“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.
Uprooted was the book picked for the Vaginal Fantasy book club read on Goodreads.
Uprooted begins when Agnieszka is getting ready for her best friend in the world Kasia to go away. You see every ten years the "Dragon" picks a girl to spend ten years with him in his tower. No one really knows what they do there, but when the girl comes back she eventually leaves town and doesn't fit in with the rest of them. But this year is different. This year the Dragon doesn't pick the most beautiful or special girl, he picks Agnieszka, and no one knows why. After they get off to a rocky start things start to change, especially when Agnieszka realizes that she has a gift she never knew about...
But trouble is coming, and the fierce Wood is out to get the kingdoms...
Agnieszka and the Dragon must work together if they wish to stop the madness that is heading their way.
This book started out by sucking me into. I couldn't put it down. But then the book sort of shifted, it basically took a 180 turn from what I imagined was going to happen, and I wasn't sure what to think about it. I sort of felt like the heroine didn't really get enough to practice her gifts, and was just thrown to the wolves basically. But I got over that because the book got better. However, I still sort of felt like something was missing the rest of the story. It was still really good, but I just expected more.
I also really loved all of the other characters in the book. And there was a little bit of romance in it as well that made it much more interesting.
The only other downside to the story was the ending. I'm not sure if there will be another book or not, but I was a little disappointed with the lack of details, and the way the conflict just ended in the end.
Overall though I really thought the book was good! It was a nice fantasy read!