Yes, it's my yearly Christmas book wishlist countdown! What better way to spend the next few weeks before Christmas than by sharing some of the books that made it onto my wishlist (and maybe helping some of you guys add to your lists...?)
First up is:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
From Goodreads:I've been seeing so many positive reviews for this adult fantasy read, right across the board. It's been a while since I've been swept up in an epic fantasy, so I'm hoping this will be the one. Plus, that cover!
"'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."
What books are you hoping to find under the tree this year? Feel free to let me know in the comments or leave a link to your own blog post!