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Crossroads of canopy, Thoraiya Dyer

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Crossroads of canopy
Title
Crossroads of canopy
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Thoraiya Dyer
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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Award
Ditmar Award, 2018.
Review
  • When Unar’s parents decide to sell her as a slave, she flees to a Garden ruled by the goddess Audblayin, where Unar learns to use magic. When Audblayin dies, her soul is reincarnated, but the baby’s identity won’t be apparent until he or she reaches puberty. Although Unar’s friends are chosen to serve the new, unknown deity who replaces Audblayin, Unar is denied that prestigious position. Determined to be a bodyguard anyway, Unar trains on her own and searches for the newborn, a journey which takes her into other gods’ domains as well as to Understorey, where the people shun deities as well as slavery. There, confronting her past, Unar must decide whether or not to aid a rebellion to overthrow Canopy, her home. Dyer’s debut nicely balances lyrical descriptions with faster-paced action sequences. Defined by her ambition, Unar can be vengeful and entitled, but she learns some humility as her worldview becomes more complex. Recommended for readers who appreciate nuanced world building, as both Canopy and Understorey are strange, fleshed-out lands thrown into turmoil. -- Hyzy, Biz (Reviewed 12/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 8, p32)
  • /* Starred Review */ An ambitious young woman fiercely chases her destiny through an enormous, lush forest in Dyer’s superb, epic, and hypnotic debut, which launches the Titan’s Forest trilogy. In the great Forest, where the trees are “seven hundred people-lengths tall” and a single tree can house an entire city, 13 gods inhabit the upper Canopy, where the brown-skinned elite live luxurious lives in the sun and are protected by a magical barrier that keeps out the poor pale citizens of the lower darker Understory and Floor. In Canopy, Unar pledges herself to Audblayin, the goddess of birth and life. Unar feels in her heart that when the goddess dies, she will be reincarnated as male and therefore will require a female bodyguard, a position Unar is eager to fill. But after rescuing a slave who’s been sentenced to death, Unar must flee to Understory, where she witnesses the consequences of slavery, meets an angry little girl named Frog, learns humility from three supportive brothers, and is ensnared by a dangerous revolutionary, who enlists Unar’s powerful magic in her war to destroy the barrier and unite everyone into the so-called One Forest. Readers will be delighted by Dyer’s polished prose and an exquisite new world of intricate mythology, rituals, and politics. Agent: Evan Gregory, Ethan Ellenberg Literary. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/17/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 42, p)
  • In a debut novel, Dyer introduces an unusual fantasy world set in the different levels of a giant forest and plagued by social strife.Canopy is a great city that spreads across the top level of a giant forest. Divided into 13 kingdoms, each devoted to a different god or goddess whose soul is constantly reincarnated into a human body, the world of Canopy holds itself carefully separate from the realms on the forest's lower levels. The city basks in the abundance that comes with plentiful sunlight and shores up its power and wealth with the labor of slaves. Unar, an ambitious and fiercely determined teenager, escapes her parents' plan to sell her into slavery and becomes a Gardener serving in the Garden of the goddess Audblayin. When the goddess dies, Unar finds herself passed over for promotion to a new level of magical power and service. Adrift from what she assumes is her destiny, she sets out to find the new reincarnation of her goddess and stumbles on to uncomfortable realizations about Canopy and her own past. The world of Unar's story is complicated and sometimes difficult to visualize, afflicted with profuse but often haphazard detail. Careful descriptions of clothes and people and the various fantastical quirks of the forest feel like notes for worldbuilding that the story does not quite have the strength and momentum to knit together. Race seems to play an important role in the social hierarchy of Canopy, but the story hesitates to make a strong, or even clear, statement. It is unclear whether the Canopians hold themselves above the pale-skinned residents of the lower levels because of their race or simply because they have the privilege of cultivating tans. An epic fantasy that builds an intriguing setting but never quite comes into focus.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10541381
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YDXCP
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Dyer, Thoraiya
Dewey number
823/.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Titan's forest trilogy
Series volume
book one
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  • Magic
  • Forests and forestry
  • Social classes
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Goddesses
  • Gods
  • FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
  • Forests and forestry
  • Goddesses
  • Gods
  • Magic
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Social classes
Label
Crossroads of canopy, Thoraiya Dyer
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book"
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1738267
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9780765385925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765385925
  • (OCoLC)947145941
Label
Crossroads of canopy, Thoraiya Dyer
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book"
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1738267
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9780765385925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765385925
  • (OCoLC)947145941

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