Uprooted

Hardcover, 435 pages

Published Aug. 7, 2015 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
978-0-8041-7903-4
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OCLC Number:
892304621

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4 stars (124 reviews)

"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 use every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we're grateful, but not that grateful."

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Content warning Spoilers.

Review of 'Uprooted' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

величезний потенціял, і такі ж грандіозні «діри»... цю казку для дорослих хочеться полюбити — але авторка зробила все, щоби зіпсувати читачеві враження.

п.с. і так, чорти забирай, звідки там хрещення?! ані слова про християнство, чи навіть якісь інші релігії — але є хрещення?! панове писаки, ви вмієте здивувати.

Review of 'Uprooted' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

Interesting worldbuilding, I like the writing style.
Intriquing magic system rooted in real historical myths and superstition.
If only it wasn't YA.

The main character is an average Young Adult protagonist, in pretty much every way. Clumsy yet likeable, doesn't succeed in things by going the normal way so goes her own way, which just so happens to also be much better...

Protagonist has stockholm syndrome. That doesn't make for a nice romantic plot. Not that I like to read romance at all in the first place (why do books not have warnings on the cover?).

The wood was a really interesting concept, a looming threat which I found really immersive. The conclusion to its story, however, was a bit.. meek? It felt a bit hurried, and like there ought to have been more depth to it than there was (or did I just not see it?). It felt almost …

Review of 'Uprooted' on 'Storygraph'

2 stars

I liked some of the characters (some Dragon remarks and Solya) and ideas (the encroaching wood mostly), but I really didn't care for the execution (writing / pacing). I found everything very predictable (this felt like very well trodden territory), the magic system disappointing (little explanation and unbelievable skill progression, maybe pacing issues?) and the romantic feelings between the characters rather off-putting.

Review of 'Uprooted' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author's voice has a real eastern European flavor, and it was refreshing to read a voice like that in a fantasy story. The magic and the mythos in this book were all satisfying and fun. The writing was good and solid. I recommend this book.

Review of 'Uprooted' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This seems to be one of those very polarizing books where you love it or hate it, and nothing in between. Personally, I loved it; I started it on the weekend and had about 100 pages left when I had to go to work this morning. Couldn't stop thinking about the plot all the way through work, and couldn't wait to get home again to finally finish it off. Based on the multiple prestigious awards it's won, I'm clearly not alone in this. If you enjoy beautifully written fairy tale stories with a bit of darkness - if you loved Robin McKinley's "Door in the Hedge" for example - you'll likely adore this book. If, on the other hand, you prefer the sunny Disney versions of fairy tales, or you find the Beauty and the Beast romance deeply troublesome, you probably won't like this.

I have to admit the heroine …

Review of 'Uprooted' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

A wonderful coming-of-age novel, with the best sort of self-determining female protagonist who doesn't choose to rely on either violence or the male love interest for strength. Thick with eastern European influences and lovely dark fairy tale elements and spells that feel like strange little stories all on their own.
Felt the same kind of thrill I got from Diana Wynne Jones's 'Howl's Moving Castle' and Rachel Hartman's 'Seraphina'.

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