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Book Review : Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I’ve been sat here looking at the screen waiting for that moment when my thoughts about Uprooted become cohesive and I can start writing but reading my notes has sent me straight back into the story and I’ve become kind of lost in my imagination …

 My review won’t do the story justice but here goes!



Publisher: Tor; Air Iri OME edition (21 May 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1447298306
ISBN-13: 978-1447298304

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, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost 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 no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

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There’s plenty of adventure and tense moments in the villages, the tower, at court and of course in the wood.  Oh and humour too.  The antagonism between the Dragon and Agnieszka also flips over to create something beautiful and heals.  Their working together just draws you in and it made me feel as if it was my energy that was a part of it.

I loved the wood in all it’s shades – from the dark and foreboding to the final journey.  It’s a living and breathing entity that harms/kills and is insidious but the purpose exposed in the summoning is heartbreaking.  The role afterwards that Agnieszka takes on with the heart trees is dedicated and something you would expect her to choose.

In case there’s any doubt, I LOVED Uprooted.  You’ll recognise the myths and fairytales which are part of the plot and have been crafted with perfection so that they fit seamlessly with the whole.  Yes, I’ve been a part of Agnieszka’s life and even been her – from that innocence in the beginning to the strong character she becomes.   She is unique in the skill that is hers and fearless when it comes to facing danger.  An amazing main character 🙂  All of the characters prompted a reaction but she is my favourite.

Fitting that we end the story at the beginning …

Uprooted spoke to me about the ties we have with the land and how our fear of others who are different to us can make us toxic in our ignorance; of how power can be wielded by corrupted individuals and how we’re unsure of how an individual will react because of their own agenda; but most of all, accepting who we are and not compromising ourselves for anyone.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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