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Publisher's Summary

A dark enchantment blights the land.

Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.

Agnieszka fears her dearest friend, Kasia, will be picked at the next choosing, for she's everything Agnieszka is not - beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it's not Kasia he takes.

©2016 Naomi Novik (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Well written folklore fantasy

Folklore fantasy full of malevolent woods and powerful magic. Interesting twists in the plot and characters who develop and grow. Very enjoyable. Solid narration.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Zora
  • Footscray, Australia
  • 04-11-2016

Deeply engaging stand-alone fantasy

Lovely story, with a fascinating and very sinister baddie in the form of an entire evil forest! Feels like a Russian fairytale (as it is meant to) and the pace is brisk and exciting. A real pleasure.

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A good twist on fantasy tropes

It's refreshing to find a heroine in a fantasy story that is actually afraid of magic and has all the limited worldly knowledge of her peasant upbringing. The forest was a horrific looming, presence over the whole novel, and a wonderful antagonistic force that that protagonists struggle to contend with. With interesting and well developed side characters, this was a great read.

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Brilliant new fairytale for grown-up tastes.

I was absolutely captivated by this story. Katy Sobey is a wonderful narrator, her range as far as character voices is remarkable (I am so thrilled that she's also voicing Naomi Novik's new book, Spinning Silver!). Naomi Novik has written her own version of the Beauty and the Beast story/Grimm fairytale - complete with the dark and sometimes gruesome happenings, twists and surprises of those classic fables that keep you on the edge of your seat. I can't praise this book enough. Loved it.

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Classic wizards and forests.

Classic wizard's apprentice story with a few nice twists and laughs. The first third is amazing. Goes through several climaxes, feeling a bit like a trilogy in one book.

And of all the books you just happened to pick up...

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A beautiful fairytale

Really enjoyed every second of this, and the narrator was wonderful. A fairytale for adults, I loved the magic of it.

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finished this waaaay too fast

this book is fast paced and well written... an absolute pleasure to listen to!! :)

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Gripping

This is s trilogy in one book. Loved the story, the concept and the performance.

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Definitely needs a sequel

A great story that I completely enjoyed! I am hopeful for a second book and a series!

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Never expected

This was a book that kept you rooted to the end. With many twists that held your attention. Long after bed time. Thank you for a great book

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  • jaki
  • 18-01-2017

confused about the hugely varied reviews? read thi

Ok so the first 5 chapters she is a bit whiney and whinge repetitively about her predicament. he's a miserable negative pratt but do stick with it. the book totally redeems itself soon after and it's a great book. The narrator is perfect for the character, at once whimsical and aloof and real too so you feel you know agnieshka. I'm sure I spelt that wrong, ah well. The wood is fascinating and the magic gets better and better. a highly engaging book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-2018

be aware of evil forrests

great voice actor, and a lovely fantasy story, with a captivating world.
interesting Villan👍

(the review was too short, or as I like to call it "concise", so throwing some more words here, they are not important tho': pink elefants wearing batlle armor in a kiddie pool fighting an army of angry bees.)

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  • rebecca wheeler
  • 07-04-2017

Thoroughly enjoyed!

Brilliant Narration, and a story that resembles a dark fairy tale, enjoyed this thoroughly. Highly recommend.

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  • monika
  • 06-07-2016

Truly enchanting

A wonderful and engulfing story with so many perfect little details narrated masterfully

would recommend to everyone, especially fantasy enthusiasts

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 18-05-2016

Highly recommended!

Truly magical and completely engrossing! Really loved it and very sad as I came to its end! Beautifully written and very well read! A complete delight! Where are the rest of her books, please?

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • nicole
  • 11-07-2016

Exceptional epic fantasy

Despite listening to over 300 books a year, I've only found two new fantasy authors I'd really recommend in 2016. This is a beautifully narrated story with hints of probably Russian folk tales, though I don't know where or how varied the author's influences. It feels like the literary equivalent or a monsoon in the desert.

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  • aya
  • 15-09-2016

BEST BOOK ON AUDIBLE SO FAR

If you could sum up Uprooted in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Magical and Earthly

Any additional comments?

Usually don't read these types of books; I have a hard time suspending disbelief when books deal with magic also these types of books tend to use a lot of flowery language to seem more 'magical' - thank God 'Uprooted' doesn't fall into those traps. Once I started listening I could not stop. A lot of it down to the perfect narration of Katy Sobey but also to the simple, straightforward telling of the story, which reminded me of JK Rowling. The characters are also pretty likeable especially the MC and I liked the strong female friendship between the MC and her best friend. The story flows so naturally all the way to the end, which was so satisfying. So 5 stars from me.

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  • Mr
  • 27-11-2017

Original and wonderful.

A tale of magic, love and loss, turning to greed, fear and hate From start to finish, this enchanting tale gripped me.

The writing is wonderfully descriptive, taking you on a journey to another realm. The central characters are painted so vividly that you’d recognise them if you saw them in the street.

17 of the most enjoyable hours of listening I have ever had.

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  • Stanisla
  • 16-09-2016

Awful

I'd recommend this book to anyone who for reasons beyond my comprehension likes Twilight saga. Same story of hardly of age girl suddenly finding herself very special and in love with some mysterious hundred year old man. Which I personally find far from fascinating, but dull and degrading. I've also discovered what seems the only disadvantage of an audio book - you can suddenly find yourself listening to a "his firm thigh between my legs" passage without being able to flick through the pages to escape it.
I deeply regret buying this book and my own habit of not being able to put down a story I've started to read or listen.

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  • Stina
  • 10-07-2018

Best fairy tale retelling yet.

I have always read and liked fairy tales, and enjoyed several of the retellings, but this one is by far the most elegant and absorbing.
The reader does a very good job, and does not fall into the trap of faking a Russian accent, but always sounds engaged and never overworks the text.
I loved almost every thing about this audiobook (a few details marred, such as an overindulgence in describing the forest queen again and again, but nothing to distract me from the wonderfulness of the whole), and I long for her next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2018

Happy Potter Eat your Heart Out

This book is amazing, I love the Authors style, ao creative and enthralling!

I highly recommend this.

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  • Miss Ash Blake
  • 15-03-2018

I loved this book

Classic fairytale style of writing. Sadness and hope together the best combination. Beautifully written and thought provoking. Novak has a gift for drawing a reader into the heart of her tale it draws you in and all owes you to become submerged into the story. First story I’ve ever heard of hers and I will definitely be listening to more.

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  • rose-lavenders
  • 11-03-2018

An amazing, unexpected book!

This story was so unique. I loved all the characters, the settings, and the magic. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 10-02-2018

One of the best books I have listened to in ages

This is a tale of a battle against corruption emanating from a dark and terrible wood. The main protagonist is a young woman from one of a number of villages at the fringes of the wood, who is offered up for a ten year period of servitude to the Dragon, a Court appointed wizard who guards the Kingdom from the wood. It is a well paced, beautifully written and narrated story. The characters are well fleshed out, flaws and all. Well worth a listen.