Uprooted: A Novel (Paperback)

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"Uprooted is everything I love about stories – characters I grow to love and laugh with, magic, good versus evil. The language is so lovely, I found myself re-reading sentences and paragraphs simply because I liked the way it sounded. The Wood is this creeping and terrifying evil that corrupts everything it touches – it lurks, but life goes on outside of it. The Dragon, a powerful wizard, keeps the Wood at bay, and at the heart of everything is Agnieszka (Ag-nyesh-ka), a budding witch with so much love for her home. It’s allegorical, transformative, and ultimately satisfying – the perfect book to curl up with in an overstuffed chair and lose yourself to the story."

— Tomoko

"I took home a copy of Uprooted in November and handed it to my girlfriend with a warning. “Other people need to read this,” I told her. “You can’t just clutch it to yourself and keep it forever.” She read it in six hours while I was at work and, predictably, clutched it to her chest when I got home. “You have to read it immediately,” she said. “You have to let it go, so I can,” I replied.

She was absolutely right. Uprooted is the kind of novel you don’t put down. Its world is lush and detailed, its characters gorgeously flawed. It’s a fairy tale for the disillusioned, for the reader who doesn’t expect a happy ending any more. Novik will give you hope. She will also give you magic, and violence, and love. Isn’t that what fairy tales are all about?"

— Demi

Imagine Frozen crossed with Evil Dead and animated in the style of the Rankin/Bass Last Unicorn film and you’ve got Uprooted in a nutshell. Inspired by Polish faerie and folk tales, Novik (author of the Master and Commander with dragons series, Temeraire) has fashioned an amazing story filled with high fantasy and creeping dread that’s perfect for adults, teenagers, and even middle grade readers. If you loved Neil Gaiman’s Stardust or Peter Beagle’s The Last Unicorn then this is the book for you.

— Joe

"I’ve always been a fan of Naomi Novik. Her Temeraire series is a fun mash up of the Napoleonic Wars and dragons, but I was never blown away by anything she wrote, until now. Uprooted sounded very strange when I first heard about it, I mean Eastern European fantasy zombie folktale didn’t exactly sound like the perfect combination. However, the more I dug into this book the more I realized that it was a book I’d always wanted to read even though I didn’t know it.

The world Novik creates is one of a stubborn group of hamlets growing and, more importantly, surviving in the face of a dark, cursed wood from which none have ever returned. Into this darkness is thrust an incredible cast of characters that includes an ancient sorcerer, his young apprentice, nobles, peasants, and a mysterious dryad. At certain times I’ve found it difficult to describe Uprooted to people, but recently I’ve stumbled across the perfect way to do so: It’s a beautiful, haunting fairytale that would do both The Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney proud."

— Tommy

June 2015 Indie Next List

“In this incredible fantasy, a young woman is taken from her village to serve a magician and finds out that she too possesses unknown gifts. Fans of Robin McKinley, Shannon Hale, and Novik's own Temeraire series will find themselves pulled into Agnieszka's world to face the dangers of the malevolent Wood, the follies of a kingdom, and the pulsing thread of magic woven into every living thing. Both exotic and familiar, Uprooted reads like a long-lost Grimms' fairy tale written in rich, delicious detail. I absolutely devoured this book!”
— Jennifer Oleinik (E), University Book Store, Seattle, WA


NEBULA AWARD WINNER • HUGO AWARD FINALIST • “If you want a fantasy with strong characters and brilliantly original variations on ancient stories, try Uprooted!”—Rick Riordan
“Breathtaking . . . a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, BuzzFeed, Tordotcom, BookPage, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly

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.

Praise for Uprooted

Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I’ve Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I’ve been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won’t want to put it down.”—NPR

About the Author

Naomi Novik is the New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education, The Last Graduate, and The Golden Enclaves, the award-winning novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, and the Temeraire series. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own. She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

Praise For…

Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I’ve Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I’ve been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won’t want to put it down.”—NPR

“A very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic . . . Naomi Novik skillfully takes the fairy-tale-turned-bildungsroman structure of her premise . . . and builds enough flesh on those bones to make a very different animal. . . . The vivid characters around her also echo their fairy-tale forebears, but are grounded in real-world ambivalence that makes this book feel quietly mature, its world lived-in.”The New York Times Book Review

“Novik here delivers a tale that is funny and fast-paced, laced with hair-raising battle scenes and conspiracies; it also touches on deeper ecological concerns we grapple with today.”The Washington Post

“Novik takes us on a surprise-filled journey. . . . The resulting warmth and intimacy provide a nicely nurturing environment for her heroine’s unusual adventures.”The Seattle Times

“Drawing on her Polish heritage and fairy-tale tropes, [Novik] has penned an original and fully realized fantastical place guaranteed to enthrall her longtime fans and attract new readers. This exceptional fantasy for adult and teen readers should appeal to those who love fairy-tale influenced stories such as Robin McKinley’s Spindle’s End.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Every so often you come upon a story that seems like a lost tale of Grimm newly come to light. Uprooted is such a novel. Its narrative spell is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching.”—Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

“The magic in Uprooted, with its realistic moral dimension, is so vividly believable that it almost seems you could work the spells. But the book will do that for you.”—Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning and bestselling author of The Earthsea cycle

Uprooted has everything I love: a great heroine, new takes on old myths and legends, and surprising twists and turns. A delight.”—Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series

“Magical and practical, otherworldly and planted in the real, I could not stop reading this book and neither will you!”—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen

“Wild, thrilling, and deeply, darkly magical. An instant classic.”—Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy

Product Details
ISBN: 9780804179058
ISBN-10: 0804179050
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Temeraire