“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik is a standalone (!) fantasy novel inspired by Slavic / Russian mythology and fairy tales.
The Goodreads blurb is the following: “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. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.”
The book is available RIGHT AWAY at Witsch & Behrendt, so go and pick your copy up now. 🙂
If you have read “Uprooted” already, never fret: You can read Katherine Arden’s “The Bear and the Nightingale” (another fantasy novel inspired by Slavic mythology) instead, which we will talk about in our extra talk! 🙂 (Both books are perfect reads during the festive season (whether you celebrate Christmas or not), so enjoy!)
Thanks E. for the beautiful bookish picture! If you have taken a bookish picture and would like to see it published here (plus on Facebook and Instagram) feel free to send me your picture via email, Facebook, Insta or Discord. HAPPY READING!
Please be aware that we changed our December meeting from December 5 to December 6, 4-6pm. Come in your ugliest Christmas sweater and bring a cup. I’ll provide red mulled wine and spicy apple punch. I hope you enjoyed “A Darker Shade of Magic” by VE Schwab. We’ll talk about Harry Potter after the regular meeting! 💚