Wednesday, August 12, 2015

REVIEW: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Book Blurb: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

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.

My Review: I have to say going into this I thought it was going to be a fairytale retelling but it is anything but. It started off  a little slow but the pace quickly picked up after she learned a little bit of magic. She basically goes on quest to save her friend and then it turns into saving the Queen to destroying the Wood. At points in this story I started to believe that she couldn't pull off getting rid of the evil the Wood but Agnieszka manages to pull it off with help from the Dragon and her friend Kasia. I felt sorry for Kasia to begin with but she grows into this bad ass character who becomes the Captain of the Guard by the end of the book.

I liked Agnieszka better once she stopped being scared of the Dragon all the time. She also managed to grow into a character I like. What can I say about the Dragon or Sarkan as people that know him call him. He was a a great male character and a great teacher for Agnieszka. I didn't like the younger prince or the Queen. The Crown Prince, his wife and family and the King were just so-so characters. They were only there for one reason and once it's served you forget about them.

This book was awesome and anybody who enjoys a good fantasy novel needs to read it.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

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