WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD, THE LOCUS AWARD AND THE BRITISH FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016
From the author of the Temeraire series comes this hugely imaginative, engrossing and vivid fantasy novel, inspired by folk and fairy tales.
"Wild, thrilling, and deeply, darkly magical. An instant classic." Lev Grossman, author of the The Magicians
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.
From the author of the Temeraire series comes this hugely imaginative, engrossing and vivid fantasy novel, inspired by folk and fairy tales. It is perfect reading for fans of Robin Hobb and Trudi Canavan.
PRAISE FOR UPROOTED
"Uprooted has everything I love: a great heroine, new takes on old myths and legends, and surprising twists and turns. A delight." Cassandra Clare
"The magic in Uprooted, with its realistic moral dimension, is so vividly believable that it almost seems you could work the spells. But the book will do that for you." Ursula K. Le Guin
"Magical and practical, otherworldly and planted in the real, I could NOT stop reading this book and neither will you!" Tamora Pierce
"Uprooted by Naomi Novik is enchanting, in every sense of that fine old word. A charming and inviting story that looks unflinchingly at the strangling roots of hurt and revenge." Robin Hobb
"I didn't know how much I wanted to read a book like this until it was already in my hands. Uprooted has everything I love about Novik's writing style, with the added bonus of some old world magic and the flavor of a dark faerie story." Patrick Rothfuss
"A beguiling novel" Independent, SFF Books of the Year
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Even if you don’t consider yourself a fantasy fan, we’re sure you’ll get sucked into this gorgeously written story about Agnieszka, a tomboyish teenager who is selected to serve the Dragon, a powerful and mysterious wizard who rules her kingdom. Like The Hunger Games’ Katniss, Naomi Novik’s arresting protagonist possesses awe-inspiring reserves of intelligence, integrity and courage. With its intriguing nods to Polish folklore and tense, rapid-fire plot, Uprooted continually surprised us, leading us deeper and deeper into a brilliant tale of dark magic, political intrigue, friendship, fear and revenge.
In this breathtaking departure from her Temeraire alternate history series, Novik drops readers into an instantly immersive Polish fairy tale. The so-called Dragon is actually a man a wizard who takes young women from a rural village as payment for protecting the region from the poisonous influence of the evil Wood. When Agnieszka is chosen to serve the Dragon for 10 years, she finds within herself a rare and incredible talent for magic. She is disaster prone and homesick, but nonetheless steps up to the role of heroine when the situation demands it. Soon, Agnieszka's fabulous journey expands to encompass a deadly quest, the terrible glamor of a royal court, a true and unbreakable friendship, and just a touch of romance. Novik's use of language is supremely skillful as she weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come.
A captivating story
A wonderful all-in-one piece rooted in deep, instinctive magic and Polish cultural delights.
A little more detail
All in all note a bad premise……but it could have done with some fleshing out
When I think of great adventure fantasy I think of Feist or Eddings with beautiful details to the characters and the world around them, painting the rich vibrant watercolour with their words.
That’s what I would hope all fantasy authors would aim for.
This lacks some of the fineness and story telling quality those great novel have