Written by: Naomi Novik
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
“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 by Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik fan girl here and when I got a chance to check out a new book I jumped at it...and boy was I thrilled I did.
Uprooted is set in a mid-evil type village sitting on the boarder of a malevolent woods. The only thing holding the evil back is the “Dragon”, a wizard, that lives in a tower near the same woods. The cost for his services is a 17 year old girl from the village. Every 10 years the old girl is released at the age of 27 and a new girl is taken.
Agnieszka is the town tomboy who has befriend the most beautiful girl in town...The girl everyone believes will become the next Dragon servant. But when Agnieszka is chosen instead, both their worlds are turned upside down.
Agnieszka is a strong, fun and inventive young woman that you can't help but get behind. She has a heart of gold but spine made of steel.
When the Dragon is called away to help another village, Agnieszka's own village comes under attack. Instead of withering away, she takes the wolves by the neck and faces the peril on her own; discovering that her captivity with the Dragon might lend to a greater life path where she can save her family and friends.
The story is lengthy and as the mystery behind the woods unravels quite complicated but still manages to hold you riveted to the pages. I would love to delve deeper into this world but the ending for Uprooted did give us great closure.
I found Uprooted to be a marvelously magical read. The story definitely had a classic fairy tale feel with the darker fantasy vibe. I would highly recommend Uprooted to all fantasy fans.
I received this ARC copy of Uprooted by Random House - Del Rey in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 19, 2015.