UprootedBook - 2015
From Library Staff
Many fans will insist that Novik’s debut novel, Her Majesty’s Dragon, actually began as Master and Commander fanfiction! However, Novik is also one of the founders of the Organization for Transformative Works, a non-profit dedicated to protecting fanworks as well as being the parent organization ... Read More »
LPL_ReadersServices Aug 27, 2016
LPL_EliH Nov 03, 2017
May 2018 - a fantasy fairytale
LPL_MeredithW Aug 13, 2016
If you like this novel's lush writing and imaginative reworking of a well-known fairy tale...
LPL_RachaelH May 03, 2015
This novel is like a warm hug from your grandmother. Reading Uprooted was like being plunged into an old folkish fairy tale and finding magical but realistic characters with all sorts of secrets to tell. The main character, Agnieszka, is a normal girl with a too long nose and a habit of stumblin... Read More »
From the critics
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tgabriel_0 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18
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“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.”
“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.”
"What an unequaled gift for disaster you have.”
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.
"...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
Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is an attempted sexual assault/rape scene early on in the book that can be triggering for survivors if caught off-guard by it. The scene is swiftly ended by the victim of the attack and she is not "actually harmed" in any way, but the scene is quite intense at first.
Sexual Content: There is moderately graphic sexual content, but it's done "modestly" and in a way that is very healthy and full of love.
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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.