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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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Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • A 2016 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • 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
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • Winner of the 2015 Nebula Award
  • Finalist for the 2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
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About the Author
Author Naomi NovikNaomi Novik is the acclaimed author of His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, and Blood of Tyrants, the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.
About the Narrator

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