Author: Naomi Novik
Date Started: 05/05/2019
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪
Synopsis from Amazon:
A dark enchantment blights the land in the award-winning Uprooted – an enthralling, mythic fantasy by Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire series.
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.
I really enjoyed Naomi Novik’s writing style and read this book pretty quickly, because of the way which she draws you into the book. The way she described things made me feel like I was there I could imagine everything as she described.
I really like the friendship that develops/relationship between her and the dragon, who tries to be as dismissive as he can of her being in his tower.
I also loved the life long friendship between Agnieszka and Kasia. This is an amazing friendship and either of them would do anything for the other.
The plot was very well done and takes references from polish culture and the main characters name is taken from a polish fairy tale.
Naomi Novik talks about this on her website here
The book does have some hints of typical tropes, for example, a girl who doesn’t think she is special turns out to be special, but this didn’t take anything away from the story. The actual plot isn’t something I have read before and read like a fairytale
because I love her writing style I will definitely be reading more by this author.
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