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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 knowseveryone knowsthat the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isnt, 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." from back cover.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, 2016
Edition: Del Rey trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780804179058
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 03, 2018

I loved this book!. If you are an adult who loved YA fantasy but can't seem to get into Adult fantasy and scifi this is for you. The world building and structure is similar to YA as in the fact that the world isn't described in angonizing detail for the first 2 chapters, but rules are given when they are needed. The themes though are darker and more thought provoking for adults. Read this book, it was wonderful.

Jul 03, 2018

Folklore fantasy for grown ups.

If you were ever a fan of the darker tales, this is for you.

Jun 04, 2018

Brilliant well written fantasy that sucked me in a kept me there. Love a strong heroine and a well constructed magical World I can come apart of.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.”

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.

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

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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May 22, 2017

Greyism thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Mar 16, 2017

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

Aug 21, 2016

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Jun 06, 2016

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Dec 22, 2015

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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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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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