Uprooted

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NEBULA AWARD WINNER • HUGO AWARD FINALIST • "If you want a fantasy with strong characters and brilliantly original variations on ancient stories, try Uprooted!"-Rick Riordan

"Breathtaking . . . a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible."-Publishers Weekly(starred review)
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • BuzzFeed • Tordotcom • BookPage • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly

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.

Praise for Uprooted

"Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I've Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I've been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won't want to put it down."-NPR

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Autor:
Novik, Naomi

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Exzerpt:
Chapter 1

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.

He doesn t devour them really; it only feels that way. He takes a girl to his tower, and ten years later he lets her go, but by then she s someone different. Her clothes are too fine and she talks like a courtier and she s been living alone with a man for ten years, so of course she s ruined, even though the girls all say he never puts a hand on them. What else could they say? And that s not the worst of it ­after all, the Dragon gives them a purse full of silver for their dowry when he lets them go, so anyone would be happy to marry them, ruined or not.

But they don t want to marry anyone. They don t want to stay at all.

They forget how to live here, my father said to me once, unexpectedly. I was riding next to him on the seat of the big empty wagon, on our way home after delivering the week s firewood. We lived in Dvernik, which wasn t the biggest village in the valley or the smallest, or the one nearest the Wood: we were seven miles away. The road took us up over a big hill, though, and at the top on a clear day you could see along the river all the way to the pale grey strip of burned earth at the leading edge, and the solid dark wall of trees beyond. The Dragon s tower was a long way in the other direction, a piece of white chalk stuck in the base of the western mountains.

I was still very small ­not more than five, I think. But I already knew that we didn t talk about the Dragon, or the girls he took, so it stuck in my head when my father broke the rule.

They remember to be afraid, my father said. That was all. Then he clucked to the horses and they pulled on, down the hill and back into the trees.

It didn t make much sense to me. We were all afraid of the Wood. But our valley was home. How could you leave your home? And yet the girls never came back to stay. The Dragon let them out of the tower, and they came back to their families for a little while ­for a week, or sometimes a month, never much more. Then they took their dowry-­silver and left. Mostly they would go to Kralia and go to the University. Often as not they married some city man, and otherwise they became scholars or shopkeepers, although some people did whisper about Jadwiga Bach, who d been taken sixty years ago, that she became a courtesan and the mistress of a baron and a duke. But by the time I was born, she was just a rich old woman who sent splendid presents to all her grand-­nieces and nephews, and never came for a visit.

So that s hardly like handing your daughter over to be eaten, but it s not a happy thing, either. There aren t so many villages in the valley that the chances are very low ­he takes only a girl of seventeen, born between one October and the next. There were eleven girls to choose from in my year, and that s worse odds than dice. Everyone says you love a Dragon-­born girl differently as she gets older; you can t help it, knowing you so easily might lose her. But it wasn t like that for me, for my parents. By the time I was old enough to understand that I might be taken, we all knew he would take Kasia.

Only travelers passing through, who didn t know, ever complimented Kasia s parents or told them how beautiful their daughter was, or how clever, or how nice. The
Medientyp:
Taschenbuch
Verlag:
Random House LCC US
Biografie:

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series: His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, Blood of Tyrants, and League of Dragons. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of Uprooted and the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final? She lives in New York City with her husband Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.
Rezension:
Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I ve Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I ve been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won t want to put it down. NPR

A very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic . . . Naomi Novik skillfully takes the fairy-tale-turned-bildungsroman structure of her premise . . . and builds enough flesh on those bones to make a very different animal. . . . The vivid characters around her also echo their fairy-tale forebears, but are grounded in real-world ambivalence that makes this book feel quietly mature, its world lived-in. The New York Times Book Review

Novik here delivers a tale that is funny and fast-paced, laced with hair-raising battle scenes and conspiracies; it also touches on deeper ecological concerns we grapple with today. The Washington Post

Novik takes us on a surprise-filled journey. . . . The resulting warmth and intimacy provide a nicely nurturing environment for her heroine s unusual adventures. The Seattle Times

Drawing on her Polish heritage and fairy-tale tropes, [Novik] has penned an original and fully realized fantastical place guaranteed to enthrall her longtime fans and attract new readers. This exceptional fantasy for adult and teen readers should appeal to those who love fairy-tale influenced stories such as Robin McKinley s Spindle s End. Library Journal (starred review)

Every so often you come upon a story that seems like a lost tale of Grimm newly come to light. Uprooted is such a novel. Its narrative spell is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching. Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

The magic in Uprooted, with its realistic moral dimension, is so vividly believable that it almost seems you could work the spells. But the book will do that for you. Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning and bestselling author of The Earthsea cycle

Uprooted has everything I love: a great heroine, new takes on old myths and legends, and surprising twists and turns. A delight. Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series

Magical and practical, otherworldly and planted in the real, I could not stop reading this book and neither will you! Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Trickster s Choice and Trickster s Queen

Wild, thrilling, and deeply, darkly magical. An instant classic. Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy
Sprache:
Englisch
Seitenanzahl:
464
Zusammenfassung:
A fantastical Beauty and the Beast type tale--widely accessible and sure to appeal to a broad audience of all ages.

Stammdaten

Produkttyp:
Taschenbuch
Veröffentlichungsdatum:
1. März 2016
Verpackungsabmessungen:
0.208 x 0.141 x 0.027 m; 0.384 kg
GTIN:
09780804179058
DUIN:
1DLOBJ1KD30
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