The Reviews Are Coming In For UPROOTED!

From the moment I read Uprooted, I knew it to be a special book.

And when many of my author friends started posting their reviews—like Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks, Ursula K. Le Guin, and many others—I knew that my own feelings were vindicated.

Uprooted doesn’t stop there though. The book is now published in fine bookstores and online stores, and more reviews are popping up online every day. I thought I would take the time to point toward them, mostly to archive but to also share other people’s thoughts on Naomi’s new book!


  • Publishers Weekly:
    “Novik’s use of language is supremely skillful as she weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come.” (April 2015)
  • Christina Reads YA:
    “Are you reading Uprooted? I would certainly hope so. You’ll be in the hands of a master storyteller.” (April 28, 2015)
  • Not Yet Read:
    Uprooted is now among my favorite books and will be revisited by me again and again. I’m only sad I can’t have that “first read” experience over and over again – but I always love rereadings ones like this because I find little nuances that I might have missed the first time around. And if I didn’t hype it up enough for you then just go read another random review, I dare you. I am not alone.” (May 10, 2015)
  • The UW Daily:
    “This story of revenge, love, and magic will plant a seed of curiosity that will grow into a great appreciation for Novik’s work.” (May 19, 2015)
  • Author Rachel Hartman:
    “There aren’t many books that I wish I’d written, but Uprooted is one. I’ve read this book twice now, and like a vast, dense forest, it’s different every time. Your gleaning will reveal marvels even I missed. That is fantasy at its best, doing what it is uniquely suited to do: the reader brings the seeds of self, sows them in the generous soil of myth, and reaps them a hundredfold.” (May 21, 2015)
  • NPR Books Review:
    “Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I’ve been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won’t want to put it down.” (May 24, 2015)
  • Books, Bones, & Buffy:
    “A glorious, intricate fantasy with strong horror elements, that drew me in and held me spellbound.” (May 25, 2015)
  • Ivy Book Bindings:
    “If it isn’t already clear, Uprooted is a must-read for fantasy lovers. It’s beautifully written, scripted to perfection, and unique in the sense that it reads like lore–like a Marillier novel–despite being much more far-reaching than her Sevenwaters tales tend to be. For a fantasy-loving, political-plot-adoring, romance-swooning, stand-alone-admiring reader like me, Uprooted was a couple hours of sheer joy.” (May 30, 2015)
  • io9:
    “Novik’s writing is sharp, dense, and very funny. It’s also dark, violent, and sexual. Which is a reminder that “fairy tale” doesn’t mean clean, easy, and happy.” (June 2, 2015)

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