The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige
Jelia is the head maid at the castle. She has been in the Emerald City almost all of her life. Ozma was in power for a short time. This was fine with Jelia because she and Ozma got along. Dorothy took over though and no one knows why she was brought back to Oz.
One day, Glinda comes to pay Dorothy a visit and insists on borrowing Jelia. She thinks Jelia will have what it takes. Glinda has nefarious plans in mind. She tries to use Jelia to mine magic. It doesn’t work out the way Glinda plans and Jelia is relegated to kitchen and maid work. There, Jelia meets a boy named Nox. He counsels her through her job at Glinda’s. Which pink food goes where–that sort of thing. Ultimately, Jelia learns about a secret plot to undermine Dorothy and Glinda and she knows that she must be a part of it. She also discovers something interesting about herself.
What I liked
I’m liking this series. I hope to get to read it all. This was a prequel to the other two books I have already read in the series. It gives just a bit of background about why things in Oz are the way they are. Jelia is quite an interesting character.
What I didn’t like
This book was rather short and I would have liked more to it. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of conflict, but it certainly did set the stage for the rest of the series.
Would you eat all pink food?
How do you feel about something that was once good, turning so evil?