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.
This book is like nothing else I’ve ever read, it is quite simply magical (pun intended). This book IS a stand alone it may not seem like it when you’re reading it but Ms. Novik wraps the story up WONDERFULLY.
Indeed, I will give a BAG of cookies to Naomi Novik for this book!
Things I loved about “Uprooted” (and you’ll also probably love)
1.) Characters and their development. For real, people. Agnieszka is a believable heroine, she isn’t brave or strong or special (at least not special right away in the story) she’s actually very sloppy and she has no idea what she’s doing at all. Period. By the end of the story she has developed extraordinarily without losing who she is at heart.
Kasia, Agnieszka’s best friend, is almost Mary Sue- esque but I still enjoyed her, she’s the brave and strong one in this friend duo.
The Dragon is kind of an asshole….seriously. Right off the bat I hated him, he was super rude to everyone especially Agnieszka. And avoiding spoilers all I’ll say is he, too, turned around as a character and opened up revealing a really good guy deep down. He’s also a pretty bad ass wizard.
Also in “Uprooted” our main antagonist is The Wood. Isn’t that ominous? The Wood. Capital letters in there and everything. Creepy.
There’s also a BADASS cast of supporting characters, I was practically swooning……or maybe really swooning……
2.) Maaaaaagic. The magic in this book is super cool, only a certain amount of people have the ability to use magic, and even then it’s a resource you can use it all up. It’s just really awesome, and the way the author describes the uses of it whether it’s chanting, healing, or using it for battle it really captures your attention and leaves you wanting more, MORE MAGIC!
3.) It’s also essentially a fairy tale, so those of you who dig those fairy tale retelling should definitely be picking up “Uprooted” as your next read. You even get your happily ever after….not a typical one but still. You’ll see if you read it!
4.) Those of you who LOATH love triangles (you and I are kindred spirits) there are NONE! YAAAAY!
5.) Those of you who hate insta-love or even any romance period, you’ll love this book even more! There is a little bit of romance but you can totally pretend it never happened the book STILL MAKES SENSE!!
6.) The world building is also set up very well as with the mythology, I can’t really tell too much of it without giving spoilers but trust me, Naomi Novik weaves some very compelling inner stories…….
Now, I Do Have One Complaint:
- The romance wasn’t super distracting as I stated earlier, but it did make me kind of uncomfortable. To me it was completely unnecessary and a little inappropriate. We have a 17 year old girl having sex with the hundreds of years old wizard? Yeah, I felt grossed out. Sorry! Just my opinion!