“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.”
Uprooted by Naomi Novik is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a difference.
Agnieszka lives in a quiet village nestled in a valley bordering a forest. A wizard, known by many as the Dragon, keeps the forests power at bay – but he does not offer this service for free. A price must be paid; one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years. Everyone including Agnieszka thinks that the Dragon will chose her friend Kasia at the next ‘choosing’ but when he does come, it is not Kasia he chooses.
“I had hated him, but I wouldn’t have reproached him, any more than I would have reproached a bolt of lightning for striking my house. He wasn’t a person . . .”
So if you haven’t already guessed from that description in this book the ‘Wood’ had a personality of it’s own. I’ve read quite a few Beauty and the Beast retellings over the last year or two (they seem to be popping up everywhere) but I did enjoy Uprooted because while it is based on the story there are some quiet noticeable differences.The personality of the ‘Wood’ being one of them but also Agnieszka’s and the Dragon’s relationship.
I can’t say much more without spoiling the plot but if you like retellings and want something fresh and different definitely give Uprooted a go.
Thanks for reading!