Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Audiobook Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Random House Audio
Source: Library
Version: Unabridged
Listening Length: 17 hours and 43 minutes
Buy Links: Audible.com

“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.

My first thought when finishing this story was, "I need more!" I thoroughly enjoyed this world and these characters and I didn't want it to end. I loved Uprooted from the very beginning and my enjoyment continued to grow with each chapter. 

I loved how the relationships developed and how complicated the male love interest was...and how I didn't even consider him a love interest until much later in the story. He was cruel and cold and hostile and had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I'm still not sure how Novik convinced me that loving him was okay.

I also enjoyed the narrator and her heavy accent. She sounded a bit stilted at first and felt as if she was struggling to pronounce some of the words, but it wasn't long before I settled right into the story and now I couldn't imagine it being read by anyone else.

Of all the things I loved about Uprooted, the heroine makes the top of my list. Agnieszka was strong, level-headed, and had a big heart. No amount of magic or power could change her. She was smart enough to be cautious and afraid, but brave enough to put herself in harm's way if it meant saving others. I absolutely adored her character and couldn't find one complaint about her if I tried. 

I would highly recommend this to any fans of fantasy, but especially those of you who enjoy just a touch of romance on the side.


Anne Hannah said...

Yay! I'm on hold for this story at my library, Cat!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oooo. Awesome to hear! I've not read any of her books before. This sounds like a win!

Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

I'm not familiar with this author. I do like to see how authors can take an anti-hero and make us like them in the end.

Lily B said...

there is way too many awesome reviews to pass this one up it seems

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