Release Date: May 21st 2015 by Macmillan
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
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, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost 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 no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.
Uprooted is a high-octane adult fantasy novel of epic magical proportions. I fear I won’t give this book any justice because of my simple words compared to the book’s extraordinary ones. If you’re iffy about reading this because it’s adult fantasy – and that sort of thing intimidates you like it does to me – don’t worry. This book, surprisingly, reads like a normal YA novel. Novik doesn’t try too hard to blow you away with terminologies; she rather lets the story do the job for her.
So what is Uprooted about anyway? Well, I won’t tell you because a) I’m not very good at summarising things and b) it’ll ruin all the fun! But don’t let the synopsis fool you. It’s more than just Agnieszka or the Dragon. It’s this exhilarating tale of epic (take note: epic) magic and politics and darkness.
What makes Uprooted so readable and enjoyable for me is our narrator, Agnieszka. Trust me, you will love her voice. She’s fierce and smart and witty – especially with the Dragon. I also really adored her relationship with Kasia, her best friend. Hands down, the strongest friendship I have ever read in a book. The Dragon, on the other hand, reminded me a little bit of the Darkling (from the Grisha) and Ignifex (from Cruel Beauty). He had this villainous and dictatorial air to him like the Darkling but also this subtle gentleness like Ignifex. Oh and he is very sassy.
This may sound weird but one of my favourite things about Uprooted was the antagonist aka the Wood. It’s a bloody scary thing that forcibly takes away people and destroys them. It reminded of the Shadow Fold from the Grisha. Now can you see why I loved this book so much?
I hope I successfully convinced you to read this book because if not, I’ll probably be banging at your door screaming READ THIS BOOK HEY. But seriously though, I cannot recommend this enough. Go forth and read!