Naomi Novik's Uprooted
Novik's Temeraire series is one of those series I keep MEANING to read, but like, the library only has the audiobooks, etc etc whatever. Anyway, after reading Uprooted, those have shot to the top of my to-read list, because DAMN did I love this book. It's a great reworking of Eastern European folklore AND the whole dragon-stealing-girls stuff of legend--here, though, the Dragon is actually an immortal wizard who lives near the edge of a very terrifying Wood, trying to keep it from encroaching, taking over towns, stealing people and corrupting them, etc. And every certain number of years, he takes a girl to live with him for a decade (not really for nefarious purposes). Agnieszka has grown up knowing that her best friend Kasia is sure to be the girl chosen--he always takes the BEST girl--but surprise surprise, he takes Agnieszka instead. Because she has MAGIC!!!!!!! Things just stay really awesome from there as she learns to use her skills, save the day, enter into a very begrudging romance (not a major part of the story, but I enjoyed it), and so on. I loved every moment of it. It's action-packed and delightful. I am pretty sure this is the start of a series--though it works fine as a stand-alone--and I can't wait to revisit these characters and this world. A.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in May.