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A dark enchantment blights the land.

Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.

Agnieszka fears her dearest friend, Kasia, will be picked at the next choosing, for she's everything Agnieszka is not - beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it's not Kasia he takes.

©2016 Naomi Novik (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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confused about the hugely varied reviews? read thi

Ok so the first 5 chapters she is a bit whiney and whinge repetitively about her predicament. he's a miserable negative pratt but do stick with it. the book totally redeems itself soon after and it's a great book. The narrator is perfect for the character, at once whimsical and aloof and real too so you feel you know agnieshka. I'm sure I spelt that wrong, ah well. The wood is fascinating and the magic gets better and better. a highly engaging book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

Brilliant Narration, and a story that resembles a dark fairy tale, enjoyed this thoroughly. Highly recommend.

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Truly enchanting

A wonderful and engulfing story with so many perfect little details narrated masterfully

would recommend to everyone, especially fantasy enthusiasts

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 05-18-16

Highly recommended!

Truly magical and completely engrossing! Really loved it and very sad as I came to its end! Beautifully written and very well read! A complete delight! Where are the rest of her books, please?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • nicole
  • 07-11-16

Exceptional epic fantasy

Despite listening to over 300 books a year, I've only found two new fantasy authors I'd really recommend in 2016. This is a beautifully narrated story with hints of probably Russian folk tales, though I don't know where or how varied the author's influences. It feels like the literary equivalent or a monsoon in the desert.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • aya
  • 09-15-16

BEST BOOK ON AUDIBLE SO FAR

If you could sum up Uprooted in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Magical and Earthly

Any additional comments?

Usually don't read these types of books; I have a hard time suspending disbelief when books deal with magic also these types of books tend to use a lot of flowery language to seem more 'magical' - thank God 'Uprooted' doesn't fall into those traps. Once I started listening I could not stop. A lot of it down to the perfect narration of Katy Sobey but also to the simple, straightforward telling of the story, which reminded me of JK Rowling. The characters are also pretty likeable especially the MC and I liked the strong female friendship between the MC and her best friend. The story flows so naturally all the way to the end, which was so satisfying. So 5 stars from me.

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  • Stanisla
  • 09-16-16

Awful

I'd recommend this book to anyone who for reasons beyond my comprehension likes Twilight saga. Same story of hardly of age girl suddenly finding herself very special and in love with some mysterious hundred year old man. Which I personally find far from fascinating, but dull and degrading. I've also discovered what seems the only disadvantage of an audio book - you can suddenly find yourself listening to a "his firm thigh between my legs" passage without being able to flick through the pages to escape it.
I deeply regret buying this book and my own habit of not being able to put down a story I've started to read or listen.

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  • Mr
  • 11-27-17

Original and wonderful.

A tale of magic, love and loss, turning to greed, fear and hate From start to finish, this enchanting tale gripped me.

The writing is wonderfully descriptive, taking you on a journey to another realm. The central characters are painted so vividly that you’d recognise them if you saw them in the street.

17 of the most enjoyable hours of listening I have ever had.

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  • Johanna
  • 11-25-17

Looooovvveeedddd it

Such a lovely book, a great balance of everything ; love, magic, battle and moral.

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  • J. B. Collins
  • 10-26-17

Nice Surprise

I bought this on a whim and was really pleasantly surprised. At first, I found the narrator a bit annoying but she totally grew on me as I fell into the story. The depiction of the corrupting horror of the woods was better than any 'chaos-taint' I've ever encountered in a fantasy novel. The characters all develop well, and the story has a nice pace. I don't want to say too much for fear of giving something away. All-in-all, a thoroughly good listen!

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  • HMPS64
  • 06-13-17

Fun and dark

Well written. entertaining and convoluted sci fi. worth reading and following the plot. apt title

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  • Jessica
  • 05-10-17

Stunning story

If you could sum up Uprooted in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, fantastic, satisfying

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Dragon, he was really complex and intriguing to get to know.

What about Katy Sobey’s performance did you like?

Her voice was perfectly emotive and fit the character well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I couldn't wait to keep listeneing to it.

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  • Kate
  • 04-03-17

Amazing and Addictive! Bought the book as well!

I bought this as I've loved Naomi Novik's Temeraire series for years. I wondered if she could wow as much with a standalone book and I think she's surpassed herself! Absorbing characters, a complex universe that could go well beyond the one book and I love the narrator, too. She captures the voice of the protaganist so well.

Thoroughly recommend this book! Grabs you instantly and holds you throughout. I only wish she'd done more!

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  • emmoff
  • 11-17-16

Well written folklore fantasy

Folklore fantasy full of malevolent woods and powerful magic. Interesting twists in the plot and characters who develop and grow. Very enjoyable. Solid narration.

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  • Zora
  • 11-04-16

Deeply engaging stand-alone fantasy

Lovely story, with a fascinating and very sinister baddie in the form of an entire evil forest! Feels like a Russian fairytale (as it is meant to) and the pace is brisk and exciting. A real pleasure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-17

Classic wizards and forests.

Classic wizard's apprentice story with a few nice twists and laughs. The first third is amazing. Goes through several climaxes, feeling a bit like a trilogy in one book.

And of all the books you just happened to pick up...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Justine
  • 06-12-17

A beautiful fairytale

Really enjoyed every second of this, and the narrator was wonderful. A fairytale for adults, I loved the magic of it.

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  • Kristin
  • 11-09-16

A good twist on fantasy tropes

It's refreshing to find a heroine in a fantasy story that is actually afraid of magic and has all the limited worldly knowledge of her peasant upbringing. The forest was a horrific looming, presence over the whole novel, and a wonderful antagonistic force that that protagonists struggle to contend with. With interesting and well developed side characters, this was a great read.

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  • Kate
  • 11-02-17

Made commuting worthwhile!

I really enjoyed this audio book. I didn't want to get out of the car!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-26-17

Oh it looked so good...

This book started out really good bit lost its way in the last ten chapters. There are also a few chapters that were to slow too.

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  • Marina
  • 09-24-17

Creepy,enchanting and corrupting!

What made the experience of listening to Uprooted the most enjoyable?

Katy Sobey, without a doubt! I first heard Katy when she narrated "Finding Martha Lost", another great book, and fell in love with her lilting, expressive and soothing voice.

What did you like best about this story?

The careful building of tension and twists in direction of a story that could easily have been just another fairytale. Uprooted keeps you invested and rooted in the direction of the characters and their predicament.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I particularly enjoyed the flee from the Capital back to the Tower, oxen magically formed out of clay; Kasias' extrordinary strength and will to protect her charges; The Dragon and Agneshkas magical connection complete with their witty love/hate comedic relationship.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Uprooted is such a well written book it's hard to pick just one moment. Naomi Novik has found the magical balance of writing in a style that perfectly places you within the surrounds of the tale but with none of the over-detailed settings some writers lavish upon.

Any additional comments?

I have to say I almost returned this book after the first 2 chapters when I thought it wasn't going anywhere fast but Katys' voice kept me going and I'm SO GLAD I stuck with it! Definately a favourite novel for those who love adult folk and fairy tales.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-17

beautiful book

i love this book, i read it aswell as listened to the audio book, sadly the narrater didnt put as much emotion into as i would have liked. there are scenes of war where the main character is exclaiming her horror and the narrater reads it as if shes describing how a flower looks. but it is a beautil story and one of my favorites

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  • Jaclyn Parsons
  • 02-23-17

Perfect

Great book.
Great performance.
I've read a few reviews online saying this book is "unsatisfying" but I whole heartedly disagree. It was wonderful. I haven't been this obsessed with a book in a while.