The Wizard left Oz in a hot air balloon—or did he? This digital original novella is the third 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 she wasn’t always in charge. There used to be a different ruler of Oz. Someone who also came from the Other Place, and who stole power for himself. They called him the Wizard.
The story goes that when a young Dorothy revealed the Wizard as a fraud, the man behind the curtain fled Oz in his hot air balloon. But in The Wizard Returns, he wakes in a field of poppies to find out that not only had he never left, but that he has no memory of who—or where—he is. As he undergoes a series of tests to uncover his memories, he finds that the very girl who threw him from the Emerald Palace is in control. And that Oz may be his destiny after all.
The Wizard Returns by Danielle Paige is a dark and compelling reimagining of a beloved classic and is perfect for fans of Cinderby Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Goodreads
About the Book:
Author: Danielle Paige
Book length: 100 pages
Series: Dorothy Must die #0.3
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Adventure, Fiction, Magic, Witches, Retellings, Fairy Tales
Rating: 4,5 out of 5 quills
Starting reading: May 18
Finished reading: May 18
“Of course, it was Iris who’d actually exposed the traitor. He could tell Lulu, but Iris was just a young hothead with no sense for politics. She wasn’t suited for Quentin’s position; really, he was doing her a favor, saving her from future embarrassment when she couldn’t handle the responsibility. And if defeating Quentin had been his test, surely this was his reward. He could always award Iris an extra banana allowance once he was officially made chancellor—he wasn’t heartless. Hex bowed politely. “Your Majesty, I’m honored. I’ll certainly consider your offer.” She nodded and tossed the banana peel over her shoulder; a guard hurried forward to catch it. “Now,” she said, “I must attend to my people.” With that, she swept out the door, a scatter of rhinestones sparkling in her wake and the guard trailing behind her.”
What did I think of the book?
I love this diverse story. The tests make a very interesting story. After reading Dorothy Must Die, I wondered what had happened to the wizard. His role wasn’t the biggest in the first novel, but it was an intriguing one.
It’s always nice to read of one who lost his memories to rediscover himself. To learn of who he was before and of who he wants to be. If those are not the same, of how he repents and betters himself.
For me the novella was important. It was an important piece to show what part the Wizard had in the story and how he became the way he is.