Huge thank you to Random House for sending me a copy of Uprooted in exchange for an honest review. This has been on my TBR for years and I am so glad I finally got to it, I loved it! This book is whimsical and beautiful, breathing new life into an old classic. It felt entirely like its own story while having small traces of being a retelling. Uprooted read like a fairytale mixing in action, adventure, romance, and danger, all flowing perfectly to create a master piece. I give this 4.5 stars!!
“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.”
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.
I just want to hold this book close and never let go. I love the way this book made me feel. I have read a few fantasies this year, but much less than I used too. I think this is because a lot of the fantasies I have read haven’t really felt magical. I know that sounds sort of weird because fantasies should be magical, but its true! Uprooted felt incredibly magical to me, I was pulled into another world and I enjoyed living there for awhile. Naomi’s writing was beautifully done, it felt sort of old time-y but it fit for the story perfectly. I really wish there was a map of the world because that would be really cool since so much of this world is mentioned through out the story.
Agnieszka was a great, admirable character. Her growth through the book was well done and she became such an inspiration to me as a reader. She was a great friend, loyal to her family and village, strong and independent, and while a bit clumsy she was true to herself. I also really liked the Dragon and his quiet reserve with a kind heart under the hard exterior. I don’t know that I really felt the romance between the Dragon and Agnieszka that much, but I did see how it bloomed through their magic. It was nice that their romance wasn’t the focus of this book either, it was just a part of it and like I said above it all flowed perfectly with the overall story.
What made this not a five star read for me was that at times I was a bit confused on how the magic all worked or what exactly was going on. The confusion was very minimal though and I actually think that the lack of a lot of added detail into how everything worked might have been part of why this story was more magical because everything just was how it was and it didn’t need to be explained. I just would have liked a few more details here or there. I also didn’t like how often we had to be reminded that Agnieszka made a mess of herself, didn’t find it necessary but again thats a small negative.
I can’t wait to read Spinning Silver, Naomi’s newest book that was just released, I think it will be just as beautiful as Uprooted and I am so excited. If you’re looking for a whimsical fairytale with hints of a retelling definitely pick this up. I am so glad I finally did and I hope to revisit this world soon!