NEW ACQUISITION - NAOMI NOVIK'S NEW FANTASY NOVEL TO TOR UK

30 October 2014

By Julie Crisp

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With the news just a few weeks' ago of the hugely exciting acqusition of The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks I vowed that was my lot for buying books, at least until next year. But then Naomi Novik's new fantasy Uprooted landed in my in-tray and all my good intentions went straight of the window.

naomi-novik_1I've been a huge fan of Naomi Novik's since Adrian Tchaikovsky told me I absolutely had to read the Temerarie series. As an editor, with so many submissions, you get very little time for actual pleasure reading - but I quickly became engrossed in Naomi's imaginative, original and addictive novels. Her new novel is a departure from the Temeraire series but with all her trade-mark originality, vivid writing and strong characters. Uprooted introduces a bold new world (and heroine) rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale. I LOVE it and I hope you will too.

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.

The novel has already, unsurprisingly, garnred huge amounts of praise:

'Uprooted by Naomi Novik is enchanting, in every sense of that fine old word.  A charming and inviting story that looks unflinchingly at the strangling roots of hurt and revenge' — Robin Hobb, bestselling author of Fool’s Assassin

'Magical and practical, otherworldly and planted in the real, I could NOT stop reading this book and neither will you!' — Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen

'Uprooted has everything I love: a great heroine, new takes on old myths and legends, and surprising twists and turns. A delight' — Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series

'Wild, thrilling and deeply, darkly magical. An instant classic' — Lev Grossman, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians Trilogy

'Every so often you come upon a story that seems like a lost tale of Grimm newly come to light. Uprooted is such a novel. Its narrative spell is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching' — Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

'The magic in Uprooted, with its realistic moral dimension, is so vividly believable that it almost seems you could work the spells. But the book will do that for you' — Ursula K. Le Guin, award winning and bestselling author of the Earthsea series

“The most darkly compelling fantasy I've read in ages, Uprooted is overflowing with profound dread and real beauty, and boasts a heroine who blazes with spirit and originality.  Not to be missed!” — Christopher Golden, #1 New York Times bestselling author

'Naomi Novik's Uprooted is a marvelous fantasy reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle and vastly superior to The Hobbit.  Her characters, setting, and the magic they use are all brilliant.  I devoured the book in one reading.  Well done!  I want more!' — Todd McCaffrey, New York Times bestselling author of Sky Dragons

You can read the press release here:

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For immediate release, Thursday 30 October 2014

Pan Macmillan to publish new Naomi Novik novel

Editorial Director Julie Crisp has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Uprooted  by Naomi Novik, the author of the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series.  

Julie Crisp said of the deal: ‘I have been a huge fan of Naomi’s since reading the first novel in her thrilling Temeraire series. When I read her fantasy Uprooted I was absolutely blown away by the beautifully-written and richly-imagined world - it is in every way an enchanting read.’

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.

Uprooted has already garnered praise from bestselling authors including Robin Hobb, Cassandra Clare, Gregory Maquire and Ursula K. Le Guin and Lev Grossman.

NAOMI NOVIK is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?
 
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
 
She lives in New York City with husband and Hard Case Crime founder Charles Ardai and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.

Pan Macmillan will publish in July 2015. 

For more information please contact Sam Eades at Pan Macmillan.

About Pan Macmillan

Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Macmillan Children's Books, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of the Macmillan Publishing Group which operates in over 70 countries.

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