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Publisher's Summary

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz.

But it wasn't like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, and she was stealing magic from the land. The Wizard was back. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They'd joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

My mission? Kill Dorothy.

And when a group of former - possibly still - Wicked Witches tells you to do something, it's kind of hard to say no. Except my job as assassin didn't work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn't wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find Nox and the rest of the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down - and try to figure out what I'm really doing here. But in a place where the line between good and evil shifts with a strong gust of wind, who am I supposed to trust?

And who is actually Wicked?

©2015 Full Fathom Five, LLC (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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BOOK THREE NOW

Would you listen to The Wicked Will Rise again? Why?

Yes, and I have, I've listened to both books a few times now. 1. The narrator is hilarious when speaking as some of the characters, particularly the queen of the monkeys. 2. I love all things Oz and all things "what happens next" I think any Oz lover will be compelled to listen over and over.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wicked Will Rise?

Queen Mab's court.

Which scene was your favorite?

The labyrinth fountain, finding out who Pete really is.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were times where I couldn't hold in the laughter, and times where I just wanted to slap some sense into the characters. Visceral reactions are a real thing for this book.

Any additional comments?

Book. Three. NOW.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Awesome!!

One of my favorite stories Ave I love her take on what happens after the original story ended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I tried very hard to finish this book...

But even with listening on a higher speed just to get through it faster, I had to throw in the towel. One can only roll their eyes so many times before getting a headache.

Between gaping plot holes and the cyclical trap of Amy's drawn out, passionate declarations and promises (only to constantly shy away again and again when it comes to actually backing up any of her big game talk), I couldn't take it anymore. How many times is the author going to use this arbitrary plot device? It feels like a broken record.

The main character was given ample opportunity to grow, but just does the same things over and over again only to "magically" gain new abilities and story progression. Most of her dialogue is idiotic and the forced romance remains cringe worthy.

As for plot holes, so far almost everything in this book series has been explained away by coincidence (Hi2u Pixar's 19th Rule of Storytelling), if at all.

Critical reader beware. Luckily, Audible accepts returns.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Bad Ending

The whole bildup of the story was great, but the way it ended ruined the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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is it really over??

I listened to this book in 3 days. I cannot wait for the next! I would pay a lot of money to get my hands on it! but I cannot believe I have to wait for the next for another two years! way to long!!

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love the narrator!!

This book really picked up the story. I love the magical world of OZ!!
The narrator is amazing and I love her Lulu voice, she sounds just like Arlene Sorkin's Harley Quinn from Batman the Animated series. I will be looking for more of her narrations.

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Edge of my seat!

I can't wait to listen to the next one. The thrill ride was amazing! Amy Gunn is a real trooper.

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Frustrating

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Danielle Paige wrote excellent prequels about non-Amy characters. It would have been great if the books would have revolved around the fairy maid in the 3rd story of the first prequel. Her character traits, unlike Amy, were excellent and would have made for a more interesting story if she was chosen to free Ozma. Having said this, the protagonist character development in this book is virtually non-existent. The main character is so annoying, making countless mistakes at each and every turn and costing much more interesting characters their lives. Her romantic inclinations towards one of the other characters is cringeworthy at best. I'm just trying to make my way through the remaining 2 books to find out what happens to Ozma and the land of Oz.

Has The Wicked Will Rise turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I've read several books including the first 3 prequels to the Dorothy Must Die series, Wicked by Maguire and Alice by Christina Henry and realize that there are significantly better books in the genre.

Have you listened to any of Devon Sorvari’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any other books read by Sorvari. She is an excellent narrator and does a great job with the poor material that is given to her.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wicked Will Rise?

Amy's love story. The Pete-Ozma connection.

Any additional comments?

I believe I could have moved on to the 3rd book in the series without having gone through the second. In my opinion this book just wasn't worth the credit and definitely doesn't serve to advance the storyline.

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Not the Oz You're Used To

Would you try another book from Danielle Paige and/or Devon Sorvari?

Although Danielle Paige offers a novel idea for Oz, she doesn't execute her idea very well. The image of all these characters portrayed in a new light isn't something new, but the addition of characters makes it interesting. Interesting enough that I read the first and second, and have bought the third.

What was most disappointing about Danielle Paige’s story?

It dragged on. It had the potential for a really exciting plot, but the character's actions and personality made it rough to get through, even for a lover of all things Oz.

What does Devon Sorvari bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does the best she can with what is given to her. She performs great.

Was The Wicked Will Rise worth the listening time?

Yes. I listened to it on my way to and from work, so it was entertaining.

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Love ♡this book!!

Another amazing book in this series!! And I love love LOVE the way Devon Sorvari does all the voices! ☆☆☆☆☆