Goodreads: “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.
I kept seeing this book everywhere, and there’s such a huge hype around it so I had to see what it was all about. I was sucked in by the end of the first chapter. I read 25% before bed and kept waking up in the middle of the night hoping it was morning so I could read more. Very rarely does a book do that to me.
Uprooted is the type of book you need to go into blind. Don’t let the cover fool you, this is very dark and gritty, and there’s lots of gore.
Agniezska is kind of a boring character at first, the way she didn’t want to learn magic annoyed me. Kasia is freaking awesome. The Dragon is a bit too mysterious, and kind of rude. I was really disappointed he was human, and not a shapeshifter. I knew there was going to be some romance between the Dragon and Agniezska, but it totally came out of the blue. I know the story was supposed to focus more on the Woods and the fantasy elements, and not the romance part, but I REALLY would have liked to see more chemistry between them and see their relationship grow. At least the sex scene (chapter 27) was well done.
I really liked the first half. The first half of the book had me thinking this was going to be a very rare five-star book, but then the second half happened. In the second half, everything seemed rushed, and the battle scenes were too drawn out. There were times the plot was complex and confused me a bit. The end was really good though, it definitely made up for the parts I wasn’t too fond of.
I would like a novella or a sequel to answer some questions I still have.