I'm not sure I can correctly express how much I loved Uprooted. Yes, I know there are already about one hundredOriginally posted at: Nomalicious Reads
I'm not sure I can correctly express how much I loved Uprooted. Yes, I know there are already about one hundred rave reviews about this book, you have permission to quickly run away now if you can't stand reading another... but I will say this - it really is amazing.
*cue eye-roll here*
First let me state that Uprooted is a standalone fantasy book. It left me feeling like I had just read a really in-depth trilogy that I had been fully invested in, for the three whole years that it usually takes to create. It is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day with a cup of tea. Which is exactly what I did, but with the audiobook... which was so magical. Julia Emelin, the narrator was brilliant, she captured every emotion and I felt that I was living in the story - Her accent was also spot on and I just loved listening to her voice.
I will admit that I did have a little trouble with the start, but only because Agnieszka was being completely clueless (and the Dragon obnoxious) about a few very obvious things... but it was understandable considering the situation she was in taken away from everyone she loved, especially when she was one hundred percent certain it was going to be her beautiful and talented friend who was taken by the dragon.
Kaisa and Agnieszka's friendship was so beautiful, while they did have their moments when they envied the other, they stuck with each other through thick and thin and their friendship didn't deteriorate and they didn't turn into purple monsters like a lot of girl friendships are depicted in young adult books.
Also another thing to get straight before I move on, the Dragon is not a dragon. He is a very powerful and long-living wizard. I loved him. Yes, he was aloof, snobbish and very insensitive. He has been living so long in his tower that he has forgotten how to live. Everyone is pretty terrified of him and jumps at his every command, so he hasn't had many people challenge him over the years... which makes it so great when Neszka finally realises that he doesn't take a girl every ten years as a sex slave, and although he gets angry and frustrated at her a lot, for being 'hopeless' he wont hurt her. So she starts to rebel, in simple little ways to outright defiance and it was so heartwarming and beautiful watching them get under each others skin and growing to care about one another.
Which leads to another thing I loved about Uprooted. It isn't about romance. Sure, it's there in small doses, and when it happens it makes your heart melt and ooh the steam. However, there is just so much more to this amazing story and as you go on and discover that although the wood is a terrible evil that needs to be destroyed it also has a story to tell.
Neszka grows so much throughout the novel, she goes from thinking so little of herself to realising that she can make a difference and then she will stop at nothing to protect those that she loves. She travels from her small village to the Dragons tower, to the wood and then even to the castle and back again. The book was filled with so much and I wasn't bored for a moment, even through all that traveling, which I usually find can be quite boring.
It's so hard to write this review without spoilers, but the best way to describe Uprooted is that it is a story within many stories. You will love some characters, hate others... some may take time to grow on you and then stay lodged in your heart, and others you will come to understand. It is filled with a magical journey and hidden meanings and stories you don't even see coming. It is simply magical and beautiful and will be one of my all time favourites to re-read and enjoy through the years. It is a story to remember and recommend to all my friends and family and to any stranger who has a love of fantasy or stumbles across this blog.
And even though this is a standalone, I would love to read a story about Kasia next.
Have you read Uprooted? Let me know your thoughts below, I'd love to know your favourite part!...more