I haven’t had a chance to talk about her on this blog yet, but Naomi Novik is one of my favorite authors and fandom personalities. She’s a founder of one of our favorite sites, the Archive of Our Own, and she’s also writing one of my favorite series, the Temeraire novels. So when I found out she’d written a new, standalone book, I leapt at the chance to read it. Uprooted, a story about a female magician fighting to save her kingdom, seemed like it would be right up my alley. And it was—well, kind of.
Minor spoilers to follow.