Naomi Novik – Uprooted Audiobooktext
I really liked it and I can easily understand why Robin Hobb found this volume enchanting. However, I had no idea when I started the novel that Uprooted would please me so much. the summary had intrigued me, certainly, but for me it was more part of those stories that we read and with which we have a good time, nothing more. As much to say to you that I am happy to have made a mistake.
Uprooted moreover rather resembles the universe of the Royal Assassin. It is not a copy but we find this medieval fantasy side with intrigues as much political as magical, and above all a hero, well rather a heroine, to whom we quickly become attached. Frankly, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Fitz come in to make a cameo. Loving the Robin Hobb series, the bet was already well won with Naomi Novik – Uprooted Audiobook for me.
Agnieszka, our young heroine, therefore finds herself having to spend ten years in the company of the Dragon, the magician who watches over her land. The young woman did not think she was chosen and it is as much a shock for her as for all her relatives. Yet she has no choice. She does not know what awaits her, the Dragon is a total mystery and of course, she thinks of the worst. But it is a duty. A “weak” tribe to prevent the Bois, an evil entity, from attacking the valley where the young woman grew up. We enter the story very quickly and the author manages from the start to situate the entire structure of his universe in a clear and precise way. I didn’t feel lost or lacking in clues to figure out anything. And it’s quite rare, especially in fantasy.
From there I would say we have three major parts. The first where we discover Agnieszka and her world as well as her new life in the Dragon Tower. Then comes his apprenticeship and to finish the most epic part. There are certainly a few lengths, but it was difficult for me to let go of the novel. the relational side especially between Sarkan and Agnieszka but also Kasia really pleased me. It is not an epic story where we devote ourselves to the “battle” part of good versus evil. Psychology is very present and I would even say that it is in fact the central part of the universe. The author tries to make us understand why the characters in his novel act in such and such a way. Everything from a starting point, even the bad guy has a reason to act this way, and icing on the cake, we understand that. It might be silly, but I’m one of those people who like to know why the hero’s enemy has become what he is. It is essential for me.
Wood is the common thread of everything. This entity inexorably invades the world causing madness and destruction. It is said several times in the novel that it causes decay. I don’t know if this is what the author was looking for or not, but I found it to be a very smart metaphor for our world. A seed planted in each of us which can turn everything upside down. A daily struggle not to sink and to continue fighting to live in the face of horrors. Beside that, we also discover a society where the little people are close to us, and where the high power is corrupted and indulges in petty and vile games. We may be in a world of fantasy and in a very distant time, the fact remains that I did not feel out of place. It’s so easy to slip into this universe. And again, I found everything to be handled in a smart and humane way.
Side characters. Agnieszka of course is a character that I really liked and that from the start. She is not the perfect heroine, quite the contrary. She never arrives has remained immaculate, preferring to frolic and follow her heart. She learns a lot about herself in particular. Sweet and sensitive, I was not embarrassed by his stubbornness and his desire to save others. In some stories these character traits can irritate me but not here. the Dragon is a character that I also adored. His gruff, undrinkable side was just perfect. A total opposite to Agnieszka. Their relationship is all the more pleasant to follow, even if I regret that it is the magician who learns a lot more. Kasia, Agnieszka’s best friend, was a very pleasant surprise. I didn’t think she would go in that direction and I was delighted. I’m not saying too much so as not to spoil it but a great idea from the author. There are many other characters but these are really the three that marked me the most, the others serving more for the plot in the end. Naomi Novik – Uprooted Audiobook.
The end is also a success for me. It brings a conclusion that I very much appreciated and which gives us a lot of answers. Agnieszka’s decisions, just like her choices with regard to the Wood, were just perfect. I approved all the more that Naomi Novik took the time to tell us about it after the battle. I was a little scared at the very end, because a story did not find a satisfactory conclusion, but in the end, the author did not let me down!
A novel that deserves its awards, with a strong heroine who has convictions for which she is not afraid to fight. magic, a dose of romance, psychology and adventure. A successful one-shot.