A dark enchantment blights the land in the award-winning Uprooted – a enthralling fantasy inspired by fairy tales, by Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire series.
Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel
Winner of the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
Winner of the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel
Shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
Shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Novel
Agnieszka loves her village, set deep 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. One young village woman must serve him for ten years, leaving all they value behind.
Agnieszka fears her dearest friend Kasia will be picked at the next choosing, for she's everything Agnieszka is not – beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it's not Kasia he takes.
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.
Didnt want it to end
Loved this book although not to begin with i just felt it took ages to properly start, nearly gave up but so glad i didnt turned out to be an amazing story!! And long very long the twists just kept coming
One of my favourites!
I loved this book! Its a really interesting plot and completely unpredictable, I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it, would 100% recommend
I love this book! Quite a slow pace but it's worth it!