We didn’t originally plan for this to be June’s book, but after reading it we had to make a change. It’s that good!
Author: Naomi Novik
Release Date: 5/19/2015
Best known for her amazing work with military/dragon fantasy in the Temeraire series, Uprooted moves readers in a completely different direction. While taking the guise of a classic fairy tale setting, from the first page one can see that Naomi has managed to take a well-known premise and give it a unique and amazing twist. Uprooted is so full of rich storytelling and detailed elements it could have easily been expanded into a trilogy, yet the progression of events never feels rushed or glossed over. Our only regret is that Uprooted is currently planned as a stand-alone work, which means this may be our only view into such an amazing new world.
Back Blurb from the Publisher:
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
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.