Book Review: Uprooted

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

 Plot: “Agnieszka loves her quiet valley home, but the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power. Only the wizard known as the Dragon, can keep the Wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years. Agnieszka fears that her beloved friend, Kasia, will be chosen this year. However, when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he chooses.”

Review: Everywhere I turned, people were talking about this book. However, it wasn’t until two of my book clubs, Sword and Laser and Vaginal Fantasy, picked it for this month’s discussion that I bit the bullet and read it. And I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it!

Even though the book is labeled YA, it didn’t come across as such to me. There are a few scenes in particular that, to me, would classify this book as adult fiction. Not that I minded the sexy bits, they had just surprised me. Speaking of  romance, the only fault I found in this book, was the relationship between the male and female protagonists. Sorkan, aka, the Dragon was way to critical and insulting to Agnieszka for me to believe that they like/love one another.

The relationship that did make sense, and I felt was more important, was the one between Kasia and  Agnieszka. The friendship between these two characters was great. I love a strong female character, and this story had two kick-ass women who weren’t catty to one another, and were best buds! You have no idea how refreshing that is in a novel! Another thing that surprised me was that, even though this book was based on a polish fairy tale, it wasn’t predictable. I mean we all know how fairy tales go, once upon a time yadda yadda they lived happily ever after. Not in Uprooted, no ma’am, this story took a “Lord of the Rings” style turn, not that I’m complaining.

Recommendation: This book surprised me with it’s beautiful style and re-imagination of a classic fairy tale story. All the characters are well developed and interesting, especially Agnieszka. This book renewed my faith that not all hyped books are bad, I’m looking at you “Go Set A Watchman”. I would highly recommend this book to people who love fantasy novels, fairy tales, or a book that is simply an overall enjoyable read.

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