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Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I imagine I have absolutely nothing new to say about Uprooted. I finally got on the bandwagon and read this well loved icon. And I was not disappointed.


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.


So I think I can safely say that what drew me to Uprooted are the characters. It features a fierce heroine who must realize that magic isn’t just to build our own power, but can also help the ones we love. The Dragon is a character that will stay with me in its shadows, the way it feels when it leaves a room, and the lingering absence. It’s a book about the fact that we can’t all learn one way – celebrating intuition and female magic. And it’s a story that allows the characters to face the wind with their flaws, their chinks, and their weaknesses.

Uprooted is about sacrifices for our family. Expectations that are proven wrong. And our journey to form connections with the people around us. It’s a book with strong fairy tale elements which will transport you to the epic stories in our societal consciousness. Stories about magic that can defy the possible, heroes that spring forth from nothing, and quests for love.

Find Uprooted on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


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