Uprooted

22544764by Naomi Novik
Fantasy
5 of 5 stars

My friend Erin recommended this book to me and I’m so glad she did – this is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve ever read! I loved every page, so thank you Erin! This book is essentially flawless.

Agnieszka and Kasia knew their entire lives that their village’s protective wizard, the Dragon, would choose Kasia–beautiful, brave, perfect Kasia–to be his servant in the tower for ten years, and after that they would never see each other again. But when the choosing day comes, the Dragon doesn’t choose Kasia, and it’s a whirlwind of dark magic and darker adventures for the rest of the story.

The way magic works in this world is a wonderful mix of carefully ordered chants and wildly unmeasured instincts, and Agnieszka’s unwilling tutelage under the Dragon is funny and entertaining. It’s a vivid picture of an architect trying to work with an abstract artist and finding the balance in their techniques.

My favorite aspect of this book was Agnieszka and Kasia’s friendship. It’s so rare to find equally powerful women who are fiercely loyal to one another. They recognize that neither of them is perfect, and that sometimes they harbor resentment or envy towards each other over how their lives unfolded, but they both choose to hold their friendship as more important than those things. They risk their lives for each other multiple times, without hesitation, and I want to see that kind of relationship in novels of any genre.

I don’t want to spoil anything else – if you like fantasy novels, read this one!

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself, Uprooted is available on Goodreads and on Powell’s store website, here. Powell’s has several locations in Oregon, and is one of the largest independent bookstores in the country. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!


Similar reads:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Her first fantasy novel for adults follows the huntress Feyre and her terrible bargain with the fae to keep her life and her family safe. See my review here.
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – Another dark secret lurking in the heart of a forest, with a young girl determined to become a knight to save everyone from the faeries’ dark magic. See my review here.
  • The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol. 1 by Diana Wynne Jones – The Chrestomanci is the nine-lived sorcerer responsible for keeping balance in the Twelve Related Worlds, but first he has to learn how that’s done. Especially if he can’t seem to do magic at all. These novellas are fun and imaginative like all of Jones’ work.
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley – A woman finds herself in trouble with vampires – then finds herself with the power to keep them away. A unique and interesting take on vampire lore with McKinley’s usual style.
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – A lyrical and moving friendship between two magical beings and their struggle to survive in 1899 New York City. See my review here.
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I’ve had this on my to-read list for months (shameful, yes) but from the rave reviews I’ve heard I think this would be an interesting follow-up to Uprooted.
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – Lyra finds herself caught up in a political and religious struggle for the fate and future of parallel worlds in this vibrant and spell-binding trilogy. The symbolism and world-building is captivating, and Lyra’s journey to find her place in the universe is moving.
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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. erinkbay
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 09:46:00

    AAAAHAHAHAHA!!!! OMG I’M FREAKING OUT!!!! I’m so excited that you loved it!!!! UGH ISN’T IT GORGEOUSLY AMAZING??? Yayayayyaayyayaa!! (I’m out of control!!)

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  3. Laura
    Sep 07, 2015 @ 23:14:05

    Reblogged this on LaLa's Blog and commented:
    to be read

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