Author: Naomi Novik
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Netgalley. THANK YOU!!
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
Uprooted is a fairytale story all its own, full of magic and deception. Weaving through spells, dangerous creatures and corrupted kingdoms, nothing is as it seems. Characters come alive, and magic pulls you to its pages. I couldn’t put this book down. It feels at home more with Grimm fairytales than Disney and deserves a slightly older audience due to minimal sensual content.
Agnieszka never thought she would be the Dragons choice, that was always going to be her best friend Kaisa, but when the Dragon takes her to his tower with little more than a word, her world gets turned upside down and she must navigate a completely new and unusual life. She has magic, and now a responsibility she never predicted. As she learns to control her new power, she also realizes that no one she loves is safe from the Wood. Having grown up only seven miles from its borders, that dangers of the wood are routine, but even Agnieszka couldn’t have foreseen just how dangerous the Wood actually was, and how far reaching its powers would be.
Uprooted hooked me in from the very beginning. It feels like a classic folk tale, keeping tradition and willful spirit at its core. As you read you feel as if you are finally getting to the heart of the novel, only to find that there is another layer waiting to intrigue you. This books opens up like a rose, one petal at a time, keeping you within its pages until it can fully reveal to you its heart. And what heart it has!
Agnieszka becomes someone you can root for, her missteps are only led by her ignorance. But she learns from ever failing, and grows with every trial. She must become strong, in her moral character and in her magic, if she ever wants to defeat the evil that has taken root.
You know a book is good, when you are trying to finish it in a movie theater. Yesterday I went to go see Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I brought my iPad with me… fun date night right? And I am admitting to all of you, that I was that crazy person reading in a dark movie theater before the show. So trust me. You should read this book!