Uprooted by Naomi Novik

T I T L E: Uprooted
A U T H O R: Naomi Novik
P U B L I S H E R: Random House Publishing Group/Del Rey Sppectra
P U B L I S H--D A T E: May 19, 2015
I S B N:97808041734
“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.

     One word. Wow! This book was amazing. I loved every spine-tingling moment of it. It is reminiscent of an old-world fairytale. It’s true that it can get dark, but then the original fairytales of old were dark and not told in the same manner they are today, and that is one of the many things that I loved about this story.
     I must confess in the beginning I didn’t much care for the Dragon, but that all changed by the end of this very imaginative tale. It was great to watch Agnieszka grow and come into her own. I enjoyed the fact that her magic was not the same as the Dragon’s. The ending was not in the least predictable. However, I do have one complaint; the book seems to be a stand alone novel and I would love to see this story continue in at least another book, maybe two.
     I want to know what happens with the vile creatures still left in The Wood. I want to know what happens with the Dragon and Agnieszka. I want to know what happens with Kasia and the children. This is a world that I want to read more about. Simply put, I couldn’t get enough, and I want more.
Very well written and a must read for those that love not only the fantasy genre, but the folktales of old. I will be adding Ms. Novik to my list of favorite authors. There is no other rating that I can give this book, other than five stars, it's just that wonderful.