“The Wizard Returns” by Danielle Paige Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.
3 out of 5 stars
This is the third prequel to Dorothy Must Die. I really enjoyed this back story of the Wizard (oh yes, he’s still in Oz!). Still untrustworthy, but at least we know a little more about the man behind the curtain. He is not at all a likeable character. Escaping Oz in his hot air balloon, he feels a sense of relief that he can finally get away, and that he left Dorothy behind. He is corrupt and as we learn more of his back story, we learn just how selfish and self-serving he really is. I liked the story and enjoyed learning a little bit more about this series, which I really love. What is becoming a little tedious is three prequels. I think it would have been easier to combine them into one book, and insert the book between Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise. However I’m not the author, so I will just keep reading no matter how many prequels, sequels and during-quels come up!