Author: Naomi Novik
Date of Publication: May 19th, 2015
“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.
It took me a long time to start reading this book. I had seen all the five star ratings, and I finally gave in hoping for something amazing. Well it was not amazing, but I liked it for the most part.
When The Dragon comes and takes Agnieszka to his tower to stay for ten years is the part that I liked the most. At first I hated The Dragon, he was rude and harsh, but then he grew on me, so when he was gone most of the second half of the book, I was disappointed. I was actually hoping for a little more romance in this one.
The writing was great, and Naomi’s descriptions were so good. A lot of the time the world building isn’t there in fantasy books, but there was no problem with that here at all.
Some of the book when it hit halfway just got a little too weird for me, and I wasn’t quite sure what was going on with a lot of it. I found myself bored but not to the point where I wanted to quit reading but still bored. Overall this was just an okay read for me.
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