Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Rate: 5/5

Medium: Audiobook

Overview (No Spoilers):

Novik has been on my TBR periphery for a past year or so based on fellow blogger and author recommendations. Furthermore, her novels kept showing up every ‘must read’ lists that I happened to be perusing. Finally convinced, I was careful not the spoil any of the backstory or even a brief synopsis of Uprooted prior to adding the title to my library holds list.  That being said, I couldn’t stop listening to this fantastic read, which turned out to be an emotional roller coaster that had me both crying and laughing.  Novik delivers a delightfully unique literary adventure that is gracefully eloquent with a strong, independent female lead that is truly a breath of fresh air.   Upon beginning Uprooted, I was under the impression that this novel would fall under the genre of young adult, however I was pleasantly surprised to find adult themes laden throughout.  Additionally piquing my interest was the deliberate method at which the world building and character depth were developed alongside the story, drawing the reader ever deeper into Agnieszka’s plight. As someone who grew up in a rural community where woods walks were frequent Sunday afternoon activities, I loved the concept of this story, especially as we learn more about the Woods, due to Agnieszka fearlessly adventures further into its depths.  While I want to say more and to rave about how wonderfully refreshing and innovative I found this read to be, I would hate to spoil anything more regarding the premise of Novik’s work of art. That being said, I can appreciate this read is a standalone novel, however I would love to have her revisit this wonderful literary realm sometime in the future.  Overall, Uprooted will be my go to book recommendation for the foreseeable future and will likely find its way into many of my Christmas gifts this year. Sorry to spoil the surprise if you’re reading this friends and family.

Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):

  • As a result of going into this read anticipating a YA novel I was continually shocked at all the death throughout this book. It kept the reader on their toes, not knowing what character would be next to bite the dust.
  • Due to Kasia being in the heart tree and changing to part wood, how will her normal aging process be changed?
  • Will Agnieszka cope with her parents, family, etc growing old while she stays  young?
  • Did the Dragon try teaching the other young girls magic?
  • Prince Marek was seriously the worst! I kept worrying the Novik would redeem him. While I’m mentioning characters I despised, I might as well bring up Solya, the Falcon. He was so irresponsible, enabling Marek in his wild ambitions.
  • Did the Queen actually run away with her suitor or was she kidnapped?
  • What is Jaga’s story? Will Agnieszka  learn to time travel too? I kept wondering if Agnieszka  would turn out to be Jaga.
  • Will there be peace for Polngya and Rosya?
  • Will Agnieszka finish healing the forest?
  • That ending was so beautiful with Agnieszka and the Dragon reuniting!



  1. I am so glad that you loved this as much as you did because people either hate the book or love the book with this one. I loved it and that made me read Spinning Silver and somehow that’s better than Uprooted. Different in tone and settings but still absolutely a delight.

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  2. I have this one in my library but I STILL have yet to read it. I had heard so many good things about it that I just bought it on a whim at a festival but I still haven’t cracked it open. But it’s so encouraging to see so many positive reviews from fellow bloggers! I’m glad that you enjoyed this one. Will you be trying Spinning Silver as well?

    Also, random question: Which source do you use for your audiobooks??? I’ve been trying to listen to more since I’m so busy now that it’s hard to sit down and read. But since I’ve been driving more often, I thought I’d listen to them instead LOL

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  3. […] Given my current streak of reading thriller/suspense novels, I sought to update my fairy tale portfolio and stumbled upon Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Published in 2015, this highly-rated book has received the Nebula Award for Best Novel and was nominated for a Hugo Award. It has also been reviewed previously by The Critiquing Chemist if you’re interested in checking that out here. […]


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