Crossovers are tough. Doing a crossover well, especially with popular media, is even tougher. So many extra expectations surface that authors buckle under the pressure, I think.
I’m pleased to announce that was not the case with the Wizard in Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz leave so much magic in their worlds that a crossover only makes sense. The reader starts in Oz, where Dorothy makes her glorious reappearance. Things aren’t quite right, however, and a new witch is making herself known and threatening to destroy everything the Wizard helped create. The absence of the Wizard isn’t making things easier. A deeper mystery comes to light as two worlds collide and grave misdeeds surface.
The combining of Alice and Dorothy was flawless, in my opinion. I felt like the author took great care to write the characters as close to their original form as possible. Everything from the bantering dialogue, to the tone of the narrator, to the hair-pulling debate of semantics and logic that were so prevalent in Wonderland were there. The storyline made sure to feature both worlds equally, and presented problems unique to the both of them. Story progression happened in a logical and timely manner that didn’t leave the reader behind or confuse them. Transistioning between worlds and perspectives was smooth.
I think my overall satisfaction came with how well the characters were written and how well they interacted with each other and their environment; not just Dorothy and Alice, but all of them. They blended together nicely.
Honestly, I can’t wait to read more. This has serious potential to become one of my favorite crossover series.