REVIEW: The Witch Must Burn (Dorothy Must Die #0.2) by Danielle Paige

Witch Must BurnRating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Science Fiction, Pages: 100, Level: Easy

Book Description:

There’s a new Wicked Witch in Oz- and her name is Dorothy. This digital original novella is the second 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 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.

I am a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz and love reimaginings, so I was extremely excited to hear about a series where Dorothy is the bad guy and that it is going to be turned into a television series, even though CW purchased the rights. Since I also gave the predecessor four stars, you can tell that I enjoy the story so far. It’s a lot of fun reading about all those characters that have always symbolized goodness and kindness in a completely different light.


I briefly looked on her webpage to see if there were any interviews with Paige but didn’t find any. Therefore, I don’t know why she decided to stick with the details of the movie and make the magic slippers red and the Emerald City green. It would be disappointing if she hadn’t read the original series. The rest of this paragraph has SPOILERS about L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz so if you don’t want to know, please skip to the next paragraph RIGHT NOW. As those who have read the original book know, the magic slippers are actually silver. In addition, before entering the capital, everyone has to put on spectacles with emerald tinted lenses; the city is really white.

Another thing I found disappointing about The Witch Must Burn is the following quote:

“Why don’t you paint a picture, it’ll last longer,” she growled at me.

An adult says this. And besides that, it’s stupid. Maybe it is just one of my pet peeves, but when things are going along well and then someone says something so completely out of character with the story so far, it yanks me out of the story and I don’t like that. It only happened that once and I am probably in the minority here, but I had to speak my piece.

The story is good enough for me to overlook these two issues, obviously, since I gave it four stars, but one of those stars probably has more to do with the fact that I love Wizard of Oz. If you enjoy a retelling of WoZ, and Wicked was too deep for you, give this a try, beginning with the short stories. That way you can tell whether or not you are going to like the story and style without having to invest a lot of time in the novels. I do recommend No Place Like Oz and The Witch Must Burn.


I went back to No Place Like Oz and found explanations for why Dorothy’s shoes are red and the Emerald City is actually green.

Reviewed by Christina
June 1, 2015


Books in this series-

No Place Like OzWitch Must BurnWizard ReturnsHeart of TinDorothy Must DieWicked Will Rise

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