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Uprooted

Autor: Naomi Novik
Sprecher: Katy Sobey
Spieldauer: 17 Std. und 20 Min.
4.5 out of 5 stars (154 Bewertungen)

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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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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.

  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

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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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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A true fairy tale

as magical and timeless as they come! Highly recommanded for everyone who like beeing pulled in to a world of socery, unearthy creatures and a lost forest queen.

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Nice book, incompetent reading

I really like this book but struggled to bear the narrator who was reading as if she was reading heptameter. Not sure why she chooses this sing-song voice but it takes all the nuances out of the book. Whilst she has a very sweet voice overall, she is incapable of giving credible voices to the characters - her voicing of men (dumpf and dull), children (squeaky) and older women (crackly) is painful at most times and the one somewhat erotic passage in the book just made me cringe. I hate it when male narrators speak women by making their pitch higher and women likewise making theirs lower is equally incompetent and rids the characters off depth and complexity. There are two inflections the narrator has mastered - one is the dominating narration style which sounds as if she recites poetry and the other is Surprise!. I was looking forward to the next book but seeing that it has the same narrator will rather re-read it myself than listen to something like this again.

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best Story I've heard in a long time

just couldn't stop listening. filled with terror magic hope and all else. wonderful try for yourself

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A few good passages

I found the story had some good aspects but wasn't too my taste after all. Compared to the temeraire series this is but a shadow. I understand the need for doing something new but this wasn't really it for me at least. Still. Good writing, good character development.

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Erfrischende Fantasy.

Endlich mal wieder eine Top-Fantasy-Story. Sehr gut gelesen. Die Idee fand ich auch ziemlich gut und nicht abgegriffen.

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rundum gut

Eine spannende Geschichte voller vielschichtiger Figuren und unerwarteter Wendungen und von der Sprecherin hervorragend zum Leben erweckt.

märchenhaft, aber ohne die klischeehaften Rollenverteilungen. absolut empfehlenswert.

  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars

one of my favourite books

after reading the temeraire books, i was sceptical. but this one is different. a faerie tale with deep sorrow and joy and a sweet reluctant love story.
Katy sobey's reading is brilliant. if you like high fantasy don't miss this one.