June’s Book ~ Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Title: Uprooted
- Author: Naomi Novik
- Series: No. Stand alone!
- Publisher: Random House
- Release Date: May 19, 2015
- Format Gail’s Reading: .mobi
- How Gail got it: From the publisher for blurbing (I didn’t manage to read it in time to blurb)
So my March book tour, Gentle Reader, involved a great number of 1-2 hour plane rides. This, in Gail’s world, means… READING. I had a number of things on my docket, including a few ARCs I’d been slipped on the down low. One of them was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I liked it so much I decided to pick it for my June read. We have never done an alternate fairy story before.
Uprooted is Novik’s foray into alternate fairy stories (out May 19, 2015). Known for her Temeraire novels (which I have never read), this is a Grimm atmospheric piece with an immersive narrative and a bewitching sense of place.
From the blurb:
“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.
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|1839 Ladies’ Cabinet Date- Sunday, September 1, 1839 Item ID- v. 21, plate 118|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Say “cheese!” The octographer will take your picture now. And I missed it while in NZ! Curses.
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Vegetarian Personal Ads: 19th-century matrimonial advertisements.
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
P. G. Wodehouse’s fictional locations. Such a master.
Quote of the Day:
“It is hard to tell if that is a note of anguish I detect in his voice or if it is merely my own longings reflected back at me.”
~ Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers