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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR -"BuzzFeed - Tor.com - BookPage -Library Journal - Publishers Weekly "Naomi Novik, author of the "New York Times"bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.
"Uprooted" is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching. Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of "Wicked "and" Egg & Spoon"
" 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.
Praise for "Uprooted"
"Uprooted" has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I ve Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, "Uprooted" is the fantasy novel I feel I ve been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won t want to put it down. NPR
A very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic . . . Naomi Novik skillfully takes the fairy-tale-turned-bildungsroman structure of her premise . . . and builds enough flesh on those bones to make a very different animal. . . . The vivid characters around her also echo their fairy-tale forebears, but are grounded in real-world ambivalence that makes this book feel quietly mature, its world lived-in. "The New York Times Book Review"
Novik here delivers a tale that is funny and fast-paced, laced with hair-raising battle scenes and conspiracies; it also touches on deeper ecological concerns we grapple with today. "The Washington Post"
Novik takes us on a surprise-filled journey. . . . The resulting warmth and intimacy provide a nicely nurturing environment for her heroine s unusual adventures. "The Seattle Times"
Breathtaking . . . [Novik] weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come. "Pubilshers Weekly "(starred review)
An original and fully realized fantastical place guaranteed to enthrall her longtime fans and attract new readers. "Library Journal" (starred review)"
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 36mm | 544g
  • English
  • 0804179034
  • 9780804179034
  • 111,313

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Advance praise for "Uprooted"
Every so often you come upon a story that seems like a lost tale of Grimm newly come to light. "Uprooted" is such a novel. Its narrative spell is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching. Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of "Wicked "and" Egg & Spoon"
The magic in "Uprooted, "with its realistic moral dimension, is so vividly believable that it almost seems you could work the spells. But the book will do that for you. Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning and bestselling author of The Earthsea cycle
"Uprooted" has everything I love: a great heroine, new takes on old myths and legends, and surprising twists and turns. A delight. Cassandra Clare, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series
Magical and practical, otherworldly and planted in the real, I could "not" stop reading this book and neither will you! Tamora Pierce, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Trickster s Choice" and "Trickster s Queen"
Wild, thrilling, and deeply, darkly magical. An instant classic. Lev Grossman, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy
"Uprooted" is one of those tales you come back to over and over again because it s just that enchanting. The adventure builds with such tension that you are peeking through your hands at the end, hoping it will all be okay, and Naomi Novik delivers a conclusion that s deeply satisfying, earning a permanent space on my bookshelf that I ll revisit often. Kevin Hearne, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Shattered"
Reading "Uprooted" was like rediscovering a favorite old sweater, familiar and beloved. It feels as if it has always existed and has been waiting patiently for me to return to it. Maggie Stiefvater, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy
I didn t know how much I wanted to read a book like this until it was already in my hands. "Uprooted" has everything I love about Novik s writing style, with the added bonus of some old-world magic and the flavor of a dark faerie story. Patrick Rothfuss, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Kingkiller Chronicle series
"Uprooted" by Naomi Novik is enchanting, in every sense of that fine old word. A charming and inviting story that looks unflinchingly at the strangling roots of hurt and revenge. Robin Hobb, bestselling author of "Fool s Assassin"
The roots of "Uprooted" are planted deep in fairy tale lore, but the story that Naomi Novik has coaxed forth is fresh and compelling. It reads like a previously undiscovered origin myth in the best possible way! Jacqueline Carey, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Kushiel s Legacy series
I ve been a diehard fan of Naomi Novik s work since reading "His Majesty s Dragon, "and her new fantasy, "Uprooted, "is an utter delight. Novik writes the kind of book that wins your heart and lights up all the pleasure of your brain. Kelly Link, author of "Get in Trouble"
Novik has written a living heart-book, its mythology vital, deep, and true. I am in awe. Rachel Hartman, author of "Seraphina"
This is a beautiful book. The magic is true magic, and the human relationships especially those between women complex and believable. Ellen Kushner, author of "Swordspoint"
The most darkly compelling fantasy I ve read in ages, "Uprooted" is overflowing with profound dread and real beauty, and boasts a heroine who blazes with spirit and originality. Not to be missed! Christopher Golden, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Snowblind"
Naomi Novik s "Uprooted" is a marvelous fantasy reminiscent of "Howl s Moving Castle." Her setting, characters, and the magic they use are all brilliant. I devoured the book in one reading. Well done! I want more! Todd McCaffrey, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Sky Dragons""
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About Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of "His Majesty s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, " "Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, "and "Blood of Tyrants, " the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel "Will Supervillains Be on the Final?"
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers."
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2 6% (11,589)
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