Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Maturity Level: 4
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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.
Wow. Save a space on your bookshelf next to the Grimm brothers for Uprooted. It is everything an adult fairy tale should be.
Agnieszka lives in a world dominated by the threat of an evil Wood, an evil threat held back only by the work of the Dragon, a powerful wizard who takes a new girl every ten years to live in his castle with him as a servant. When Agnieszka is chosen her entire world changes as she learns she is a powerful witch who might just have the understanding to stop the evil in the wood from spreading. A beautiful story with breathtaking construction, Uprooted is at times dark and at times whimsical. Novik creates her own style of magic that is refreshing in its simplicity, yet still beyond the understanding of the characters. The story begins lightly enough, but grows into an epic tale of good against evil that even Tolkien would be proud of. I strongly recommend Uprooted to anyone who loves magic.