No, I am not talking about Lord Of The Rings, I am talking about Uprooted by Naomi Novik
by Naomi Novik
Published by: 2015
Hardcover: 437 pages
My rating: 5/5
First sentence: Our dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley.
Summary: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
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.
I chose this book as my first post, because it was the easiest one for me. It is my favorite book of all time. Without question. There wasn’t a moment in the book where I wasn’t smiling. If someone asked me ‘what are you reading?’ or ‘what is going on?’ I always had an answer, and I was excited to tell them, giving dramatic and quick details of the story that got my friends to laugh every time. It even got to the point where every hour they would ask me ‘what happened next?’ I knew they were enjoying the book too, and they weren’t even reading it.
Uprooted is a special book that left a place in my heart, long after I finished reading. I only read the book once so far, and I can still quote my favorite parts in the story, and some even word for word. I had multiple favorite parts in the story, and that in itself shows how good the book was, because most stories, even good ones, will only have one or two memorable moments, while this book had over a dozen.
This book had a little bit of everything. It keeps you questioning with all its twists and turns, and my usual ‘I must solve the mystery’ part of me disappeared within a few chapters. I was so immersed within the story I couldn’t stop myself from just relaxing and enjoying the feeling of reading a good book.
Truth is, this was the book that brought back reading for me. It brought back excitement and amazement in the art of story telling. It made me want to pick up another book and continue reading something else. Hoping to find another awe inspiring book, buried among the shelves in the book stores and libraries. To feel that thrill of staying up all night and day, turning the page over and over.
Another thing that caught my attention was it’s length. This book is bigger then most, but at the same time, it is so fast pace that it was able to put three major plot points in the book. It had over three major battle scenes, and three locations. In my opinion if the story was slowed down, the author could have EASILY made this into a trilogy, one for each location, but she didn’t.
This book is about a girl who gets chosen by a wizard to stay at his tower for 10 years, but when she gets there, things starts to unfold as evil tries to expand it’s power, and shit goes down. Battles, magic, an evil forest, and very many but very distinct characters. This book has everything you could ever want or need in a fantasy.
Many people mistake this book as Young Adult, but it’s not. It’s Adult. That doesn’t give or take away from the experience, and I would recommend this book to anyone: Young, Old, Male or Female.
But a word of warning: If you pick up this book, you will not be able to put it down— And it takes three days to read it. So get ready to lose a lot of sleep.