Dragon empowers young women? Who knew?!


Every ten years, the Dragon (a wizard) takes one village girl to his tower. Initially, there is no explanation for. This year, Agnieszka is convinced that the Dragon will take her friend Kasia. Kasia has the qualities that the Dragon prefers: beautiful and talented. Plus, she has been trained since childhood to be the Dragon’s companion. Much to everyone's surprise, the Dragon chooses Agnieszka. Thus begins an intricate fantasy tale about the strength of magic; the power of relationships; and the journey toward empowerment.

BTSYA / Teen Reader:
Uprooted is an enjoyable read. Kasia's and Agnieszka's relationship is the strongest point, as it demonstrates forgiveness and the enduring nature of friendship. Novik's world building is creative, with haunting imagery. There is a lot of "scene setting," and while it makes for a strong first half. Where the plot was concise for the first half, it deviates from that in the second half. Interpersonal conflict becomes a more “simple” power struggle between Agnieszka and the threat dominating her society. It keeps the plot moving fast, but the abrupt turn is a tad jarring and left me questioning the suddenly obscured motivations of the characters.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is an adult fantasy novel that will appeal to young adults who love fantasy and fairy tales.

Content Awareness Factors:

Mature themes, hints of violence, and a significant graphic scene near the end of the novel make this more suitable for high school readers.

Type of Book:
Part fantasy, part fairy tale, this is a young adult novel told through the eyes of the main character.
Educational Themes:

This is a book meant for pleasure reading.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ .
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. If you like historical fantasy, this is your book.

Title Uprooted
Author Naomi Novik
Publisher Del Rey © 2016
ISBN 9780804179058
Material Unknown
Genres Fantasy, Friendship, Fairy Tale
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