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The Canopy Keepers

Veronica G. Henry



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01 March 2024
What happens when nature will no longer stand by and accept its destruction? A female fire chief discovers an ancient world rooted with secrets that can save—or destroy—in the newest fantasy by Veronica G. Henry, author of Bacchanal.

Beneath the forest floor, they watch…

Syrah Carthan doesn’t know why she accepted a job as the first female fire chief at Sequoia National Park, where, decades earlier, a forest fire killed her parents. That day, her brother, Romelo, disappeared, as if pulled into the scorched earth itself. Syrah has always had an uncanny affinity for the natural wonders of the park she protects, but after she sanctions a prescribed burn that goes terribly wrong, she quits her position in disgrace.

However, when another devastating wildfire breaks out, Syrah, reluctantly pulled back into action, discovers an unknown world that has existed underground since the beginning of time. This secret society, built around the forest’s complex root system, is now divided into two factions. One is ruled by the Keeper, the giant sequoias’ benevolent caretaker. The other by a mysterious undoer, who’s determined to wage war on humanity. Through him, nature can retaliate and wipe out the earth’s careless ravagers for good.

Torn between human loyalty and preserving the delicate balance of nature, Syrah must make a choice—one that will change both her destiny and that of the world above and below forever.

Imprint:   47North
Country of Publication:   United States
ISBN:   9781662503801
ISBN 10:   1662503806
Series:   The Scorched Earth
Pages:   366
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Veronica G. Henry is the author of Bacchanal and, in the Mambo Reina series, The Quarter Storm and The Foreign Exchange. Her work has debuted at #1 on multiple Amazon bestseller charts and was short-listed for the Manly Wade Wellman Award and chosen as an Amazon editors’ pick for Best African American Fantasy. She is a Viable Paradise alum and a member of SFWA and the MWA. Her stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and FIYAH literary magazine. For more information, visit

Reviews for The Canopy Keepers

“Henry digs in to themes of family, environmentalism, and the connection between humans and the natural world…” —Publishers Weekly “Henry’s near-future fantasy world is interesting and beautiful, with lush descriptions of the forest and the fantastical world hidden within.” —Library Journal “Henry adeptly navigates the communication struggles among families and the destructive forces of climate change in this thrilling fantasy.” —Booklist “Perfectly balanced between the fantastical and sharp reality, The Canopy Keepers is a genre-defying work as prescient as it is brilliant. Henry has written yet another extraordinary novel everyone should be reading.” —Cadwell Turnbull, award-winning author of No Gods, No Monsters “A gripping, compelling story with themes of great significance to us all.” —Shiv Ramdas

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