In a rare move, I not only picked up an adult fiction book, but greatly anticipated. I still haven’t identified what brings such a great appeal to me for YA, but in this case I read outside the genre. Largely in part because Novik write a similar YA book I adored. Spinning Silver and Uprooted have similar aesthetic, but make no mistake–the sameness ends there. And both are special for different reasons.
After years of surviving on the edge of poverty due to her father’s failings in his job, Miryem takes over for him as the town moneylender. Her gifting in the job connects her to unexpected people…including an icey Staryk king who desires her ability to turn silver to gold.
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Primarily, I read this book because I heard about Spinning Silver. Rumpelstiltskin is my all-time favorite fairy tale, and in fact the story that got me to love reading in the first place, so I go crazy whenever I hear about an adaptation. Spinning Silver, however, only came out in July, so it is too soon for me to pick up a copy at my local library. I decided to read Uprooted instead, to judge whether or not I should give Spinning Silver my time.
This is yet another adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, however, it is only a loose retelling of the story you know and love/hate. Every 10 years a powerful magician, the Dragon, visits the valley to select a woman to serve him. Agnieszka is his unexpected choice. Continue reading “Book Review: Uprooted”