Review: Uprooted

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book reminds me of the Buried Giant for the fact that both have a fairy tale quality to them. Eastern European folklore is well mined in this one. Stories rooted in history and legend are just the type of thing I eat up, So I very much enjoyed “Uprooted.”

Agnieszka is a headstrong protagonist who does things her own way. She quickly discovers her power, but chooses not to follow established traditions when using it. Instead she takes her cue from the wild and infamous Baba Yaga of Slavic legend.

I appreciate the relationship between Agnieszka and the Dragon. It transforms subtly and believably over the course of the book. Even up to the very end we see their opposing views on the use of magic as a constant point of strife between them and wonder if it is something they can overcome.

An excellent read. well worth the time. While I have enjoyed the first few Temeraire novels by Novik, this story has become my favorite. I hope she chooses to write something more in this universe.

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