Drawing inspiration from Beauty and the Beast, the beast in Uprooted is a powerful magician, the heroine a super-powerful witch in her own right, and they are not only love interests, but equals in many ways! Agnieszka is a fantastically complex character who submits to no one and does her share of traditionally male assigned fairy-tale rescuing. Add in a strong sisterly friendship that carries through the narrative, an awesome female sword-forging POC, physicality that is consensual (and the stopping of it when it isn’t), and a villain who is magical, female, and entirely creepy, yet also a complicated character and you’ll get the feminist fantasy I didn’t know I was looking for!
Nearly every page passes the Bechdel test with flying colors. The Land of Princesses is a pink-and-purple, pony-infested wasteland where every girl is royalty, for all the good it does them. Meet Brigid, an underachiever sent off to a bottom-tier boarding school that “teaches the controversy” over science vs. sorcery. There she makes a few friends and a terrible enemy, an enemy so terrible that he can’t seem to stay away from his old school, and is thwarted by someone too young to have a driver’s license. That’s how terrible this enemy is. Thrill to a tale of swords & sorcery, dueling & delinquency, and napping & necromancy.