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“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 ...more
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Del Rey
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Eva While I don't know whether the author has any plans of returning to this world, Uprooted has a complete storyline without any obvious open questions…moreWhile I don't know whether the author has any plans of returning to this world, Uprooted has a complete storyline without any obvious open questions at the end. I'm completely happy with the ending and don't feel the need for another book.
That said, I loved the characters and would be happy to read more about them.(less)
Freya Hester I would agree with a mature teen/young adult rating. It's a darker story than you first think and if you are prone to night terrors I would say don't…moreI would agree with a mature teen/young adult rating. It's a darker story than you first think and if you are prone to night terrors I would say don't read it before bed. And it is magic based so if you have a problem with magic then this book isn't for you.

This story contains mature subjects not limited to, sex/adult themes, wound descriptions, etc. However these are handled in a mature manner, giving enough description to paint a picture for you but not so much to gross you out.

If you are a parent and wanting to get this book for your child I would ask you to read it first and judge it for yourself. You know your child the best and all the answers and reviews in the world won't help you the way reading the book for yourself will.

I am about half way through the book and have enjoyed it greatly as with all of Naomi's works.

Edit: June 9,2015

I finished the book, and I will still agree with my first assessment of the novel. Its best for a mature teen or young adult. It has its darker points and lighter happier ones. It does have mature subjects in the beginning and heavy at the end. So you need to be prepared for that. It does have a ending that some may or may not figure out. And the story as a whole is a rather sad one.

Parents: I still say please read the book before giving it to your child (unless you know for sure your child can handle this book), if I had to give a number rating on this book for age it would be 16+. Though it's really a lot prettier than some of the M rated games out there. But as I have said before only you know your child and you can read reviews till your blue in the face and it won't help you understand the book fully, the best way to do that is to read it yourself. And if you let your child read it then you have something to talk about together.

Happy Reading.
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
OH MY GOD A DRAGON. A TERRIBLE DRAGON WHO KIDNAPS A VILLAGE'S BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRLS. DO THEY GET EATEN?! DO THEY GET TORTURED?!!! WHAT IS THEIR TERRIBLE FATE?!
“They forget how to live here...[they] remember to be afraid,” my father said. That was all.

Then they took their dowry-silver and left. Mostly they would go to Kralia and go to the University. Often as not they married some city man, and otherwise they became scholars or shopkeepers.
Are you fucking kidding me? *seethes*

I swear to god
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Emily May
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arc, 2015, favourites
Hey! You there! Please listen. On May 19th this book will be released - on that day go to this page or this page or another retailer of your choice and download the free sample of this book. If, by the end of that small sample, you are not convinced that this book is amazing, never think of it again. BUT, I sincerely doubt that will be the case.

Because it took me ONE CHAPTER - well, a few pages really - to make me realize that this book was going to steal every bit of my spare time until I'd dev
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Lola
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was uprooted from Heaven’s grounds and magically brought to Earth.
Rick Riordan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love a good fantasy rooted in folklore, and Novik does a great job mining the mythology of Eastern Europe for this novel. Young Agnieszka lives in a small town in an out-of-the-way valley where nothing much ever happens . . . except for the fact that they live near an evil Wood that occasional swallows trespassers, drives villagers mad, or sends monsters to destroy neighboring villages. Oh, and also they are protected by a wizard called the Dragon who lives in a tower and does his best to kee ...more
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
This book is underwhelming AS FUCK.

I'll probably be damned for saying this but screw sugar-coating. This book makes me so angry.

Uprooted is one of those books with a pretty outside look full of sweet promises. Yes, sweet and yet they're EMPTY promises. The book covers scream 'BUY ME NOW OR REGRET IT FOR ALL ETERNITY' and the synopsis is so vague to the point of mystery. It lead me in to having such sky high expectations only later that I have those expectations thrown back into my fucking face
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Maggie Stiefvater
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love Diana Wynne Jones
Shelves: adult, recommended
This novel effortlessly conjured up the familiar magic of my childhood favorites — it was like reaching for a sweater and finding my old worn favorite pushed into my hands. I'm going to wear it gleefully for a week, no matter the weather. This concludes my garment simile. Possibly fuller comments to come closer to publication date.
Katerina
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
When it comes to rating books like Uprooted, I keep wishing I could give more than 5 stars. Because honestly, 5 stars are not enough.



Beautiful. That's the word I've been searching for. Uprooted is a beautiful book. Naomi Novik narrates the story of young Agnieszka, a constantly unkempt girl who to everyone's astonishment was chosen to live in the dreadful wizard's tower for 10 years as the price for his assistance against the evil Wood. Agnieszka imagined how desperate and empty her life was g
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Imagine a powerful sorcerer living in a tower in the middle of a forest. He is over 150 years old, but he still appears to be a young man. Every 10 years, he picks a girl from one of the local villages to take back to his tower. The villagers say nothing, do nothing, b/c the sorcerer protects them from the Wood.

The villagers don't know what happens to the girls during their time in the tower, only that they come back changed. Grander, finer, more polished. Educated and dr
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Petrik
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Fantasy Buddy Reads

My first review in 2017 and it started with a new milestone, my first ever 1 star rating. I wish I could give this a negative star as right now, this is literally the worst book I ever read in my entire life. You could see my other reviews and you’ll see I’m quite generous with my ratings but giving this book even a 2 star are way too generous for me. Look, this will be an extremely unpopular opinion, I hated this book and I’m disgusted with almost everything i
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Navessa
WOW.

I need to create a new shelf and label it "all time favorites" and put like three books on there, of which, this would DEFINITELY be one.

What an incredible fairy tale. This book is a lot like the The Wood that dominates this story, luring you close, whispering in your ear, offering you the most tantalizing temptations, if only you'll be persuaded into it. The difference between the two is that where The Wood is a dark, twisted creation that speaks only lies, this book delivers on its promi
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Bookdragon Sean
Have you ever loved the first half of a book but hated the second?

Well I have and it sucks. It leaves you feeling rather torn in a review. So, I’m going to tear my review in two and review the two halves separately. Here goes:

First Half- A lovely magical friendship- 4*

In the beginning I had a real reason to carry on reading. The character known as the Dragon was a complete enigma. Discovering what drove this lonely man was, essentially, the reason I carried on with the book. He’s such a cool
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Kat Kennedy
This was another favourite of mine. Completely different to A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cruel Beauty, Uprooted is more dark and gothic. Unfortunately there is also a lot less kissing. But not to be discouraged. What kissing there is, is very lovely and, more importantly, Uprooted has a solid plot and is paced with ardent fervour. It’s also funny as all hell and sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of action-packed. When I started reading it, I really didn’t want to put it down unless forced aga ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Leigh Kramer
Shelves: library
“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.”

^Insert cliche
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Melissa (Ever So Mela)


It's nor here nor there. I'm going to steal a bit from Chester and say this is the epitome of Blur Rating.

Are you one of those readers who really gets fed up with series?
It's like every corner you turn, every book you read, you find out it's a trilogy. Or some kind of saga. I remember I used to whine and cry about this all the time because I don't know about you but if I read a book today you can sure bet your butt that I will not remember details about it in two months time unless it was utter
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
If you love fairy tale-ish books - and don't mind if things get bleak and violent for a while - and haven't read this book yet, I strongly recommend Uprooted!

This fantasy is one part Polish folk tale, one part coming-of-age magical fantasy, and one part horror. The main character is Agnieszka, a 17 year old village girl who is chosen by the local wizard, called the Dragon, to be his servant for ten years, the latest in a long string of local girls who each serve the wizard for a decade, emerging
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Robin Hobb
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Uprooted as an ARC or Advance Reading Copy. I promise that I do not review books I have not read.

This tale does have a distinctly fairy tale aura to it, but not in the sense of that distance we get from a tale when characters are The Princess or The Younger Son. Instead, this is a tale that the reader steps into, and experiences with the viewpoint character.

I'm going to tap dance around spoilers as I loathe and despise them, to instead point out that I loved the distinctive names of the
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Michael
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the few books in the last year that managed to captivate me. From the opening paragraph this story grabs and hauls you off into the wonders of darkly wooded world and just as sincerely holds you captive. Ms. Novik did everything right here. There’s no learning curve, as the story starts small, simple, and yet captivating. The the reader is introduced to a pleasant and likable young woman, whose life is drastically altered, not in some horrible way, but rather in an unexpectedly ni ...more
Anne
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think we can all agree that the woods are fucking spooky.
Or is it just me?
Because every time my husband drags me off to a campground, I look like this:

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So. Yeah. Already prejudiced against the Strangle-Trees (or whatever they're called) in this story.
*shudder*
Ok, from the blurb, you probably think that the story centers around a guy named Dragon (or a dragon named Guy?) and the girl he falls in love with...fairytale style.

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But it doesn't!
It's all about two wizards (mages/witches/whatever) fight
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Robin (Bridge Four)
I read this in 2015 and again in 2016 it is on sale today 23May17 on Amazon for $2.99 here

Buddy Re- Read with my fellow fantasy aficionados at Buddies Books and Baubles

❀ 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 father
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
DNF at 241.

I just can't bring myself to finish this book.

The writing is beautiful, everyone seems to love it but I'm incredibly bored.

There I said it.

Also am I the only one that was disappointed with the Dragon? the magic system? how quickly she became stronger than the "most powerful wizard"?
Juliet
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful folkloric fantasy by the author of the Temeraire series. The characters are excellent, the descriptions of magic are brilliant and original, and the story is action-packed from start to finish, yet the author manages to fit in character development and to engage the reader's emotions as they follow Agnieszka's journey from ordinary village girl to wizard's assistant to ... read it and find out. The author has built the book's world on the Polish culture and folklore of her family bac ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Navessa & Robin
►► BR with the BBB gang starting January 8, 2016.



DNF at 31%

What the hell is wrong with this world?! When I DNF a YA book, I expect to DNF it in a blaze of glorious ranting, not in a blaze of glorious snoring. Damn you, you Crappy Books Gods! If you are going to put me through a Freaking YA Novel, you could at least give me something to rage about. But no. That would be too considerate of you. You are nothing but a cruel and merciless bunch, so all I am left with is a sleeping pill of a book.
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Naomi Novik is a goddess, y'all. No lesser being could create such an unique and magical book such as Uprooted.

I'll admit, though. I didn't particularly love this book as much as I expected. Don't get me wrong--it's a BRILLIANT book (all-caps worthy!), but I had trouble getting into the book because it was HUGE. And I'm just a measly little girl. What I mean is big books often intimidate me, so it took a while for me to find time to continuously read it.

I guess the writing had something to do wi
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C.G. Drews
Basically, I loved everything about this book except for the actual reading of the book part. I KNOW. The shame is great with this one. It's so promising and epic. I mean, fairy tales?? Polish influences?? Beautiful cover??? Uber creepy wood that wants to KILL ALL THE THINGS?? Give me a unicorn and a party hate and SIGN ME UP. Unfortunately, I withered faster than Snow White's apple. A lot of my expectations got thumped in the head. And the writing style was so not for me. But let's go about thi ...more
Bradley
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2016-shelf
Solid, solid, solid. As solid as wood.

Honestly, I was feeling a bit of trepidation before reading this, and I'm very happy to say that I didn't have any issues with the novel.

What? No issues at all?

No, not really. I honestly enjoyed opening characterizations, all focused more upon the hopes and the realistic expectations when it came to the Dragon who may or may not be an evil nobel/wizard, and I enjoyed the bait and switch enough that I just got suckered into the rest of the story despite all
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Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)



Uprooted is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year and probably one of my favourite fantasy novels of all time. It has everything I could ever want in a book and is just so perfectly balanced.

Having said that, it was surprisingly difficult to write a review for this novel. The thing I loved most about Uprooted was the feeling it gave me. How do you describe that? Uprooted was both unlike anything I’ve read before and yet oddly familiar. Throughout the book I kept wondering why, why I kne
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Taneika
I was very hesitant to read this as I heard so many mixed reviews, it seems to be a book you either love or you hate. Thankfully, I FREAKING LOVED THIS.
Uprooted tells the tale of a clumsy, plain girl named Agnieszka (Pronounced 'Ag-Nyesh-Ka'. Thankfully I often read author notes first, so I knew how to pronounce it) who lives in a village protected by a wizard who goes by the name/title Dragon. The Dragon lives in a tower and protects the surrounding villages from the evil, corrupt Wood and onc
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Carol.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of fairy tales, romance
Once upon a time, I read myths, folktales and fairy tales. Thankfully, this was way back before Disney was ubiquitous, so I subsisted on Andrew Lang‘s The [Color] Fairy Books, Ruth Manning-Sanders‘ Book of [Magical Creature]s. And even Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, though they were usually devoid of the embellishment I enjoyed. Uprooted brought back the memory of those days, of reading an unfamiliar fairy tale for the first time. I was transported as I read… at least for the fi ...more
Cait • A Page with a View
3.5 stars. I think in the end I absolutely loved certain elements, but the story as a whole didn't click with me. But hear me out...

Let me start with the coolest part: the Wood. The antagonist in this story is a freaking woods and it worked so well. (See, I get started on elements like this and I'm like "5 STARS! ALL THE STARS!" But just wait). So people who go into the Wood don't come back, and if they do they're possessed by it: "they came out with their own faces but murder behind them, somet
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Viktoria Winter
"Our Dragon doesn't eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley."

Forget everything you think you know about folklore and enter Novik’s realm of dark fantasy in this stunning debut full of lush and terrifying fiction. Uprooted is easily a unique masterpiece with plots and characters unlike any others in its genre. I started off reading this book as one would begin a thrilling but harrowing task. I’m never one to be put off by the size of a book, however at first
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An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to partic ...more
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