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With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough. The world has been destroyed and its needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he's dead ... or is he?There's a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him. Desperate to end the war, a plan is hatched that could put everything right again. Yet before it's set in motion, the village is burned to the ground, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail.But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen, and save the world?
About the Author
Wendy Spinale is a former character actor for the Disneyland theme park (so she’s very familiar with the world of make-believe). She is the author of Everland and its follow-up, Umberland, as well as Lost Boy, a prequel novella to Everland.
Wendy lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I felt the same way about this one as I did about the other two. It’s fine, but not really what I was hoping for from a steampunk post-apocalyptic retelling of some beloved children’s stories. I like that we got Doc’s perspective in this book since he was one of the characters I enjoyed over the series. I also liked Gail and Ginger and their friendship over the course of the novel. I went into this hoping it wasn’t going to be Dorothy going on a journey with Scarecrow and falling in love with him, like the last two. So I’m glad Spinale mixed it up with two platonic girlfriends rescuing King Osbourne. Ozland still keeps some of that dark, weird stuff from Umberland and I still find it really fun to read in its bizarreness. Don’t expect any friendly Scarecrows or Tin Mans or Cowardly Lions. The characters finally felt like they grew into their own things in this one, but I think it’s really weird that we’ll spend an entire novel developing and getting to know Gwen or Alyssa and then they’re both barely in this one. Gwen is unconscious and off-stage and Alyssa has maybe five lines in this book. So if you really enjoyed those two characters, you’re out of luck. There’s also quite a bit of expository dialogue and telling rather than showing, especially in the first half. The ending, involving Dorothy and Pete, was also a big misstep for me. It made me angry and I felt it was unfaithful to how characters had been set up over the course of the series. It was also resolved with two lines of exposition in the epilogue so I don’t know what the point was. Also, everyone’s pretty much paired up at the end. Overall, I still feel like this series didn’t quite work for me as an adult, but I would have loved it as 13 or 14 year old, so I still recommend it for that age range. Ozland is on par with the other books in the series, but the series as a whole doesn’t live up to the potential of the premise.