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.
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley.”
Once every ten years the Dragon comes and takes a girl from the village to take to his tower in exchange for keeping their valley safe from the corrupting Wood. All her life Agnieszka has prepared herself to lose her best friend, Kasia, to the Dragon. But on the night the Dragon arrives, to everyone’s surprise, he chooses Agnieszka.
This was difficult to rate, it started out very strong, but even with the authors beautiful descriptions I found myself losing interest.
What I liked:
Agnieszka’s best friend Kasia plays a huge role in Uprooted. Their friendship is filled with love, loyaly, and understanding. Agnieszka would do anything for Kasia, and vice versa. But while their relationship is amazing, they still have their moments of jealously which makes it much more realistic.
He was constantly frustrated and had the communication skills of a toddler. Even when he literally experienced no character growth throughout the book I still liked him.
Fantasy books tend to have the same villain over and over again but I’ll give Novik a lot of credit here, I’ve never seen a villain like the Wood. I swear this thing belongs in a horror movie. It was just so unexpected.
What I didn’t like:
Yeah, I liked the Dragon and I kind of liked Agnieszka. But I thought there was zero chemistry between them. And he was sooo mean to her. When their relationship started changing and he was still being an asshole I gave up.
I thought this started out great and then suddenly at around 30% my interest waned for some reason and it didn’t pick up until around 70%.
And then there’s The Magic and World building
Honestly that lands somewhere in the middle. But the magic system was weird as hell and flawed in my opinion. Also you can’t pronounce any of it.
Overall this book was okay, but I am sort of the outsider when it comes to Uprooted, so if you’re a fan of fantasy I’d give it a try either way.