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Echoes of Understorey

Echoes of Understorey

A Titan's Forest novel

Titan's Forest (Volume 1)

Thoraiya Dyer

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In the quest fantasy Echoes of Understorey, part of Thoraiya Dyer's extraordinary Titan's Forest series, trees loom large as skyscrapers, mortals can be reborn as gods, and a young woman finds herself part of an adventure that is destined to become legend….

Great deeds are expected of Imeris.

She has trained endlessly to become an extraordinary fighter. Yet she wants more than to compete against the glories of her divine sister and the charms of her courtesan brother.

Imeris thought she could prove her worth during a mission to kill a body-snatching sorceress, but fails disastrously. With death on her conscience and in hiding from her peers, Imeris is determined to find a way to redeem herself.

What she doesn’t expect is to be recruited in a Hunt for the Ages, chasing a terrifying, magical beast that will take all her skills to stop.


“I am majorly impressed. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world!”—Tamora Pierce

“Everything you expect from a great epic–quests, fearless warriors, gods born again.”—Brian Staveley, author of Skullsworn

Reviews

Praise for Echoes of Understorey

Praise for Crossroads of Canopy in the Titan's Forest

“Readers will be delighted by Dyer’s polished prose and an exquisite new world of intricate mythology, rituals, and politics.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!”—Tamora Pierce

“A glorious botanical quest fantasy. Crossroads of Canopy is everything I hoped for of a Thoraiya Dyer novel — vivid worldbuilding, complex characters and an evil sense of humour. It’s rare to find an epic fantasy that’s so radically different to anything else out there, so treasure this book, grubs and all.” —Hugo and Ditmar Award-winning author Tansy Rayner Roberts

“For her striking first novel Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer reworks the stuff of epic fantasy in ways that seem organic, rooted in the natural world but just as true to human experience.” —Locus magazine

“Recommended for readers who appreciate nuanced world building, as both Canopy and Understorey are
strange, fleshed-out lands thrown into turmoil.”—Booklist

"Crossroads of Canopy has everything you expect from a great epic—quests, fearless warriors, gods born again—but all is transmuted, through the rich and vivid original setting, into something entirely new." —Brian Staveley, author of The Last Mortal Bond

“Dyer presents a rich, brutal, fascinating world and an unforgettable heroine.” —Ilana C. Myer, author of Last Song Before Night

“A remarkable debut. What a delight to read a fantasy so different from the mainstream and so beautifully realised.” —Juliet Marillier, winner of the Aurealis Award and the Alex Award

“A stunningly original debut fantasy set in a lush and deadly treetop realm, amidst the kingdoms of thirteen relentlessly reincarnated gods, where disobedience is punished by a draining of magic and nobody lives who falls.” —Cat Sparks, author of Lotus Blue

“Imaginative, original, inclusive – and fast-paced and exciting. Go get it and read it. Maybe twice.” —Pamela Freeman, author of The Castings Trilogy

"Dyer's writing seamlessly melds a lush and layered canopy setting and a complex magical culture to form a unique fantasy world, filled with memorable characters in constant jeopardy. Unar, a girl on the brink of womanhood, is at the heart of the tale. Feisty, opinionated, certain of her own destiny, she's a tough flawed heroine, one readers will not easily forget." —Glenda Larke, author of The Stormlord Trilogy and The Forsaken Lands Trilogy

"Dyer is a writer of immense talent. Her powerful, distinctive voice makes Crossroads of Canopy a fully immersive read, so well-written and believable it will have you checking to see if the realms of Canopy, Understorey and Floor really exist." —Kaaron Warren, author of Walking the Tree

“Thoraiya Dyer has woven a world of gods and magic, a merciless forest where the slightest misstep can send the unwary, the unworthy, or the simply unfortunate plunging to an unremarked doom. Guiding us through the heights of this remarkable place is a young woman, Unar. Scrappy, complex and surprisingly compassionate, she must fight to establish a place for herself among the trees. If Crossroads of Canopy explores the cost of caring, it also examines the even higher price of indifference. It is a riveting novel.” —A.M. Dellamonica, author of A Daughter of No Nation

"A wonderful, magical, poetic, tragic novel...a major achievement." —Jenny Blackford, World Fantasy Award judge, author of The Priestess and the Slave

"The book is quite marvelous. Tons of cultural richness. Complex and casually cruel...Thoraiya Dyer is the writer I most want to infect people with." —Anna Tambour, World Fantasy Award-shortlisted author of Crandolin

About the author

Thoraiya Dyer

THORAIYA DYER is a four-time Aurealis Award-winning, three-time Ditmar Award-winning Australian writer based in Sydney. Her stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, Analog, Redstone SF, Nature and Cosmos magazines, and anthologies, including War Stories, Long Hidden, and Cranky Ladies of History. Echoes of Understorey is her second book.

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