Getting lost in the Wood… – “Uprooted”, by Naomi Novik

Before we start with the review, note that it contains some spoilers. So, if you haven’t read the book, you should probably close this window!

Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell you outside our valley.

This is how the book begins, and this is the first thing we learn about the Dragon. He is a wizard, and his duty is to protect the villages from the Wood. But before we start with what is it about, let’s talk about the creator of this novel: Naomi Novik.

Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, and she was raised on Polish fairy tales and Tolkien. So she basically had a childhood full of magic. I found funny the fact that she participated in the design development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide, a game I actually played a few years back. My destiny to read this woman’s novel was written since I was a child!

Her debut novel was “His Majesty’s Dragon”, and was published in 2006 along with “Throne of Jade” and “Black Powder War”. It has been translated into 23 languages. (Not bad huh?)

Now that I’ve presented the author, let’s start with the novel!

We are introduced into the world of Agnieszka. She is a seventeen-year-old girl that lives in a valley near the Wood. The Wood that the Dragon protects. Every 10 years, he will come to the valley and pick a girl to live with him in the tower, where he resides. Everyone in the village believes that this year, he will pick Kasia. But to everyone’s surprise, he picks Agnieszka.

The Dragon is a wizard, and his duty is to keep the Wood at bay. When she moves with him, unwillingly and scared at first, she discovers that she can do magic. His job is to train her, but the Wood keeps attacking the civilians at the same time that Agnieszka and the Dragon discover that she is exceedingly good at it.

Things keep happening in the Wood and they must use all of their strength if they want to tear it down.

Will they achieve this task? That’s something you’ll have to discover when you read it!

I believe this is a fantasy book that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t usually read fantasy books, I’m more interested in horror or mystery. But still, since I bumped into it in a bookstore in my city, I’ve been wanted to read it. I was always putting it off for another book, but I decided that it was the time to read it, and I’ve read it in three days. It has been an addicting book, and I LOVE this feeling when you can’t put down a book, even when you are barely awake and have to reread the same line ten times. It’s a feeling I haven’t had since I read Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s books.

I know how sceptic I am when it comes to fantasy books, because it is not my favorite type of book, but this one definitely has something. So I recommend this book to anyone who is already into fantasy books or anyone who wants to introduce into the fantasy world and doesn’t know where to start.

Click here if you want to buy the book!

If you feel like reading more about witches, but with a different approach, you should check out Adriana Mather’s “How to Hang a Witch“!

See you in the next post!
Mireia


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