June 24, 2016

Not eaten, after all?

SF&F Literati Discuss Uprooted
Date: Monday, June 27, 2016
Title: Uprooted 
Author: Naomi Novik
Available fromFine Booksellers, including Barnes &Noble
Meeting Location: Barnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor
     11323 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214

NOTE: Uprooted is a Hugo finalist THIS YEAR! It also has been honored as “one of the best books of the year” by NPR and others.

Plot Overview from Barnes & Noble
“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.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Tor for the cover art image.

Plan NOW for the July 25 meeting! The selection is Planetfall, by Emma Newman. 

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