Tuesday 26 February 2019

Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Fantasy)

Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Pan Macmillan

Publication Date: 2016 (2015)
Fantasy/Fairytales & Folklore
Xmas Gift


Agnieszka loves her village, set in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood and none return unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. A young woman must serve him for ten years, leaving all she values behind.

Agnieszka fears her dearest friend Kasia will be picked at the next choosing, for she is everything Agnieszka is not - beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he takes.

I adored Spinning Silver, but this one managed to be even better! Uprooted was a delightful read from start to finish, so much so I ended up setting aside for a few days another book I had already started while I raced through it. It is a beautiful blend of different folklore and fairytales, and Agnieszka is a relatable and engaging heroine. I was glued to the edge of my seat throughout, and was sad when I finally reached the end. The only small letdown for me was some bizarre punctuation in places that made me wonder at the editors, but that was a minor gripe in an otherwise excellent book.

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