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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Novik Narrator: Julia Emelin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780553410082
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WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL • Naomi Novik, author of the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

HUGO AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR | BuzzFeed | Tor.com | BookPage | Library Journal | Publishers Weekly

Uprooted is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching.”—Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

“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.

Praise for Uprooted

Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I’ve Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I’ve been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won’t want to put it down.”—NPR

“A very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic . . . Naomi Novik skillfully takes the fairy-tale-turned-bildungsroman structure of her premise . . . and builds enough flesh on those bones to make a very different animal. . . . The vivid characters around her also echo their fairy-tale forebears, but are grounded in real-world ambivalence that makes this book feel quietly mature, its world lived-in.”The New York Times Book Review

“Novik here delivers a tale that is funny and fast-paced, laced with hair-raising battle scenes and conspiracies; it also touches on deeper ecological concerns we grapple with today.”The Washington Post

“Novik takes us on a surprise-filled journey. . . . The resulting warmth and intimacy provide a nicely nurturing environment for her heroine’s unusual adventures.”The Seattle Times

“Breathtaking . . . [Novik] weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come.”Pubilshers Weekly (starred review)

“An original and fully realized fantastical place guaranteed to enthrall her longtime fans and attract new readers.”Library Journal (starred review)


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Quotes & Awards

  • The most darkly compelling fantasy I’ve read in ages, Uprooted is overflowing with profound dread and real beauty, and boasts a heroine who blazes with spirit and originality. Not to be missed! Christopher Golden, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind
  • Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is a marvelous fantasy reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle. Her setting, characters, and the magic they use are all brilliant. I devoured the book in one reading. Well done! I want more! Todd McCaffrey, New York Times bestselling author of Sky Dragons
  • “So vividly believable that it almost seems you could work the spells. But the book will do that for you.”

    Ursula K. Le Guin, New York Times bestselling author

  • Drawing on her Polish heritage and fairy-tale tropes, [Novik] has penned an original and fully realized fantastical place guaranteed to enthrall her longtime fans and attract new readers. This exceptional fantasy for adult and teen readers should appeal to those who love fairy-tale influenced stories such as Robin McKinley’s Spindle’s End. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Every so often you come upon a story that seems like a lost tale of Grimm newly come to light. Uprooted is such a novel. Its narrative spell is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching. Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon
  • The magic in Uprooted, with its realistic moral dimension, is so vividly believable that it almost seems you could work the spells. But the book will do that for you. Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning and bestselling author of The Earthsea cycle
  • Uprooted has everything I love: a great heroine, new takes on old myths and legends, and surprising twists and turns. A delight. Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series
  • Magical and practical, otherworldly and planted in the real, I could not stop reading this book and neither will you! Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen
  • Wild, thrilling, and deeply, darkly magical. An instant classic. Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy
  • Uprooted is one of those tales you come back to over and over again because it’s just that enchanting. The adventure builds with such tension that you are peeking through your hands at the end, hoping it will all be okay, and Naomi Novik delivers a conclusion that’s deeply satisfying, earning a permanent space on my bookshelf that I’ll revisit often. Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered
  • Reading Uprooted was like rediscovering a favorite old sweater, familiar and beloved. It feels as if it has always existed and has been waiting patiently for me to return to it. Maggie Stiefvater, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy
  • I didn’t know how much I wanted to read a book like this until it was already in my hands. Uprooted has everything I love about Novik’s writing style, with the added bonus of some old-world magic and the flavor of a dark faerie story. Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Kingkiller Chronicle series
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik is enchanting, in every sense of that fine old word. A charming and inviting story that looks unflinchingly at the strangling roots of hurt and revenge. Robin Hobb, bestselling author of Fool’s Assassin
  • The roots of Uprooted are planted deep in fairy tale lore, but the story that Naomi Novik has coaxed forth is fresh and compelling. It reads like a previously undiscovered origin myth in the best possible way! Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series
  • I’ve been a diehard fan of Naomi Novik’s work since reading His Majesty’s Dragon, and her new fantasy, Uprooted, is an utter delight. Novik writes the kind of book that wins your heart and lights up all the pleasure of your brain. Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
  • Novik has written a living heart-book, its mythology vital, deep, and true. I am in awe. Rachel Hartman, author of Seraphina
     
  • This is a beautiful book. The magic is true magic, and the human relationships—especially those between women—complex and believable. Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint
  • Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I’ve Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I’ve been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won’t want to put it down. NPR
     
  • A very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic . . . Naomi Novik skillfully takes the fairy-tale-turned-bildungsroman structure of her premise . . . and builds enough flesh on those bones to make a very different animal. . . . The vivid characters around her also echo their fairy-tale forebears, but are grounded in real-world ambivalence that makes this book feel quietly mature, its world lived-in. The New York Times Book Review
     
  • Novik here delivers a tale that is funny and fast-paced, laced with hair-raising battle scenes and conspiracies; it also touches on deeper ecological concerns we grapple with today. The Washington Post
  • Novik takes us on a surprise-filled journey. . . . The resulting warmth and intimacy provide a nicely nurturing environment for her heroine’s unusual adventures. The Seattle Times
     
  • Breathtaking . . . [Novik] weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come. Pubilshers Weekly (starred review)
     
  • “A very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic…Vivid characters…are grounded in real-world ambivalence that makes this book feel quietly mature, its world lived-in.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A tale that is funny and fast paced, laced with hair-raising battle scenes and conspiracies; it also touches on deeper ecological concerns we grapple with today.”

    Washington Post

  • “Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I’ve been waiting a lifetime for.”

    NPR.org

  • “Novik takes us on a surprise-filled journey…The resulting warmth and intimacy provide a nicely nurturing environment for her heroine’s unusual adventures.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Breathtaking…A tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An original and fully realized fantastical place guaranteed to enthrall her longtime fans and attract new readers.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Emelin employs a thick Eastern European accent that helps solidify the setting, and she does an excellent job pronouncing the Russian- and Polish-influenced character names as well as the magical language used by witches and wizards.”

    AudioFile

  • A May 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2015 in Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • A 2016 RUSA Reading List Winner for Fantasy
  • Finalist for the 2015 Hugo Award
  • Winner of the 2015 Nebula Award
  • Finalist for the 2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • A 2016 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
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About the Author
Author Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of several novels and series. In 2007 Novik received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention. A history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era, she studied English literature at Brown University, did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University, and participated in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?, and she lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

About the Narrator

Julia Emelin is a voice talent and audiobook narrator. She is the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.