Paperback Perils: Uprooted


Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Publication Date: 2015
Publishing House: Del Rey

Recently for my Book of the Month I selected Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and I loved it. I had to read more of her work and the one that I heard the most about was Uprooted. 

Quick synopsis: Agnieszka loves her quiet home despite the fact that it stands on the edge of the Wood. A corrupted place full of malice. The Dragon, a wizard, is the lord of the valley. He guards the people of the valley from the Wood and in return he requires one young woman to serve in his tower for 10 years with out question. At the time of the choosing everyone believes it will be Kasia he chooses but it is not.

To be honest I didn’t like the way this book started out. It was too simple, too confused and lacking pertinent information but that was the way that Agnieszka saw the world. As her eyes opened so did ours.

Novik’s world in this book is brilliant and vivid. At its heart Uprooted is about love. What love can push someone to do that shouldn’t be possible and what love can blind someone to.  There is pain in this book and loss, some of it is old pain that has been brought with someone through childhood to adulthood. Some of the pain is new and characters are introduced to new horrors.

I loved this book. The last 100 pages or so I read in one sitting. Once it get going the book really pulls the reader in. The reader is stuck on this wild ride with Agnieszka, the Dragon, and all the others. Besides the beginning my only complaint about this book is Kasia, Agnieszka’s best friend. I feel that she doesn’t have a big enough roll despite how much she is in the book. She is a silent presents through out much of the story. I want to like her more but don’t feel that I know the character well enough.

Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think? This week I am reading Tempests and Slaughter,  what are you reading? Have a great Monday and a good rest of your week.

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