Book Pick for June ~ Uprooted by Naomi Novik


June's Book ~ Uprooted by Naomi Novik



So my March book tour, Gentle Reader, involved a great number of 1-2 hour plane rides. This, in Gail's world, means... READING. I had a number of things on my docket, including a few ARCs I'd been slipped on the down low. One of them was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I liked it so much I decided to pick it for my June read. We have never done an alternate fairy story before.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted is Novik's foray into alternate fairy stories (out May 19, 2015). Known for her Temeraire novels (which I have never read), this is a Grimm atmospheric piece with an immersive narrative and a bewitching sense of place.



From the blurb:

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

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, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

{Gail's monthly read along for June is Uprooted by Naomi Novik}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1839 Ladies' Cabinet Date-  Sunday, September 1, 1839 Item ID-  v. 21, plate 118

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Say "cheese!" The octographer will take your picture now. And I missed it while in NZ! Curses.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Vegetarian Personal Ads: 19th-century matrimonial advertisements.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
P. G. Wodehouse's fictional locations. Such a master.

PROJECT ROUND UP  




The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
Sarah of SF crowsnest says of Curtsies & Conspiracies: “All Carriger’s series are based in the same world and, having read the entirety of ‘The Parasol Protectorate’, I still found myself learning new things about the vampires and werewolves and how their society functions. Carriger somehow manages to do this without making it dull at all.”

Quote of the Day:
“It is hard to tell if that is a note of anguish I detect in his voice or if it is merely my own longings reflected back at me.”
~ Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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