Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Number of Pages: 435
Genre: Adult, Fantasy
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travellers 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.
“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.”
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this books so I’m going to split this review into the things I liked and the things I did not like.
- The Wood. I loved how terrifying and wild the wood is and the fact that it has a conscious presence really adds to the creep factor. The descriptions of it were so detailed and intricate and the wood is now one of my favourite villains.
- Agnieszka and Kasia’s friendship. I love strong female friendships and this one was great. I loved how much they cared for each other and the lengths they would go to protect each other.
- Ending. The ending definitely brought my overall rating up as I was completely engrossed in learning the story behind the wood
- The Dragon. I felt he was just so rude I just could not warm up to him at all. I hated the way he treated Agnieszka the whole way through the book.
- The Romance. The romance in this book just completely bored me. I did not see the point in it at all as it added nothing to the story. In my mind there was no chemistry between the Dragon and Agnieszka and I’m really glad that it’s not a focal point of the story.
- Political intrigue. As a massive fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire series I usually enjoy political intrigue in books but for some reason I hated it in this. While I understand that this was an important part of the story I was not in anyway interested in it.
Overall I enjoyed parts of this and disliked others which is why I gave it 3 stars.
Have you read Uprooted? What did you think of it?