My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What Naomi Novik has created in Uprooted is a new vision from old fairy-and-folktale tropes. We have seen enchanted and malevolent forests before; likewise, the cold wizard from the stony tower who claims a young girl from a nearby village every ten years.
What we have never seen before is how the young girl challenges her selection because her beautiful friend had been groomed for the honor by her proud family, how the girl who is selected masters her own nature and changes the course of her magical training to add compassion to power, and how material corruption can be understood and transcended by the power of a woman's faithfulness.
Each of the revelations of this book follows a new logic down an old, old path. Read it with joy and astonishment.
Five stars, and straight on 'til morning.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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