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    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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    incredible storytelling and deep world

    While I do not recommend this book for the younger crowd --it depicting graphic sex scenes and a surprising amount of violence-- the book is very good.

    The world is deep, and lived-in. From political intrigues to the life of farmers and villagers, everything appears in sharp details and is shown with incredible emotional intelligence.

    The characters are likeable, and their struggle personal, and I had not rooted more for a protagonist in a long while. The magic isn't all-powerful, and you rarely ago yourself "why don't they just do that?" as is so often the case in fantasy.

    The narration is incredible. The soft accent, the emotion and the passion in it are incredibly contagious.

    My only problem with it would be towards the end, and how a certain battle was handled, but I can't go into more details without falling in spoiler territory.

    All-in-all, I will keep Agnieszka, Kasia and the Dragon close to my heart for years to come.

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    Well-read blend of fantasy and fairy tale

    No difficulty getting immersed in this standalone blend of fantasy and fairytale that’s neither too sentimental nor to dark, too predictable or too outrageous. The narrator has a lovely voice and accent that fills the story with emotion while varying enough to make the diverse characters come distinctly to life. The story is well-paced and suspenseful, just long enough to satisfy you thoroughly before getting tired of the first person narration.

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    sometimes predictable but beautifully written

    nice performance, beautifully written. sometimes I could guess where the plot was going. The main character grew a lot in this story and sometimes her maturity seemed out of place for her age and life experience...but overall I really liked her.

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    • Jaki GT
    • 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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    • Asher Freeman
    • 01/11/2018

    A beautiful telling

    This is a gem of a story, gracefully presented and told with the language to match. Some stories are a pleasure to listen to purely because they are beautifully written, but this has all three; Great story, well written, and perfectly narrated.
    Highly recommend!

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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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    • Adeline Radloff
    • 15/07/2022

    An absolute joy

    Absolutely outstanding. I can't remember the last time a book gave me such pleasure. Joyful, tender, brilliant.

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    • Alexander Karnovsky
    • 29/04/2022

    Great fantasy book!

    The story was great, thrilling and exciting. The narration is also wonderful, I've listened to a sample of the other narration and was so glad to listen to Katy Sobey's.

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    • Kristin
    • 16/01/2022

    Enchanting story

    Well written story and world building. Fantasy and magic - and the fight between good and evil. Expertly narrated. Enjoyed every second.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 29/12/2020

    So Addictive!

    This story had me so addicted i feel like i'm in withdrawal now, finished it some hours ago and i cant's stop crying over the fact that it's over. Don't let the first few chapters fool you, it quickly becomes an amazing fairytail full of empowerment and wonder <3
    I've never ever felt like this after finishing a book

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    • Moxie
    • 20/12/2020

    Wonderful

    As I get older I get more jaded, and lose some of the sense of wonderment that was so essential a part of reading tales and fantasy when I was younger. This book managed to transport me back decades! It is wonderfully narrated, and beautifully crafted. I loved the main character, and the lesser-known setting of Poland and Russia for this powerful fantasy. It kept me interested and invested, and I was so sorry when it was over, though I found the ending satisfying.

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    • Mathias Hellevang
    • 11/08/2019

    Ok

    I generally liked the book and story, and the performance was good, but the awkward sex portions was extremely annoying.

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    • Annieidea
    • 09/02/2019

    Thanks for the narrator!

    I’m very grateful to those who decided to find a new narrator for this book. In my opinion it’s the key to everything when it comes to listening a book. So it was my first reason to buy an audio instead of a printed book. I was very unhappy when I could not listen to the previous narrator because of the accent. Katy Sobey did a great job and it really feels like magic especially when you can let yourself to close your eyes and just go with the flow.
    The book itself is a little bit slow paced and even if something happens it feels like we are still stuck in one place and no one is going anywhere. However it is a beautiful story and I have no complaints.

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    • Mina
    • 10/11/2019

    for teenagers, LARPers ... at heart

    This is basically the coming-of-age-story of a teenage girl. She has to leave her family and friends. She gets trained in an art completely new to her. Initally overwhelmed, she discovers she is actually very talented at it. She falls in love with her teacher, attracted to a man who mainly comes across as distant and arrogant, but extremely good at his job and quite attractive. She learns about sexual attraction and has pleasant and unpleasant encounters. She learns that the dangers of her world are actually very serious and out to get her, not just the fairytales she believed as a kid; and how she can put her talents towards making the world a better place. She has to face up to the conflicts of her childhood days and resolve them. Her horizon broadens as she moves to the big city and has to find her way in social circles that were alien to her before. She gains knowledge and courage and self-respect. And then all of this is put to the test in a big showdown to save her world.
    It's just disguised as a fairy tale complete with magicians, enchanted woods, witches, beautiful princes and evil queens which is disguised as a fantasy novel.
    It's a bit like the Outlander series really, but with more magic and a bit less sex.
    If you enjoy escaping into such a fairy tale world, if you occasionally enjoy such teenage erotic fantasies, or if you are a LARPer who enjoys detailed and intricate descriptions of magical spells and healing rituals - or if you are all of this at once deep down in your heart, you'll like this book. If not, read something else.

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    • BikerJoe
    • 18/07/2017

    Humans, nature and magic blended into a Fairytale

    Naomi Novik is an acclaimed author and her fantasy novel „Uprooted“ received amongst others the highly prestigious “Nebula Award”. Most of the reviews of “Uprooted” are extremely positive or even exuberant and I can see why, a young and naïve heroine, unaware of her gift in witchcraft, the eternal battle between the forces of good and evil and a story with the touch and feel of a Grimm’s fairy tale. Naomi Novik skillfully blends old myths and legends with conflicts and concerns of our time, the struggle to reconcile human interests with the preservation of nature.

    Naomi Novik’s prose is enchanting and pleasant to listen to. It reminded me of the bedtime hours of my childhood, when mother was reading stories to us children. I especially liked the reference to old Polish myths, which give the narrative a very unique and special touch.The way magic is described here, is also quite appealing. It is not just spells and waving of wands, but rather finding the essence of things and magnifying its properties.

    The storyline is not overly complex. Agneieszka, a young village girl, is sent to the tower of the dragon, a sinister sorcerer, to serve him for a decade. To her surprise she finds out that she has a gift for magic and together with the dragon she tries to protect the valley from the dark forces hidden in the surrounding woods. It does not really surprise that there is a strong bond growing between both of them, a nice romantic touch.

    Unfortunately there are also some parts of the tale, which spoiled some of the fun for me:
    1.) The story is unnecessarily violent and cruel. Thousands of soldiers are killed in battle and mostly by dark magic and bloodthirsty monsters. The author lingers too long on these battle scenes and does not move on until the last man died.
    2.) Nature, especially the woods, are described as a source of evil and mankind has to fight nature rather than live in harmony with it.
    3.) The story is a little bit lengthy at times and the reader gets the impression that it does not go anywhere.
    4.) It probably is true for most fairytales, but Naomi Novik’s characters are black or white, villains or saints. This reduces the quality of the otherwise nicely structured characters.

    Regardless of all that, it is an unusual and decent fantasy novel.

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    • Chocolate Cookie
    • 10/06/2021

    Loved it!

    Both the speaker and the story were very good; the book is an exciting take on fairytales and has a strong heroine. And Nieszka is a nice nickname. :-) I loved the ending very much (but no spoilers!)

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    • München
    • 03/10/2020

    A simply wonderful story

    This is the best book I’ve „read“ in a long time! Katy Sobey couldn’t have read it any better! Simply a joy from beginning to the end. A wonderful story...

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    • Luis
    • 25/02/2018

    Comfortable Fantasy Fairy-Tale

    First up I think it's important to note, that I wasn't bored or struggled to continue throughout this 19h audiobook - that is an achievement in and of itself.
    However, I do have some criticism. First is the awkward tonal shift near the beginning of the third act. In the first half of the book, the story has this wonderful Fairy-Tale feel to it, with a small cast of characters and stakes that are never raised beyond the survival or happiness of these characters. Unfortunately, the book then seems to change its mind and drifts more into a tolkienesque high fantasy affair. Which still works, but wasn't what originally drew me to the book. I'm also not a huge fan of the reveal of what the antagonist actually is.
    All in all it is still a pleasurable experience read by an extremely pleasant actress.

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    • Marthe
    • 06/07/2022

    very good, cool magic, solid story all over.

    I finished this book faster than usual. It's very good. Probably gonna be one of my favs :)

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 15/06/2022

    absolutely lovely book.

    the description makes it sound like a classic YA romantasy story, however it reminds me much more of tamora pierces books. the focus is on the world building, the storyline which stays gripping with multiple peaks, and the coming of age of our heroine. the love story is very subtle but incredibly cute if you don't read into the dragon wrong. if you are determined to dislike him you could easily ruin the experience, which some other readers reported. I however loved his character as well as all the others.

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    • LB
    • 01/05/2022

    Great feminist fantasy story

    This is one of those books that you can't stop reading (or listening) albeit dreading reaching the end. I loved every minute of this - to me - feminist fantasy.
    Why do I find it feminist? I have to spoil a bit in order to elaborate so don't read on if you don't want to be spoiled.
    First of all the obvious: the heroine is female. Just that by itself wouldn't make it feminist, though. The heroine has a close female friend and other women in her life who play important roles and are individual characters and their lives don't just circle around men (Bechdel test, the bare minimum, passed with flying colors!).
    At first the heroine fears she is forced to be locked away from her friends and family for ten years in order to fulfill every whim of this cold and distant wizard, who they have not seen to be cruel and abusive - but why would he choose a young woman every ten years to live with him if not to force himself upon her? I don't think I've ever read a similar fantasy story/fairytale in which they talked about sexual abuse. Luckily, it doesn't actually come to that, but I loved the "no bullshit" way this was covered - including the guilt of the village people for not rebelling!
    The heroine then discovers that she is a witch and at first very unsuccessful until she finds out that her magic just works a little differently - it's more about intuition, feeling, intent than about the rigid rules her teacher tries to get into her head. And once she discovered that and once he grudgingly acknowledged that there is a different way of doing magic that he never imagined, it turns out she is actually pretty talented and powerful.
    There also is a love story and parts of me do wonder if it might be partially Stockholm syndrome that she eventually fell for her initial incarcerator - it was just out of luck of being a witch that she could escape what practically would have been a decade long imprisonment after all. But I still liked the love story and - growing up with Disney and Co - even hoped for it. I liked learning that he is not as indifferent as he seems at first, why he became that way, the subtle signs that he cares for her despite them being so utterly different and despite him acting annoyed by her (probably just annoyed by himself for developing feelings) and how she started seeing through his act. I loved how she didn't try to please him so that he'd like her better (or show sooner that he liked her) and that he didn't try to pursue her or make any move until she made clear that she wanted him. I also liked their sex scene (her first time! ) - one of the few I've read that didn't make me squirm because there was mutual consent, no "she says no, but means yes" bs, she took up the reins, so the sex wasn't something that "happened to her" and there was no reproduction of the damaging "hymen that has to be broken through and there will be a small sharp pain" myth. Ken Follett should take a leaf out of Naomi Novik's book...
    But even after they made clear to each other that they like each other, it doesn't become the main theme - or awkward when they still have to save the country. Yes, they've had sex and haven't talked about their feelings, but they can still work with each other. But also carry on with their own lives afterwards without feeling bitter and resentful or giving each other's needs up just to not be apart.
    When he does decide to come back to her in the end, after everything else was sorted out, my secretly romantic heart overflowed with joy, of course. But it felt like a free decision that could have been made differently and that, too, would have been okay.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 02/06/2021

    Quite enjoyable

    Interesting concept of Magic. Simple but nice world building- i quite enjoyed the "villains", where there isnt simple good or bad guys.
    I felt the romance wasnt particularily necessary

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    • ManiNeko
    • 27/11/2020

    Awesome story and awesome voice actor!

    I really loved the story buildup and the character development in the main character. Starting as a timid girl with mostly fear slowly turning into a woman that expresses her wishes and stand up up for herself. Proving that she is not to be underestimated.

    Katy I loved your voice it was easy to get into the story as I mostly listen to audio books when I've to drive for several hours is nice to have a voice that can bring the story to live so well.