Uprooted

Uprooted

Book - 2015
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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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LVCCLD_Chris May 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. As this is based on Eastern European folklore, it was new to me. Awesome main character.

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Rboogaart
Mar 17, 2018

This book captured my soul, pulling me right into the story. So much adventure. I have to say that I wasn't always happy with where the writer led me to next, but that's the point of story telling. You have to have some negative points so the character grows. This was my favorite book so far this year. Five stars.

SPPL_Anna Mar 10, 2018

Uprooted is a fairy tale of a book, but more importantly it gave me the same feeling I got when reading something amazing as a child. It was the same feeling as reading Ella Enchanted or Howl's Moving Castle, and getting to feel that same joy in reading something that resonated so deeply with me.

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ryner
Jan 29, 2018

Every ten years in Agnieszka's village during The Taking, the most promising young girl is chosen by the local wizard and taken from her family to live with him alone in his tower. Though everyone assumes the worst, no one knows why he wants them or what happens to the girls during their stay, only that they emerge ten years later, changed, and they never again return to live in the village. This year, though unspoken, it will naturally be her talented and beautiful friend Kasia who is taken. When the unthinkable occurs and Agnieszka herself is selected, she realizes she's about to find out what really happens.

This book had a few weaknesses, the primary being the sheer amount and intensity of verbal cruelty dumped on Agnieszka by Sarkan for a decent chunk of the story, enough that by the end I still hadn't forgiven him for it. If you can get past that, and also successfully track the changing alliances and manifestations of The Wood, it's a charming fantasy novel that can stand alone beautifully, though I believe sequel is on its way.

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Principoo
Jan 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book it was a refreshing change. At first I was not sure but after reading it for a while it caught my interest and I found it hard to put down.

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BiblioBrietta
Nov 22, 2017

This book was rich, enrapturing, and believable, and I most appreciated that it didn't follow a typical narrative arc - it's much more about the fallout from what could have been the "big battle" in another book. The systems of magic were intricate without being unnecessarily complicated, as were Novik's description of the woods. I wasn't into the core romance, because 1) I hastily read the synopsis and was expecting a literal dragon, and 2) exploring a relationship with Agnieszka and her best friend Kasia would have been much more interesting.

OatmealThunder Nov 09, 2017

Sometimes you just want to read a book about magical, killer forests, and a burdgeoning witch and cranky magician that simultaneously detest and respect each other. Naomi Novik knows this, and she wrote this book for you.

TanG9 Aug 11, 2017

Great read! Enchantingly written with engaging, strong female characters. Just what I love to read! Made me hope the author will write similar stories in the future.

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Bell_Fleck
Aug 02, 2017

I read through Uprooted very quickly. It is action-packed. In this respect, especially as regards violent action, I was reminded of the young adult genre's move towards graphic violence, heralded by Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. It is not a move I have enjoyed seeing in literature. The action of Uprooted is what appears to have caused this book to be deemed a good one. In my "book", that does not make for a good book. Uprooted suffers from a lack of a coherent theme or themes. As I thought about the book afterwards I couldn't land on any--good versus evil? environmentalism? the evil inside us all? the fruit of bitterness? All found within the book, but none clearly the main theme. This was the result of the story's incoherence. It opens with one kind of story, about a foreboding character called the Dragon. It shifts to the protagonist's relationship with the Dragon. Then the protagonist is in the capital city, and so on and so on. These are connected in some ways--same characters, same setting--but in a jumpy fashion. I would think the story was going to be about one thing...and then it wasn't. Ultimately I did not find this was for the sake of suspense, but the result of a lack of story planning. Third, the magic was not believable. Its use came off too many times as a tool to propel the action of the story forward. Moreover, the development and history of the magic was not clear enough to cloud my mind from questioning it. And finally--thank you, Greyism (see comment below). The protagonists' relationship with the Dragon character is unhealthy, but not presented as such. Literarily, Novik did not fully form the relationship and misstepped further in amping the intimacy of it, particularly in a book considered YA. Disclaimer: there is a sex scene. No thank you, Novik. In conclusion, I wanted to like the book, but overall I did not.

SCL_Toby Jul 22, 2017

I enjoyed how Novik explores that world and the magic in the world. It feels like a fresh take on magic-use. I was unable to guess what was going to come next as the story continued, which I quite enjoyed. However, I did find as the book moved towards the final reveal it dragged. The ending is very solid though. Overall all I definitely recommend Uprooted for anyone who likes to read fairytales -- definitely an engaging and interesting read.

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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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Greyism
May 22, 2017

Greyism thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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tgabriel_0
Mar 16, 2017

tgabriel_0 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18

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momshoes1
Aug 21, 2016

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lynngin
Jun 06, 2016

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LauraSteinert
Dec 22, 2015

LauraSteinert thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

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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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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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