Uprooted

Uprooted

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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"Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale. "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 "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 us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we're grateful, but not that grateful." 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. Advance praise for Uprooted "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
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
The Mortal Instruments series "Wild, thrilling, and deeply, darkly magical. An instant classic."--Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians Trilogy "Reading Uprooted was like rediscovering a favorite old sweater, familiar and beloved. It feels as if it has always existed and has been waiting patiently for me to return to it."--Maggie Stiefvater, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver Trilogy "Uprooted is one of those tales you come back to over and over again because it's just that enchanting. The adventure builds with such tension that you are peeking through your hands at the end, hoping it will all be okay, and Naomi Novik delivers a conclusion that's deeply satisfying, earning a permanent space on my bookshelf that I'll revisit often."--Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered "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 "Uprooted by Naomi Novik is enchanting, in every sense of that fine old word. A charming and inviting story that looks unflinchingly at the strangling roots of hurt and revenge."--Robin Hobb, bestselling author of Fool's Assassin"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2015]
ISBN: 9780553410099
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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trinasartin
Oct 23, 2019

Unfortunately the narration of the audiobook was just awful thus further ruining an already weak story line. No character development with unrealistic interactions and reactions to scenarios. I liked the fun/fantasy aspects but they could have been so much more if the writing were stronger.

ArapahoeAnna Jun 25, 2017

World creation, epic battles, and travel adventures all in one book instead of a long series. Magical realism mixed with fairy tale is a bit dark at times but with a happy ending. Caution not for children: violence and descriptive sex, separately.

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ekaterina78
Feb 01, 2017

I dont understand why its necessary to read certain books in an accent? Is it supposed to add authenticity? I dont know if this narrator really does have an accent or faked one, but either was it was annoying and I did not enjoy. I would say it deterred from my experience, not enhanced it.

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ck9aTony
Sep 09, 2016

I am enjoying the book, but I am annoyed by the reader. The accent which she assumes is fine, but the halting nature of her reading puts me a little in mind of Shatner ...

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shapjul
Sep 03, 2016

This is a fairy tale. Not an updated fairy tale, but an older, darker sort of fairy tale. The audiobook version is excellent, deeply atmospheric. A bit overwrought at moments and perhaps a little over-long. But really a terrific listen.

JCLKatieS Aug 17, 2015

When Agnieszka is mysteriously chosen over her friend Kasia to become the next servant to the Dragon, a wizard who protects their valley from the evil Wood, she begins to understand that maybe she was different all along. This book was very action-packed with lots of magic spells being cast in order for good to defeat evil. Agnieszka was a bit immature at times but her relationship with the Dragon was charming. I kept wanting to get to the end because there were so MANY trials she had to overcome but overall it was a good read. I'd say it's a fun fantasy book that would work for people more interested in YA fantasy.

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