UprootedBook - 2015
From Library Staff
A fantasy rooted in folklore that is both charming and creepy — in the best way.
The Wood has such a frightening presence that it is practically a character in its own right. Beware the monsters crawling in the loam and scuttling over roots to capture our protagonists and bury them deep in the trees. The musty smell of the earth and the chill of the shade might send shivers u... Read More »
Beatricksy Nov 09, 2016
Fantastic magic, an interesting story that plays with every physical sense, a delightfully strong cast of characters--and most of them girls, huzzah--a natural development from fear to peace (that last chapter, oh), and the scariest wood I've ever read about. One of the top of the year for me. I'... Read More »
izmabro Aug 23, 2016
Mysterious story of magic, darkness, danger, and glory in imaginary Eastern European settings. Love the story!
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tgabriel_0 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18
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Those the walkers carried into the Wood were less lucky. We didn’t know what happened to them, but they came back out sometimes, corrupted in the worst way: smiling and cheerful, unharmed. They seemed almost themselves to anyone who didn’t know them well, and you might spend half a day talking with one of them and never realize anything was wrong, until you found yourself taking up a knife and cutting off your own hand, putting out your own eyes, your own tongue, while they kept talking all the while, smiling, horrible.
"...vanishing like a statue under running water." p. 172
'Dearest," she said urgently, breathlesly, "what a brilliantly original angle [to wear a hat]--I've never seen anything like it before."
I blurted out, "Are you--are you trying to be rude?" As soon as the idea occured to me, all the odd things she'd said and done came together andmade a strange malicious sense. pp 259-260
She turned to me and said dourly, "There's always a price."
"Yes," I said, low and tired. And I didn't think we were done paying." p. 314
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Agnieszka and Kasia have been best friends throughout their childhood in the village of Dvernik, bonded by the fact that they are both Dragon-born girls. Every ten years, the Dragon—the sorcerer who protects the valley from the dark magic of the Wood—takes a seventeen-year-old girl to live with him in the Tower, and both Agnieszka and Kasia will be seventeen the year his next servant is chosen. Everyone knows that it is Kasia, beautiful, and graceful, and competent, who will be chosen. And after ten years, she will emerge from the tower rich and educated, and leave the valley forever. But when the Dragon comes to make his choice, it is not Kasia who attracts his attention.