The Witch Must Burn
by Danielle Paige
Overview (from Goodreads): 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.
My Thoughts: The entire idea of the world of Oz is incredible. Whenever an author creates a world with characters that you care about with the power of their imagination it’s something to be admired.
The author of the Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige, is continuously blowing my mind. Taking a well-known world like Oz and making it your own is definitely a feat. This Oz is dark and twisted with intrigue. The changes to some of the most beloved characters is just so intriguing.
I have noticed something slighting odd in the writing. I’m not sure if it’s an intentional part of the author’s writing style, but she tends to start out a little slow and then builds at the end so much that even with a resolution you’re left wanting more. I’m having trouble focusing until I can get home and crack open Dorothy Must Die tonight (I’m so excited!).
You must be thinking, did you like it then? Yeah. I know there are a lot of people that were disappointed in Dorothy Must Die, but based on the prequels I can’t imagine I’ll be bored. I LOVE the characterization of Glinda and Dorothy. The Witch Must Burn gives you more of Glinda and her evil ways and in a word, it was awesome. It seems to end with a great set up for the first book in the series to begin.
A few new characters were introduced in The Witch Must Burn, namely Jellia and Nox. I really hope to see more of them in Dorothy Must Die. I’m also looking forward to learning more about the “resistance” that’s slowing growing in Oz.
I would recommend The Witch Must Burn as the second prequel to the Dorothy Must Die series. These prequels are the perfect example of setting up the plot of the series and adding more enjoyment to the series, if read.
4 out of 5 Bookmarks = I’m pretty much bouncing in my chair, excited to go home and start Dorothy Must Die.