Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Memes: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Happy Friday everybody!!
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"Our Dragon doesn't eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley."
Friday 56:
The Dragon didn't mark the holiday; for all I knew, he didn't even know what day it was. I went to the library the same as always and droned through another spell, and he shouted at me for a while and then dismissed me.
This week I am spotlighting Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I bought this one when it was named one of the best books of 2015 on many lists. Here is the description from Amazon:
“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.


  1. I am fascinated by dragons...I have a figurine of one sitting on my bookshelves....There is just something awesome about them. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  2. I read this one some time ago, and it was pretty good. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

  3. This sounds really good! It's been on my TBR for awhile and I can't wait to read it. Love the teasers!

  4. You had me with the dragon. :-)
    Happy weekend!

  5. I love anything dragons! My favorite books are The Dragonriders Of Pern Series. The beginning made me snicker. And the excerpt has me curious.

    My 56 -

  6. I feel like I don't read books with dragons. Seeing dragon has be convinced I should give this book a go.

    Danica @ A Redheaded Bookworm

  7. I read a three chapter sampler of this around the time the book was actually released. I need to read this through because it sounds great. Thanks for visiting.


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