Published by Del Rey on March 1, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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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.
A young woman learns about magic in this adult fantasy novel. Let’s review!
My excitement for this book was off the charts. The synopsis was intriguing without giving too many details. The cover was absolutely beautiful. Yet as I read the novel my excitement quickly disappeared into apathy and boredom. While the setting and world building were intricately crafted, the characters were, well, not.
Agnieszka suffered from Special Snowflake Syndrome. While she initially started training in magic, she soon eclipsed her trainer. She was magical Superman, able to defeat anything. I wasn’t crazy about any of the other characters either. The Dragon was a generic, broody love interest. Kasia had a wooden personalityView Spoiler »and that’s before she literally became wood « Hide Spoiler. The rest of the characters were mostly expendable and unremarkable. While I wasn’t interested in the characters, I did really enjoy the setting. The Woods were wonderfully creepy and atmospheric. The story behind the Woods’ corruption was intriguing, if a little vague.
Did you know? I live tweeted my experience reading this book on Twitter #LeighaReadsUprooted
tl;dr Uprooted contained a great setting with dull characters. Those interested in fantasy, folklore, and magic may enjoy it.