UprootedBook - 2016
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PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 23, 2019
Novik is a writer that I will always seek out going forward. I wish I had read this before Spinning Silver because she's one of a group of women YA writers that I see improving with every book right now. I'd put her right up with Laini Taylor.
While this shares story elements with Spinning S... Read More »
There's a different kind of Beast in this story, which is a looser kind of Beauty and the Beast retelling. Agnieszka is selected as maiden to The Dragon, a wizard who lives in the tower in their forest. There she acts as servant for the gruff magician, until various circumstances draw them togeth... Read More »
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tgabriel_0 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18
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“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.”
“He wasn’t a person, he was a lord and a wizard, a strange creature on another plane entirely, as far removed as storms and pestilence.”
"What an unequaled gift for disaster you have.”
Those the walkers carried into the Wood were less lucky. We didn’t know what happened to them, but they came back out sometimes, corrupted in the worst way: smiling and cheerful, unharmed. They seemed almost themselves to anyone who didn’t know them well, and you might spend half a day talking with one of them and never realize anything was wrong, until you found yourself taking up a knife and cutting off your own hand, putting out your own eyes, your own tongue, while they kept talking all the while, smiling, horrible.
"...vanishing like a statue under running water." p. 172
'Dearest," she said urgently, breathlesly, "what a brilliantly original angle [to wear a hat]--I've never seen anything like it before."
I blurted out, "Are you--are you trying to be rude?" As soon as the idea occured to me, all the odd things she'd said and done came together andmade a strange malicious sense. pp 259-260
She turned to me and said dourly, "There's always a price."
"Yes," I said, low and tired. And I didn't think we were done paying." p. 314
Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is an attempted sexual assault/rape scene early on in the book that can be triggering for survivors if caught off-guard by it. The scene is swiftly ended by the victim of the attack and she is not "actually harmed" in any way, but the scene is quite intense at first.
Sexual Content: There is moderately graphic sexual content, but it's done "modestly" and in a way that is very healthy and full of love.
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Agnieszka and Kasia have been best friends throughout their childhood in the village of Dvernik, bonded by the fact that they are both Dragon-born girls. Every ten years, the Dragon—the sorcerer who protects the valley from the dark magic of the Wood—takes a seventeen-year-old girl to live with him in the Tower, and both Agnieszka and Kasia will be seventeen the year his next servant is chosen. Everyone knows that it is Kasia, beautiful, and graceful, and competent, who will be chosen. And after ten years, she will emerge from the tower rich and educated, and leave the valley forever. But when the Dragon comes to make his choice, it is not Kasia who attracts his attention.