Book Review: “The Wicked Will Rise” by Danielle Paige

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis, and don’t read any other part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“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?”

Characters:

Amy Gumm: she is the main protagonist of the story. She was originally from Kansas and came to Oz in a tornado the same as Dorothy. She gets recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to kill Dorothy. In this book, she is a much more powerful witch and starts to descend into becoming a wicked witch.

Princess/Queen Ozma: Dorothy spelled her to where she is pretty messed up. She has faery blood, so she has powers of her own. She shows at certain parts awareness. There are actually two people residing there. There’s Ozma. Then there’s Pete.

Pete: I didn’t really know what to think of him in the first book. In this book, he seems to genuinely be a friend of Amy’s. And then when the prospect of helping Ozma back to herself, which would make him just disappear, he becomes a traitor and betrays everyone to Dorothy and Glinda.

Nox: he is a sort of love interest for Amy. Honestly, the story is about killing dorothy and it is about the Order and Amy descending into wickedom and all that jaz, but he does care for her and he is in the last portion of the book. He is a warlock and a pretty powerful one. He is a member of the Order. In the first book, he was very cold and distant (he trained Amy), but in this one, it’s like he did a complete one eighty. He was very open about his feelings for Amy and shows himself to be jealous and he is a very different character in this book.

Plot:

The book starts out with Amy in the arms of Ollie, the monkey she helped in the first book. So he and his sister fly her to the monkey Kingdom (not without incident; they run into the Lion, and Dorothy takes his courage and become so caught up, the power started to control her, which started her descent into wickedom, but she did spare him).

After that they get to the monkey kingdom, she meets the queen of the monkeys, Lulu, who I am have mixed feelings about. I thought she was weird and trying to be cool, but failing. Lulu talked to her about the monkeys not joining the fight and not to expect them to and the only reasons Amy was allowed to stay there was because she saved Ollie and his sister’s lives.

So they stay there when Mombi shows up (she quite honestly always creeped me out. I could never truly decide on what side she was on.) nearly dead. The monkeys have a trail and after giving them a speech (that she didn’t believe in and was just trying to save her ass), she was deemed not guilty and she would stay there while Ozma and Amy went to Polychrome in the Rainbow Lands and got her help. But before all of this, Amy discovered that she could see the bonds and lines of magic in Oz, which allowed her to see all of the lines on Ozma and when she unraveled all of them, there was Pete, who told her all about being the second part of Ozma’s soul.

So they leave that night. Turns out Lulu was following them and wanted to say goodbye to Ozma who doesn’t remember her (Lulu is the monkey nursemaid who raised Ozma). They make it out of the forest, lay out the cloth that Lulu gave them and sleep there. Amy wakes up and there sits Glinda (I was in school when I read this portion and as soon as it announced Glinda, I was like (seriously!), “Holy shit!!” and I said that out loud. But I did not see that coming. I should have seen that. But I did not.), who asks Amy to join her side and that she is tired of Dorothy.

Amy is not stupid enough to believe her. But she unravels Ozma and out bursts Pete who attacks her only to realize she is only a mirage (sort of like a hologram). Glinda eventually disappears and Pete and Amy talk for a bit. They promise to help each other, and then Ozma regains control. Ozma then creates a yellow brick road that they follow.

They came upon this foggy part where a bird is (the same bird carved onto her knife) who warns them about the Fog of Doubt. They go in and basically a whole bunch of people from Amy’s past and future are displaying all of her insecurities and they eventually make it out when she realizes who she really is (she wasn’t sure before).

Then they took this conoe to the Island of Lost Things. They get there, they both find a few lost things, then they find Nox (or rather he finds them). They are awkward for a bit before he hugs her then kisses her and then they meet Bright.

He eventually helps them get to the Rainbow Lands where they meet Polychrome. Amy talks to Polychrome alone about the Tin Man’s heart and the Lion’s courage. She examines them and thinks something was done to them. She wants to help get Ozma back to herself and that would make Pete disappear.

She talks to him and tells him she has no intention of that happening, but he knocks her out anyway. He then betrays them all to Glinda and Dorothy. Glinda and Dorothy set fire to the Rainbow Lands. Battle ensues. Long-story short: Amy shoves her enchanted knife through Dorothy’s heart, but it doesn’t kill her.

Dorothy takes off with the Lion’s Courage and the Tin Man’s heart. Polychrome dies. Bright takes off. Nox and Amy take off soon after and then run into the yellow brick wall. Amy beats on it for a while and then knocks it down (she grew horns and talons; they eventually went away). Lulu and her monkeys inform them where Dorothy and Glinda are (in the palace) and they take off.

They see that Dorothy took the Scarecrow’s brains and they go inside the palace. Amy is forced to leave Nox behind because he got stuck in the shadows and Amy follows Dorothy to the royal gardens (with Ozma leading her) where the Wizard waits at the heart of it.

He pulls both Dorothy and Amy under some sort of spell and tries to get Amy to kill Dorothy (she doesn’t after Nox bursts out, warning her that it was a trick). Pete separates from Ozma as a real person and then Dorothy and Amy are swept into a cyclone/tornado and deposited back in Kansas.

Three witches were waiting. One was Glamora. She tells her to rise and take her place among them. Amy steps forward.

AND THEN THE FREAKING BOOK ENDS. YES, I AM STILL TICKED ABOUT IT JUST ENDING LIKE THAT. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK LIKE NOW.

And I would just like to remind you that this book was just 293 pages. And all this crap happened. Man, Danielle can write…

My Theories:

I think in the next book there is going to be some type of war (obviously. The next book is called Yellow Brick War) and Amy is going to be at the very center of it. I think that she will join the ranks of Wicked Witches. I think she will finally join the Dark Side (see what I did there? I’m sorry; I just watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and I am not sure what side Nox will be on. I think that Dorothy will eventually die and Ozma will be turned back to normal. Ozma will become queen and Oz will be finally be put back to order. I’m not sure whether Amy will go home or not. Probably not. I am not exactly sure what will happen before all is right in the world. I am not sure how Danielle will wrap up the trilogy.

My Thoughts:

FRUSTRATION. I can’t believe I have to wait until March 15, 2016 to read the next book…This book really kept me intrigued throughout the entire book. I did have some problems with the rapid character evolutions. Amy was still a badass warrior witch, but she was rapidly descending into wickedom, which is pretty realistic, but Nox’s character devlopment…was too rapid. There’s no way he should have just automatically wanted to be with Amy and be a super open person. That’s a gradual process, and it did feel too rushed. But other than that, I really did enjoy reading this book. 4/5 hearts.

7
4/5 hearts

 

Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie

 

 

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