Emerald City.

Amy loses her cool and starts beating on the Yellow Brick Road/Wall. It starts to break and crumble underneath the dark magic she is unknowingly using. The dark magic that is turning her into a Wicked Witch. She takes a few to calm down and goes back to normal. When she looks through the whole in the wall she made she sees Queen Lulu and the rest of the monkeys. Lulu tells her that they took down Glinda, but Dorothy and Ozma went into the palace. On the steps Amy finds the scarecrow…missing a brain. Amy and Nox follow them into the palace and something is wrong with it.

Amy follows Dorothy up some stairs and through the maze to the center where Oz was founded. There is the Wizard. He sees through Amy’s spell and reveals her. He thens tells her his plan. He took control of Dorothy’s mind after the battle at the end of the last book. Made her want to collect the gifts her friends had and then bring them to her Wizard. He believed that Kansas and Oz occupied the same space in the world just on different planes. To bring them together he needed to do a little spell.

He was planning on killing Dorothy, but she snapped out of her spell in time to kill the Wizard. But apparently it made the spell go through anyways.

The last end of the book is Amy and Dorothy standing in Amy’s old trailer park. Three figures rise up (one of them is Glamora). They tell her to rise, and she steps forward.

I am for sure looking forward for the last book. Until them, I will be reading the short stories.

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