Author: Danielle Paige
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: In the second prequel novella to the Dorothy Must Die series, the reader follows the tale of Jellia, whom is Head Maid of the palace in Emerald City. The purpose of her narrative voice is to show the reasoning behind the resistance force from people who knew and loved Oz before Dorothy returned, as well as to reiterate focus upon Glinda’s plan to mine for more magic through the earth of Oz.
Unlike the first prequel story, which detailed Dorothy’s return to Oz and the disposal of Ozma, I would not consider this story to be as necessary to the series. It came off as much of the same as I had already read in Dorothy. There is more to Jellia than meets the eye; she can be useful to Wicked to further their goal to get rid of Dorothy and Glinda. She meets Nox and finds him to be charming. The truth about Wicked, the Wizard, and the grand scheme of everything is refused to Jellia just as it will go on to be with Amy; they are continuously told they can not have the entire story for their own protection, which is frustrating for the reader as well because at this point I would like some concrete answers.
Should you read this? If you are so enamored with this world then by all means give it a try. Were you not as enthralled with Dorothy Must Die (as I was) but are willing to give book two a try? Then you can go on to do so without this novella in mind.