Book Review – Uprooted by Naomi Novik


Overall review:2 Stars (2 / 5)

First off, I want to go on record and say that I have been a fan of Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series for years. I have loved the humor and creativity she brought to something that at first blush seemed to be a mashup that would never, ever work (i.e. Dragons in the Napoleonic wars). But she did a beautiful job with most of the Temeraire books, and they have been a reliable standby in the books I like to reread and listen to on Audible.

However, as much as I have loved Novik over the years, the last three books I have found to be less entertaining and less well developed than her first books. It seems that Novik, like so many other best selling authors,  has begun to rest on her laurels. Since her works seems to sell itself these days, it doesn’t seem like either she or her editor is working as hard as they did on the first books.

Which brings me to Uprooted.

I read Uprooted and was completely disappointed, especially when I know how skillful a storyteller Novik is. I understand her need to tell a story based on a Polish fables that she heard as a child, this in itself is a good idea and laudable. However, the book itself was just rather a dull, boring, predictable hodgepodge, with only a couple of interesting twists that made it worth reading (barely).

I have no idea how it became a finalist for a Hugo Award, and the fact that it won a Nebula Award is even more puzzling (and troubling).

Story Line:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Characterization:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Readability:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Writing Craft:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Cover Art:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Worldbuilding:2 Stars (2 / 5)