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The Hanging Tree, by Ben Aaronovich (Book #6 of Peter Grant/Rivers of London series). I hate comedy films. I never watch them. They never make me laugh. This series always makes me laugh, and though I've just started this one, it's no exception. Aside from the comedy, there's acute characterisation, fast paced crime-solving, an intriguing through-story and all the colours, sounds and smells of a lovingly treated setting, whether looking at London, its mythological underbelly or sneaking away for the rural delights of Herefordshire. Right before Aaronovich...[read on]About Crossroads of Canopy, from the publisher:
The highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living godsVisit Thoraiya Dyer's website.
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.
Writers Read: Thoraiya Dyer.