DNF… And to think I had high expectations from this one as a Baum fan…
I understand the necessity of fast pace. Of a big tale that has to be told in a certain amount of pages.
Believe me, I do.
But this was way too much, way too fast. Within a couple of chapters the main villainess was judged guilty and insane, banished to the wastelands, found a place to stay, a new army to raise, and a new place to call her kingdom. She walked up to the gates of the Emerald City, strutting her stuff, and took only a few pages to completely annihilate every and any person who stood in her way to claim the throne.
I reached page 13 before I stopped. Would I go on even if I had to wait a few more chapters for the story to actually get good?
In stories like this, you need a little bit more detail. This was not fair to the plot, the characters, and generally anything that Baum has gifted readers with.
If you are to use a pre-made universe for your book, you should at least be a little considerate to how it operates and give it a story it truly deserves. THIS story, was not it.
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***