Today I recently finished the fantasy book, “Uprooted”.
The plot is as follows:
Agnieszka loves her valley home in a quiet village. 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 the Wood’s dark forces at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his assistance: Every ten years one young woman must be handed over to serve him without question.
The new choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka knows-everyone one 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 when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
The plot is more complicated then that description. At first glance, it seems like the plot mainly has to do with the Dragon’s girl and her service to him. The Dragon decides to choose Agnieszka, which surprised everyone. But there is much more to the plot then that. It seems like the Dragon, whose name is Sarkan, is the antagonist based upon the plot description. But later on in the book, you will realize Sarkan is not the antagonist. At first, he is very harsh and angry towards Agnieskza because he is always yelling at her for being dirty or screwing up at something. How the Dragon initially treats Agnieskza starts giving the book the heartbreaking air. The Dragon teaches the girls he takes magic in order to become a witch. Sarkan does eventually soften up, but he still can be demanding.
The real antagonist of the book is the corrupted Wood. The Wood seems like it is alive and plants seeds everywhere. It has the ability to cover up villages and corrupt humans. It has the ability to kill as well. It sometimes leaves someone trapped inside a tree, which is one way it corrupts people. The Wood is the main reason why heartbreaking things keep on happening.
In fact, the main character, Agnieszka, is braver then she thinks she is. She risks her life several times in order to protect the people and the valley that she loves even when she disobeys the Dragon’s orders. She is very loyal towards Kasia, who eventually joins the Dragon and Agnieszka on their journey. The plot focuses a lot of trying to destroy the corrupted wood, but it is harder then it appears. They have to escape several times the power of the Wood.