Crossroads of Canopy

Crossroads of Canopy

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At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy's position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation's opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy's splendor. Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents' plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin's next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves. When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory --- at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance...or grant it by destroying the home she loves.
Publisher: New York : TOR, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765385925
Branch Call Number: F DYE
Characteristics: 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Sep 03, 2018

I gave this book 4.5 stars. I agree with some other reviewers about the smugness and superiority feelings of the protagonist, but I thought that her growth through the book was worth putting up with the little snot for the journey.

The world building was peerless. It was hard to keep the different gods straight but it is quite a pantheon that's been created.

I will be glad to read the next in the trilogy.

Apr 14, 2018

I was looking forward to this book because I think sylvan cities are neat and am relatively interested in fantasy Pantheons.

Unfortunately, by 25% in, I thought our protagonist was a smug, self-righteous, petulant jackass with a massive superiority complex. She was also lusting after another character in a way that I categorized as "teenlit". (Nothing against books for teens, but it wasn't what I was looking for.)

I took that opportunity to read some reviews and found that others who had my same issues generally didn't think they improved. I'm not interested in continuing a book where I'm constantly backsassing the heroine. DNF.

I've rated this 2 stars because I still think the setting is interesting. I'd be interested in reading a different character's life in this world.

Jul 19, 2017

Lovely to read a fantasy novel that is entirely fresh, with new concepts and world-building. There are no dragons, elves, bearded short men with axes, etc, etc, etc.. The author has not only imagined new concepts but done a brilliant job of establishing a very solid, deeply realized universe. The rules, though different, make sense, and lives of the inhabitants of the Canopy feel real, gritty, and fully grounded. Excellent read, I look forward to more of this author.


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