Uprooted by Naomi Novik

61GTgHMU28L._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_What it’s about: Uprooted follows Agnieszka, the awkward village girl who always manages to get leaves in her hair and dirty her skirts, on an unexpected adventure. Every 10 years, the local ruling wizard, nicknamed the Dragon, comes to the village and takes a girl back with him. He doesn’t eat them or marry them, but none of the girls return to the village after being taken. Agnieszka knows that her lovely best friend will be taken, but her life tips upside down when the unexpected happens and she becomes the Dragon’s apprentice. He grumpily takes her on as an apprentice, and Agnieszka suddenly finds herself a key player in the fight for the country and kingdom that she loves.

Why I liked it: I read this book while traveling through British Colombia, which was fitting because so much of Uprooted is about the woods. The Wood is a malevolent and sentient force in the book, and wandering through the towering, mossy canopy while thinking about Uprooted really added to the magic. I also enjoyed this novel because it was reminiscent of the natural, wild magic I found in books I loved as a teenager– T.A. Barron’s Merlin series, or Monica Furlong’s Wise Child, for instance. 

Audience: Adult (for elements of violence and one scene of randomly strong sexuality)

Read of you like:

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce


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