A collection of three prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige!
These three prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series follow the iconic characters from the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz as their lives intertwine to bring about the downfall of Oz. Dorothy begins a journey down a darker path. Glinda the Good Witch may not be so Good. And the Wizard realizes that Oz is his destiny. Kiss the land where troubles melt like lemon drops goodbye. Here there’s danger around every corner and magical shoes won’t be able to save you.
Long before Amy Gumm got swept away from a Kansas trailer park . . . Dorothy Gale received a mysterious package on the night of her 16th birthday: a pair of red high-heeled shoes. And with a knock of her heels, Dorothy returned to the magical land that made her a star-and Oz would never be the same again.
I adored Dorothy Must Die and naturally, I was really excited to read the short stories that accompanied it. These stories are available in print together, or you can purchase the e-books individually. Because of this, I’m going to be reviewing the stories (3 in total) individually, so that you can decide which one interests you!
No Place Like Oz.
This was probably my favorite of the 3 stories because it centres around Dorothy, who is the antagonist of this series. It follows her journey back to Oz, and her rise to power.
It was interesting getting to see Dorothy’s perspective. I was worried the author would try to make her just another sympathetic villain with a sob story (which I wouldn’t haven’t enjoyed!) but thankfully, Dorothy isn’t. She starts off plain rude and nasty, and turns out pure evil.
It was really cool to see her story progress, and I’m glad I read this one before I read The Wicked Must Rise (the 2nd book in this series). It gave some interesting background information about not only Dorothy, but also the other characters in the series.
The Witch Must Burn
I remember Jellia from Dorothy Must Die, and I was excited to read a novella from her point of view! We also meet several other characters from Dorothy Must Die here as well, and learn some background information. This novella basically follows Jellia as she works in the palace and joins the organization WICKED to rebel against Dorothy and Glinda.
I liked this novella well enough, despite some issues. The beginning was very slow, but the climax and ending (especially the last 20 or so pages) were fantastic! There were a few more slow parts throughout the book and while Jellia was an interesting character, I really didn’t feel too invested in her story, which is a shame. A decent read.
The Wizard Returns
This wouldn’t have been a bad novella, if I had been more invested in the story. It is the story of the Wizard after he flies away in the balloon and loses his memory. The story follows him as he tries to remember his past, and try to redeem himself. I was really uninterested in this story, and I wish I had DNFed it.
I really like the idea of learning more about the oh, so powerful wizard. Unfortunately, the wizard has lost all his memories at the start of this novella, and so the Wizard doesn’t provide any insightful background information because, um, he’s forgotten everything about his past. The pace was very slow, as well, which contributed to the low rating. The Wizard Returns was probably the weakest out of the 3 novellas, at least for me.
I wasn’t very impressed by this collection of short stories, despite my love for Dorothy Must Die. I recommend reading No Place Like Oz because of the valuable insight it gives into Dorothy’s rise to power, but I wouldn’t consider the others necessary at all.