Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, her dearest friend in the world. There is no way to save her. But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl and when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him…
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Attempted rape (on-page, detailed)
- Cheating recounted
- Adult-minor relationship*
- Alcohol consumption
- Pregnancy mentioned
- Body horror
- Minor physical injuries (burns)
- Death of a brother
- Death of a mother & father mentioned
- Knife violence
- War themes & military violence
- Graphic animal death
- Animal attack
*Note: The main romance is between a seventeen-year-old girl and an immortal 100-(plus)-year-old man.