Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Witch Must Burn: Review


There’s a new Wicked Witch in Oz—and her name is Dorothy. This digital original novella is the second installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and exciting New York Times bestseller Dorothy Must Die.

Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she’s not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She’s power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But behind the scenes, there’s someone else pulling the strings. Someone who doesn’t want fame or glory—just control.

Glinda of the North brought Dorothy back to Oz for a reason. And in The Witch Must Burn, a young maid is about to discover that a witch who says she’s Good might be the most dangerous kind of Wicked.

The Witch Must Burn, by debut author Danielle Paige, is a dark and compelling reimagining of a beloved classic and is perfect for fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire.


The Witch Must Burn is Jellia's story, one of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I'm a little surprised that it will be her story. I like her a lot in Dorothy Must Die. As much as she deserves a prequel, I can't believe she actually gets one. I'm all about it. 

Jellia is as I'm expected: composed and smart and patient. I do believe most people (or creatures in Oz) will die in her unfortunate circumstance. But of course, she's a survivor. An expert until, well, another girl shows up and puts her in peril (no offense to that girl. It's a fact). I'm so sad that I won't be seeing more of her in The Wicked Will Rise

This book also gives us a view of Oz after Dorothy's return before Amy shows up. Of course, things are masterfully screwed up. But the awful relationship between the "Good" witch Glinda and Dorothy is more sinister and more awful (or less, depending on what you think). It might be a foreshadowing of what will happen in the second book. Since, well, the relationship between Dorothy and Glinda is not exactly well-established.

The Witch Must Burn is a good re-taste of the world in Dorothy Must Die, and I'm excited for The Wicked Will Rise.

Rating: 8/10

1 comment:

  1. Your review makes me want to pick up the first book, Dorothy Must Die. Plus, the titles make me chuckle.

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