There are a few fantasy writers I love--Ursula LeGuin tops the list. Caleb Fox is now on the same list.
Zadayi Red was astonishing, thoughtful, suspenseful, wildly imaginative, and the writing style is pure magic. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be transported to a different world.
Now... Here I must comment on the review which gave the book one star and called it racist and boring. Any book that shows the power inherent in a belief system that respects the natural world, inside and out, does not portray racist feelings about those people. Quite the opposite. (Particularly considering the author is writing about those who came before his own Cherokee ancestors.)
I found that reviewer's racism statement offensive. Very. I checked that reviewers other reviews, wondering what she might like. Every book she read was given one star, so considering the source is apt.
(Harriet Klausner's review was right on, as they usually are.)
This book will work for young adults, urbanites who feel a tug of wonder as they enter a cave and imagine ages past, and many of us who are in the middle of that spectrum.
I am already looking forward to the next in this series by the new writer, Caleb Fox. (And I thank him for giving me a great and mind-opening read!)