SFF

The Canopy Keepers

47North: Amazon Mar. 2024. 366p. ISBN 9781662503801. pap. $16.99. FANTASY
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This modern fantasy focuses on real ecological problems and the beauty of nature. Syrah has felt a connection to Sequoia National Park for all of her life. It was her favorite place to be as a child—even after the tragic fire there that killed both her parents and older brother. As an adult, Syrah wants to do what she can to save the forest and joins the park’s firefighting unit as their first woman chief, despite pushback from members of her new team. After a brutal and devastating loss in the forest, Syrah is taken into the world “behind the veil” by Keepers, who protect the giant trees. Frightened at first, Syrah opens up and learns more about the world between nature and humanity. She must take her empathy and compassion for the forest and its people and try to convince the Keepers to care for humanity—before the two worlds collide with devastating results.
VERDICT Henry’s (The Foreign Exchange) near-future fantasy world is interesting and beautiful, with lush descriptions of the forest and the fantastical world hidden within.
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