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.
This is an adult fantasy novel that will appeal to young adults who love fantasy and fairy tales.
Mature themes, hints of violence, and a significant graphic scene near the end of the novel make this more suitable for high school readers.
Part fantasy, part fairy tale, this is a young adult novel told through the eyes of the main character.
This is a book meant for pleasure reading.
13 and Up
12 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ .
Borrow. If you like historical fantasy, this is your book.