to be read
by Naomi Novik
5 of 5 stars
My friend Erin recommended this book to me and I’m so glad she did – this is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve ever read! I loved every page, so thank you Erin! This book is essentially flawless.
Agnieszka and Kasia knew their entire lives that their village’s protective wizard, the Dragon, would choose Kasia–beautiful, brave, perfect Kasia–to be his servant in the tower for ten years, and after that they would never see each other again. But when the choosing day comes, the Dragon doesn’t choose Kasia, and it’s a whirlwind of dark magic and darker adventures for the rest of the story.
The way magic works in this world is a wonderful mix of carefully ordered chants and wildly unmeasured instincts, and Agnieszka’s unwilling tutelage under the Dragon is funny and entertaining. It’s a vivid picture of an architect trying…
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