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Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer
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it was amazing
bookshelves: nook, fantasy, feminist-af

I really loved this book. The prose, the worldbuilding, the mythology, all of it is simply gorgeous, but I most love Unar and the organic feminism.

Unar is stubborn. She's (sometimes foolishly) confident, and desperate to learn. In every situation, her first thoughts aren't despair or anger, but "So this is happening. How can I make it work for me?" Her adaptability saves her where others would fail, and when her worldview is shaken, she incorporates the nuances and complexities instead of fighting or ignoring them. I was as hungry to read about her adventure as she was to experience it.

Then there's the sociology of the forest, the literal barrier between the haves and have-nots, slavery and its inversion, old gods vs new, and the feminism that feels so right. Main character, main goddess, villain, and most supporting characters are women. Yeah, the dudes were just as capable, they weren't juxtaposed as "weaker" or enslaved to get the point across, it was just a really great story about ladies. My cynical side thinks this combination of subtle and obvious feminism is why some people didn't like the book, especially when guys write reviews about how "boring" it is, for this teenage girl to choose helping older female slaves instead of hanging out with her male love interest.

I highly recommend this book, especially to readers of fantasy. As I said in one of my updates, it feels like a mythology I knew but had forgotten, and didn't realize I missed until I read it.
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Reading Progress

January 5, 2017 – Shelved
January 5, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
February 9, 2017 – Started Reading
February 9, 2017 – Shelved as: nook
February 16, 2017 –
6.0% "Just started, but I'm totally intrigued by its combo of forest-elf-sociology meets The Wicked + The Divine."
February 19, 2017 –
38.0% "Totally hooked. IDK what book the low-starred reviewers were reading, the worldbuilding is epic and complete, descriptions are lush and poetic and absolutely not "vague" or "confusing" as some people said. It feels like a mythology that I always knew but forgot and missed. Not finished reading yet but it's like these bad reviews are for a totally different book."
February 22, 2017 – Finished Reading
August 7, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 7, 2019 – Shelved as: feminist-af

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