The Wicked Will Rise is the second novel in Danielle Paige’s reimagining of L Frank Baum’s Oz in which Dorothy has turned evil. Some of you who read my review of the first novel, Dorothy Must Die, may remember that I had a few issues with it, notably the pacing and the audiobook production. I am happy to say I found no such issues with the sequel. I found the pacing much more lively and consistent and it kept me listening along. I would strongly suggest that you read the e-novella The Wizard Returns beforehand - it’s not strictly necessary, but it will fill in a few blanks.
The protagonist, Amy Gumm, continues to be kickass and engaging and I loved hearing the continuation of her story. I found some of the situations and emotional problems she has to deal with very well done. The narrator, Devan Sorvani, once again did an excellent job of bringing her to life and the production was much better this time in that there were no annoying long pauses between paragraphs.
What I particularly enjoyed about this book was that it took the story in a completely different direction - and a new and interesting direction - than what I had been expecting. It’s always excellent when an author can surprise you. I really look forward to book three now.
I picked up The Wicked Will Rise in both Kindle and Audible format and gave it five stars out of five.