No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die Novella)


Dorothy clicked her heels three times and returned to Kansas. The end . . . or was it? Although she’s happy to be home with Aunt Em, Dorothy has regretted her decision to leave Oz ever since. So when a mysterious gift arrives at her doorstep on her sixteenth birthday, Dorothy jumps at the chance to return to the glittering city that made her a star.

Setting off for the Emerald City, Dorothy is eager to be reunited with her friends: the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. But she soon discovers that in the time she’s been gone, Oz has changed—and Dorothy has, too. This time, the yellow brick road leads her down a very different path. And before her journey is through, Dorothy will find that the line between wicked and good has become so blurred she’s not sure which side of it she’s on.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

Dorothy Must Die was my introduction to this awesome storyline. As great of a book as it was, I was left with many questions. No Place Like Oz, a short prequel novella, answers some of those questions — What happened after Dorothy went back home to Kansas?  How did she get back to Oz?  How did she gain magic and control?

In 130 pages, Paige gives us a look into Dorothy’s life after Oz. Though most did not believe her stories of Oz, she did ride a wave of fame for a small time simply for being the girl who “rode the cyclone.” However, once you experience something as amazing as Oz and are fawned over like Dorothy was after her return, can you really ever just go back to the normal and mundane?  Well, Dorothy was struggling to do so.  She found herself more and more frustrated every day with the routine that had become her life.  She felt destined for more — she felt like a star being snuffed out slowly.

When she is able to find a way back to Oz, Dorothy finds herself willing to fight tooth and nail to stay there. No one will stand between her and the “specialness” that she has in Oz —- no one! Not Auntie Em, nor uncle Henry and definitely not Ozma (whoever she truly was).  Power had finally gone to Dorothy’s head and power can be a very dangerous thing.  Even more so when that power is in the hands of others —- Glinda has been incredibly helpful.  Why is that?

Would I add it to the library?

I hope the next novella can bridge the time gap between Dorothy’s take over and where we find Oz when Amy gets there in Dorothy Must Die.


Genre: Fiction – dark fantasy, alternate worlds
ISBN: 9780062280763
Rating:  good

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