“I was a glaring blot on the perfection. But I didn’t care: I didn’t feel I owed him beauty.”
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Summary on Goodreads
Book: Stand Along
Rating: Five stars – ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
I was nervous but so excited to read this book because it is my first Adult Fantasy book! I am a big lover of Young Adult Fantasy books so I wasn’t sure what to except but I was shock to find that this book is amazing. I will say it is not that different from YA Fantasy. It is good book if you are looking to jump into Adult Fiction. The main difference between this book and some YA Fantasy books is the writing. Naomi Novik is very descriptive, the plot is like roots everything is intertwine with one another. When I look at fantasy especially standalone fantasy I look for a story that like a tree. It can stand on it own, it lives within itself, and originality. This book is that and more.
I am going to try and give a quick little summary but I don’t think I can do the book justice (check out the Goodreads link above if needed). Agnieszka loves her home and her best friend Kasia. She never expected to lose both – taken away by the Dragon, the neighborhood wizard, she finds that she is even more powerful and useful than anyone ever thought.
What I love most about this book is the main character, Agnieszka, she is everything I want to be. She have so much depth. You will not find any flat characters in this book. By the end of the book you can see who these people really are and it makes you love them even more. Naomi Novik character’s are some of the best written characters I have ever read.
NEXT PART IS A LITTLE BIT OF A SPOLIER – SKIP TO NEXT SECTION IF NEEDED!
I have already talked a little bit about the plot and how the characters and their choices intertwine to make this beautiful and complex story but I want to also mention the Woods because the Woods is not just a plot device it’s a character. The Woods have feelings and it help creates the story and without this character I don’t think this book would be as good as it is. The story that the Woods tell is magical and sorrowful. It’s a masterpiece. I feel like this book is to tell the story of the Woods.
END OF SPOLIERS!
This book is worth reading. It is worth buying two times so you an have both the UK and American covers. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is now one of my favorites fantasy books ever. It is beautifully written – some of the best writing I have ever read.
Thank you for reading this short review and I hope you will pick up this book.