Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

22544764Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Published May 19th 2015

“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.

This is on of the most interesting fantasy books that I’ve read in a long time. I wasn’t really sure what it was about when I started it and I was so blown away by the plot.
The writing was really beautiful and this whole book had a fairy tale vibe about it, which I really liked.
I’ve never read a book like Uprooted before and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it even thought I finished it two days ago.
I did think it was a little slow at first. I wasn’t bored per-se but I wasn’t really engaged with the story. It did pick up and I really liked the last half but I never did become emotionally invested.
I was not a fan of Agnieszka and Sarkan’s relationship. It was confused and I thought it could have been better written. I won’t say much more so I don’t give away spoilers but I just wasn’t a fan of those two.
Overall, I loved the writing and the concept so much! And even though I didn’t like the relationship and I wasn’t really emotionally invested, I still really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it.

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