Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Cover for Naomi Novik's Uprooted shows a castle divided into pictures. The main picture shows a woman magically growing a rose. The other pictures along the side of the castle show minor characters from the book. Uprooted
By Naomi Novik
Del Rey, 2015

What the book’s about: 

Agnieszka’s beloved village stands on the edge of the corrupted Wood. Her beloved forest, the clear crisp river, the village itself are all threatened by the evil that lurks in that Wood.

They are not without protection, however. The village elders have struck a bargain with a heartless, but powerful wizard known only as the Dragon. In exchange for his protection, the village elders lets the Dragon choose one young woman to serve him at his castle. He chooses a new woman from the village every ten years.

The Dragon will arrive to choose his next servant any day now, but Agnieszka is sad, not worried. Everyone knows that the Dragon will choose Kasia. Kasia is beautiful, graceful, brave — the best the village has to offer, and the Dragon always chooses the best. The problem is Kasia is Agnieszka’s best friend, and Agnieska can’t imagine life in the village without her.

Turns out Agnieszka should have spent her time worrying about something else.

What I thought about it: 

School is finally back in session here, and I really ought to have spent my time yesterday working on the 1001 writing-related to-do’s that piled up over the summer, but I didn’t. I suppose I’m not quite ready to let go of summer yet. In any case, I spent the day reading this instead.

Uprooted is a gorgeous fairy tale for grown-ups, full of complicated pain and beautiful magic.

NPR’s quote on the cover warns you to clear your schedule before picking it up. I ignored them, of course, but then I latched on to the thinnest possible excuse to skip work yesterday and read this instead. So you know, you might want to clear your schedule responsibly before you pick it up.

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