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Uprooted: A Novel by Naomi Novik
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Uprooted: A Novel (edition 2016)

by Naomi Novik (Author)

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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 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.… (more)
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Title:Uprooted: A Novel
Authors:Naomi Novik (Author)
Info:Del Rey (2016), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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una Favola di maghi e boschi incantati ( )
  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
Uprooted - Novak
3 (generous) stars

I was very impressed with Novak’s Spinning Silver, but this book disappointed me. My opinion may be partly influenced by my dislike of the audiobook. Lacking time to sit with a book I had hoped for an enjoyable audio. The reader’s Russian accent did add an authentic atmosphere, but ultimately it was painful to listen to her distorted halting pronunciation.

I enjoyed the book a bit more when I was able to sit with the text. At least, I was able to speed up my pace through an overly long story. I do think the book was too long, but strangely, I also feel that it was underdeveloped. The source and rapid acquisition of Agnieszka’s magic is never really explained. She leaps from incompetent novice to world saver in the nick of time. Magic, of course. But, as a reader, it was hard to buy into it. The book is full of personal and political complications that appear with little development. I kept waiting for the puzzle pieces to fit together, but when they did I wasn’t sure how it happened. The ‘happy’ ending felt overly convenient and unlikely.

I’m left with the opinion the Uprooted was a good first effort at a fairytale retelling. Spinning Silver is the work of a more experienced and skilled author. ( )
  msjudy | Apr 28, 2024 |
Very well written. As the back blurb says "...clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won't want to put it down." Let's hope this is the beginning of a new series for Novik. ( )
  Dorothy2012 | Apr 22, 2024 |
There wasn't anything objectively bad about this book, but it never gripped me. The writing was solid and the plot flowed quite well, but I found the Wood as an enemy pretty nebulous, even after you learn what it is, and magic in the book is completely arbitrary. In that sense, it is much more of a fairy tale than a fantasy novel. For that kind of story, elongated from short story to novel form, it's one of the best I've read. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
DNF at 57%

Everyone calls this a YA book. IT IS NOT!!!

I have a whole lot of issues with this book so I'll start a list. (I am calling Agnieszka 'MC' [main character] for this review)

1) The love interest, Dragon, is verbally abusive. I'll add in some of his quotes and MC's thoughts to show what I mean.
"In fact, I'm inclined to believe you are mentally defective."
"Is there anything you can do?" he asked, mockingly?
"Are you grown suddenly deaf?"" he snapped? "Stop fussing with those plates and take yourself off. And keep to your rooms until I summon you again."
Honestly, I don't know what MC sees in this jerk. He is absolutely terrible. But we haven't gotten to the worst of it yet.

2) MC nearly gets raped by another character and this is the Dragon's response after she stops the man.
"[right after MC stops the man] You idiot, what have you done?"
"And now you're going to blubber, I suppose," the Dragon said over my head. "What were you thinking? Why did you put yourself into that ludicrous dress if you didn't want to seduce him?"
And then the Dragon solves the problem by altering the man's memory to make him believe that he did rape her,
"I'll make it an unpleasant memory--all elbows and shrill maidenly giggling."

3) The Dragon tells MC that she has magic and she suddenly has magic. BAM, out of nowhere. That is not good world or character building.

4) This book is written like an adult novel. Everything from word choice to sentence structure screams adult. It was so dense that I had to reread paragraphs over and over again to even understand what was happening.

5) I quit before this part, but apparently there is an explicit sex scene as well as almost a second one.

1 Star

Tropes: Polish/Russian fairytale, Cinderella, Rapunzel, young girl and centuries old guy

Content: attempted rape, abuse, explicit romance ( )
  libraryofemma | Apr 18, 2024 |
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Uprooted is not, as I thought it might be after those first three chapters, any of the following: a Beauty and the Beast story; a somewhat quiet tale about learning one’s magical abilities and negotiating a relationship with one’s teacher; or a story that includes intrinsically-gendered magic. What it is, is a kingdom-level fantasy with great magic and an engaging narrator—which packs a surprising amount of plot into its single volume. I recommend it highly.
added by SimoneA | editTor.com, Kate Nepveu (Jun 10, 2015)
 
The pages turn and the Kindle screens swipe with alacrity. An early expedition into the Wood to rescue a long-missing Queen is particularly white-knuckle. Temeraire fans will be pleased to know that a superb tower-under-siege sequence demonstrates that Novik has lost none of her facility for making complex battle scenes clear and exciting. And Agnieszka remains a scrappy, appealing hero throughout. It’s just that one can’t help but be reminded that Novik’s Temeraire series will conclude next year as a nine-novel cycle and wonder why a writer so skilled at pacing a long, complicated chronicle over multiple books has crammed this story into one.

It’s as if Novik is overcorrecting for the kind of Hollywood bloat that causes studios to split fantasy-novel adaptations into multiple films. Here, she packs an entire trilogy into a single book. Agnieszka’s corridors-of-power adventures in Polnya’s capital have kind of a middle-volume vibe to them, while some fascinating late-breaking revelations about the nature of the Wood definitely feel like they deserve their own dedicated installment. I felt this most particularly in Agnieszka’s evolution as a character. While it’s thrilling in the book’s final third to read about her taking control of her own magical identity as a latter-day Baba Yaga, it does feel as though it’s happened without giving her the opportunity to explore a few blind-alley identities on the way there.
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Belhassof, Cláudia MelloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hermoso Oliveras, JulioTraductorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Królicki, Zbigniew A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Our Dragon doesn't eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside the valley.
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She'd remembered the wrong things, and forgotten too much. She'd remembered how to kill and how to hate, and she'd forgotten how to grow.
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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 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.

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Agnieszka helps
the Dragon battle the dark
power of the Wood.
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