Uprooted

Uprooted

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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. -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, ©2015
ISBN: 9780804179034
9780804179058
Branch Call Number: NOVIK
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 22 cm

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Agnieszka loves her her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. 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. When Agnieszka is t... Read More »

Uprooted contains all my favorite things in a YA fantasy: a young woman put in aggravating circumstances discovers her own power and is forced to use all available will, talent, and knowledge to fight a greater evil to her community and the world as she knows it.

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SurreyLibraries_Reads Nov 19, 2018

Uprooted contains all my favorite things in a YA fantasy: a young woman put in aggravating circumstances discovers her own power and is forced to use all available will, talent, and knowledge to fight a greater evil to her community and the world as she knows it. This contribution features both a... Read More »


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JCLJuliaV Mar 25, 2020

This is an amazingly epic fairy tale that puts a spin on a number of classic elements found in folktales. A "dragon" that is actually a surly wizard. A forest that is literally alive and entirely evil. And a romance that is reminiscent of "Beauty and the Beast."
Agnieszka is unexpectedly uprooted from her home and taken to the Dragon's tower. There she must learn to understand and control the powers she never knew she had; an awkward endeavor with many humorous results. But Agnieszka's unusual powers become essential when her dearest friend, Kasia, is taken by the Forest, launching her into an unforgettable adventure filled with pivotal discoveries that threaten the very existence of her country. With the (unwilling) help of the Dragon and an entourage of royal wizards, Agnieszka must fight her way through the hidden past of the Forest and unearth the root of its evil corruption.

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littlebadbooks
Mar 20, 2020

Straight to the point: Don't let the first couple of chapters discourage you from finishing this lovely plot-driven, folklore-fantasy embracing beauty of a book.

If you like plot-driven books that are steeped in folklore (in this case Polish folkore) with a female lead who goes from having believed herself to have always been second best to a magic wielding powerhouse of a witch, then this is the book for you. The setting is a medieval fictional world called Polnya where a forest called the Wood is slowly taking over towns. Monsters are known to prowl the Wood and occasionally take a villager or attack towns. Those who are taken are turned into horrible abominations- they are "corrupted" by the Wood and it is by royal decree that once corrupted, they are to be put to death (there is no cure). Our main character is from the town of Dvernik, which is protected by the most powerful wizard of the land- the Dragon. In exhange for protection, every 10 years the people of Dvernik let the Dragon take the most beautiful, intelligent, and able young woman to his castle to be his servant. Of all the young ladies taken, none have ever returned to their households- they decide to leave to the capital or larger towns, having studied from the Dragon's library. Agniezhka's world is turned upside down when the Dragon selects to take her, rather than her beautiful best friend Kasia. It is only once she is in the Dragon's tower that she begins to realize the wizard chose her because of her own magical abilities that he unhappily helps her develop.

She is the undutiful apprentice, and he the unwilling master. Her studies are halted suddenly when she hears of her best friend Kasia being taken by the Wood... and their adventure begins.

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Oh how I enjoyed reading this book! I couldn't put it down and then I didn't want it to be over. Yes, I did feel like it had a slow start, but if you give it time, you'll realize what a gem it is. I know you will!

I know for a fact that I will be reading more of this author's work. Anywho, enjoooooooyyyyyy!!

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N13m4nd
Nov 18, 2019

As this story began I was put off by the cliché of a plucky young heroine proving her critics wrong, but Uprooted soon leaves that phase behind and becomes a much more substantial novel. In fact, there’s more plot in this one book than in several volumes of a more typical series, and yet Uprooted does not feel crowded or rushed. The author is adept at placing characters in emotionally anguished situations and avoids overly tidy resolutions to their dilemmas.

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sollati
Nov 05, 2019

I recently reread this book after first having read it several years ago. I'd forgotten several key plot points, and I loved having a second chance to encounter the story and experience that sense of surprise again. It's such a beautifully written fairy tale-esque novel, with takes on fantasy tropes you wouldn't necessarily expect and a narrator who's wonderfully down to earth despite everything happening around her.

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derikam
Oct 29, 2019

An amazing book! I was not really a fan of fantasy but this book swayed me. Such an easy read with cool characters and an interesting plot.

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nichernan
Oct 26, 2019

checked out 2 days ago and haven't been able to put it down! Great Heroine with a unique story-line. Novik proves to me once again, as she did with the Temeraire series, that she is a great writer and never fails to keep you on the edge and wanting more.

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Linyarai
Oct 24, 2019

I was hooked by the first line and in love from the first page. I enjoyed this a lot more than Spinning Silver, it was everything I could have hoped for.

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Barbdesign
Sep 17, 2019

So many small jewels in this quick-paced and excellent book that also proves multiple dichotomies: women's ways of knowing/institutional "truth"; connection/isolation; contamination/integrity; corruption/wholeness.

Amazingly, the story multidimensionally renders a battered and abused person who emerges solid, powerful and self-contained -- as well as one who emerges hateful, powerful and destructive. Although we have many books that focus on the latter (rapists, domestic abusers and murderers, pedophiles), this is the first I know of that fully develops the woman who gathers her power, self, and strength together to surpass and rise out of horrific abuse and pain, victorious, uncompromised.
Novik also gives us the clearest reflections on immortality I've ever read. A marvel of a book. This will be a classic.

IndyPL_SteveB Jul 11, 2019

Terrific, can’t-put-it-down fantasy from the author of *Spinning Silver.*

Every ten years the tiny villages around the Wood send a teenage daughter to serve the Dragon. The Dragon is the nickname for Sarkan, a wizard who protects the villages from the Wood, which is a magically corrupted place. The Wood seeks to destroy the villages and sometimes sends evil creatures to seize the villagers. Agnieszka and everyone else in her village assume that the Dragon this year will take her best friend Kasia, the perfect young woman who has been groomed for the role. But instead Sarkan takes Agnieszka, when he discovers that she has her own untrained magical abilities.

The book begins with the flavor of Beauty and the Beast; but it doesn’t stay that simple. It has the feeling of folklore, with hints of Grimm and Baba Yaga but original in its execution. Agnieszka turns out to have abilities that can help recover some people who have been taken by the Wood; but it’s an ability with limitations.

Unlike some fantasies, this book does not create an entire world. The author just focuses on one valley and its people and problems. That gives the story an intimacy which makes the setting feel very real. The characters really pulled me in and the heart-pounding pace set by Novik stole several hours of sleep from me.

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laurenjensen
Jul 08, 2019

Naomi Novik does an awesome job of telling interesting and engaging stories. I will however say that about midway through her books I typically wish they had been edited slightly more. Having said that I would say her endings are good and her books are worth reading.

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AL_SARAHBR Oct 25, 2017

“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.”

AL_SARAHBR Oct 25, 2017

“He wasn’t a person, he was a lord and a wizard, a strange creature on another plane entirely, as far removed as storms and pestilence.”

AL_SARAHBR Oct 25, 2017

"What an unequaled gift for disaster you have.”

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shayshortt
Oct 04, 2016

Those the walkers carried into the Wood were less lucky. We didn’t know what happened to them, but they came back out sometimes, corrupted in the worst way: smiling and cheerful, unharmed. They seemed almost themselves to anyone who didn’t know them well, and you might spend half a day talking with one of them and never realize anything was wrong, until you found yourself taking up a knife and cutting off your own hand, putting out your own eyes, your own tongue, while they kept talking all the while, smiling, horrible.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 22, 2015

"...vanishing like a statue under running water." p. 172

'Dearest," she said urgently, breathlesly, "what a brilliantly original angle [to wear a hat]--I've never seen anything like it before."
I blurted out, "Are you--are you trying to be rude?" As soon as the idea occured to me, all the odd things she'd said and done came together andmade a strange malicious sense. pp 259-260

She turned to me and said dourly, "There's always a price."
"Yes," I said, low and tired. And I didn't think we were done paying." p. 314

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Nikkelsndimes
Aug 19, 2015

"...truth didn’t mean anything without someone to share it with; you could shout truth into the air forever, and spend your life doing it, if someone didn’t come and listen.”

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 10, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is an attempted sexual assault/rape scene early on in the book that can be triggering for survivors if caught off-guard by it. The scene is swiftly ended by the victim of the attack and she is not "actually harmed" in any way, but the scene is quite intense at first.

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 10, 2018

Sexual Content: There is moderately graphic sexual content, but it's done "modestly" and in a way that is very healthy and full of love.

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julia_sedai
Aug 11, 2016

Sexual Content: There is a little bit of sexual content, but the romance isn't really the focus of the book. Also there is an attempted rape although Agnieszka proves resourceful.

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shayshortt
Oct 04, 2016

Agnieszka and Kasia have been best friends throughout their childhood in the village of Dvernik, bonded by the fact that they are both Dragon-born girls. Every ten years, the Dragon—the sorcerer who protects the valley from the dark magic of the Wood—takes a seventeen-year-old girl to live with him in the Tower, and both Agnieszka and Kasia will be seventeen the year his next servant is chosen. Everyone knows that it is Kasia, beautiful, and graceful, and competent, who will be chosen. And after ten years, she will emerge from the tower rich and educated, and leave the valley forever. But when the Dragon comes to make his choice, it is not Kasia who attracts his attention.

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