Friday, 12 June 2015

Uprooted - Naomi Novik

“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 thoughts:
I did like this whole fairy-tale fantasy vibe. That was nicely done, but I also felt like the book could have done with more books. Let me explain.

This is a stand alone. Through out the entire book we hear about the Big bad, and then at the end, well since it ends happily duh. That was too fast. Too easy.

Agnieszka was a nice young woman, but she had Mary Sue tendencies. The only thing not in her favour was that she was not uber pretty but whatever. No, she was awesome at something, something only she could do, and best in the world. She comes along and is all, I can do this, and does it, while others could not. And after a short time. I need more growth, now she was just Mary Sueish.

So I wished more growth for her, and more story. Because I wanted more tension, danger, death and destruction. The whole plot was so awesome and then near the end I was all cool! And then, the end!, done...eh? Too fast! You do not have to drag it out for ages, but a bit more. Now it ended too easily with Super Agni.

What I then liked what the mythology behind certain things, and I wanted more. The story was nice and exciting at times. And I enjoyed it a lot. But like I have said, I did want even more. For me it could have been even better. I also think what did it was this whole is it adult or YA? It is adult in my eyes, just light pretty fairytale adult. It would have worked better with some true darkness. 

Conclusion:
Still...very cool story.

Cover
nice

Hardcover, 438 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Del Rey
Fantasy
Own


50 comments:

  1. Initially, I had no interest in this, thinking it would be too fairy tale and YA, but the reviews have caught my interest. I may have to give it a read.

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    1. I thought the same, and then people said it was not YA (and then some said it was) and I just, I will try it

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  2. Maybe the author will hear you and the other readers and decide to give it a sequel (it worked for one I read last year ;) )

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    1. The thing is, like it ended now, I do not want a sequel. It's done

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  3. I'm glad you "kind" of liked it. I loved this book and I agree with you, I wanted more, I wanted this to be a series... but who knows, maybe Novik is planning to write more books and we don't know... *fingers crossed*

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    1. Lol, I did like it :) I just, I could see more.

      I do not actually want more books, I would have wanted more books if it had not ended like it did. Now that big part is done, I wanted more about that. I wanted more Wood

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  4. I've been seeing this one everywhere lately, I'm thinking it might be a book for me:) Thanks for the heads-up on the somewhat rushed ending.

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    1. For me it was too fast, I had heard so much and then boom, end..eh?

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  5. Sounds like the mythology could have reached better potential but good to hear it was still a cool story

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  6. I loved this book! I really hope that the author is going to write a sequel. Maybe we should start a petition or something ;)

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  7. It isn't often you see people wishing for more books with a stand alone, but hey I get where you are coming from. I have good things about this one, and I have it on my TBR.

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    1. I hope that you will like ti when you read it

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  8. I loved this and I was so glad it was a standalone! I am thrilled to have an END and not have to wait out another book. I see your point that it was "light" adult though really - but for sure not YA!

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    1. I really do not get everyone telling it was YA..just cos she was young did not mean it was YA

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  9. Stand alone fantasy book? Wow ;) This sounds good.

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    1. I know! It does not happen a lot

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  10. Hmmmm... It sounds pretty good, even with the issues. Thanks!

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  11. Okay you liked this one so I NEED to read it. I've been seeing so many good reviews of this one. Too bad the ending was fast but nothing is perfect. :)

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  12. Seriously. so much love for this book! I haven't read it, but I'm sold. :)

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  13. Oh, I hate the too-speedy, too-tidy ending.

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  14. HUH interesting. I will think on it.

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  15. Did you ever think you would suggest a book be spread out over more books..lol

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  16. too bad for the fast end but it sounds like a good book, I heard great things about it.

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  17. I read and liked the Tememraire series. I might try this one as well, especially as it features Polish names.

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    1. ;) Baba Yaga is there too, but she is Russian, or can she be Polish too?

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  18. I really liked this one. I have a big crush on the Dragon now :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  19. I really liked this one but I can definitely see how it's not for everyone. Sorry to see this didn't completely work for you but great review! :)

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    1. I just wanted more, I always want more

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  20. Well, I was waiting on a review for this one and now I'm torn about buying it... Hm... I guess I'll think about it. Dang, and it sounded so awesome...!

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    1. Hmmm...well, most people really love it. I, oh you know me ;) Read a few more reviews and see, and some neg ones

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  21. I'm actually glad to read one review of Uprootted that's not all stars and glove and love... My expectations were getting too high.
    I'll read it since I love fairy tales and cover is so pretty...

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    1. I am glad to take them down a bit ;)

      But I still do recommend it

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  22. Everyone is going insane for this novel, and I appreciate that someone has a much more subtle approach to the book.

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  23. Yep, not sure it's right for YA readers. You know I loved it more than you, but on one thing we agree: it should NOT be a standalone! :-)

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    1. There should totally have been more :)

      The whole YA spin is weird, just cos someone is young does not YA make

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  24. It does sound good. But I can see where it would do to have more than one book. Thanks for sharing about it.

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