A few SPOILER comments: for gods who can't interfere in events, they interfere a lot. Kay has a very real connection to Tolkien--as Christopher Tolkien's assistant, Kay was invaluable in helping to wrestle Tolkien's posthumous The Silmarillion into shape for publication. Advertisement: The Five . Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It's been too long since I read a good fantasy novel (or novels, I guess). Like, dude, She-Ra did it better. sometimes you get to know people who seem automatically awkward, whose social style is stilted, composed of quotes from movies or off-putting attempts to be clever, insisting on repeating tired tales, who seem eager to please yet incapable of easy connection. (this book is Canadian, fyi, but you probably know that if you clicked the spoiler button.) This is one of those five star books that I've always been reluctant to actually review. With all the various situations occurring and escalating, Kay manages to keep the story moving forward in such a way that the excitement escalates. This was his first book, an homage to J.R.R. Buy The Wandering Fire (Fionavar Tapestry) New edition by Kay, Guy Gavriel (ISBN: 9780048233622) from Amazon's Book Store. Definitely not my favourite Guy Gavriel Kay, I could certainly tell it was one of his older books. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categorization when possible. It is very complex, there are many characters, and there is a LOT going on. If you were stalked by some dudes who claimed they're a mage and a dwarf who wanted to take you to their fantasy kingdom through a magic portal, would you receive their invitation immediately? I read this book as a middle schooler in Toronto, having no idea what I was in for. Seriously? Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. If yes, then this book might be suitable for you. An incredibly epic tale. Kay is a natural storyteller and he shows it in this tale. Then there is the eventual conversion where everyone from Earth talks like a Fionavarian. I've read other Kay (and loved it all), but for some reason I just kept putting this one off. A great, if not under-hyped, read. (It's definitely not a kid's book, but I'd almost rather my fictional progeny read this than Narnia.) i got real into it near the end so im glad i liked the ending! I confess that I teared up at several points throughout the tale - which is a rare occurrence for me. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. Five men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds. I will review the three books as one, because that is how I am reading them. For example, characters congratulating each other by saying, "Brightly woven." my absolute, hands down, favorite books of all time. In The Fionavar Tapestry, Guy Gavriel Kay has spun an epic composed of a variety of threads. 3.98 avg rating • (20,331 ratings by Goodreads) Softcover ISBN 10: 0586215220 ISBN 13: 9780586215227. If he's willing to waste his time like that, he doesn't seem so intimidating to me. I felt compelled to read the entire trilogy as a result, when I knew I should just stop after the first book. your own Pins on Pinterest this is a wonderful novel. In 2006, Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Fionavar Tapestry was reissued in the UK, gloriously adorned by Martin’s illustrations and I clearly remember picking up the first book and being enchanted by its beautiful cover. 5.0 stars. 55 editions. It's not that fantasy was better in those days; in fact, I'll bet any number of literary scholars would argue earlier works were more innovative and more recent ones more sophisticated and inclusive. While most of Kay's other novels are set in the same multiverse as the Fionavar tapestry, Ysabel (published in 2007) is an actual sequel. I do appreciate, though, that the leader of the CBS Orchestra for the Late Show with David Letterman is the Christ figure in this. Publisher: HarperVoyager, 2011. A grand and passionate homage to Tolkien, a lyrical tour de force of high fantasy. An incredibly epic tale. All I remember is that I didn't want to read young adult books, I wanted to read epic fantasies with interesting characters that were not available in "My" section of the bookstore. and they all completely lack one of the most important things, in my opinion, for a successful fantasy novel: a sense of, they're taking the hobbits to isengard-gard-gard-gard, The first thought I had when I read the description was, "Gawd, not again *groaning moaning*". My dad tried getting me to read this as far back as high school, but I generally hate it when real world characters are put in fantasy worlds. They change, just like that? [s], SOLVED. But like some of the best folk music, I cannot help but love when a familiar story is enriched by a new kind of telling- one that adds a different persp. In the first book, The Summer Tree, five college students from Toronto are carried over to Fionavar by a mage of Brennin for that country’s celebration of its monarch’s fiftieth year on the throne. Later, when the vengeful princess tries to assassinate the prince for her loss of honor, he ends up, (This will serve as my review of the entire Fionovar Tapestry- Spoiler pearl clutchers beware- there be dragons of plot and theme reveals here! Kay tells about things lost, the sacrifice that behooves us all of joy, but gives. Then there's the writing. From elves, dwarves, goblins and an all powerful evil one, this book uses everything Tolkien invented and more. The original part was noteworthy because, as he did in many novels since, the basic elements of his story ... Read full review. It's not that fantasy was better in those days; in fact, I'll bet any number of literary scholars would argue earlier works were more innovative and more recent ones more sophisticated and inclusive. At first glance, this trilogy seems to be nothing more than another Tolkien clone. None of these characters felt like real people to me; the students are pretty interchangeable (one’s a bit crankier! Five Canadian college students are transported to a magical kingdom, and all of them are pretty blasé about it. [So, the Satan character targeted Jennifer because destroying her is really important to destroying the universe? I don’t like that, to be totally honest. Fresh from reading most of Tolkien's work, and writing a gigantic essay on it too, I have a different perspective on Kay's work. The author's writing style, like Tolkien, is very poetic. Refresh and try again. The story is divided into 3 books: The Summer Tree; The Wandering Fire; The Darkest Road; It is also available in a collected edition. In the three novels that make up the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy collected in this omnibus edition (. Really didn't like the King Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere subplot--the fact that they were supposedly living this life over and over again w/o any ability to control their own destiny. by HarperCollins Publishers Canada, The Summer Tree / The Wandering Fire / The Darkest Road. The summer tree is just a … THE SUMMER TREE: The Fionavar Tapestry Book One. Most of the readers tend to dismiss this as a imitation of the great master, and to do so is not fair at all. We've been telling these kinds of stories as long as we've known how, and Kay draws on that fact by including strands from Tolkein foremost, but also the King Arthur stories, Greek mythology, Norse mythology, and so Wikipedia tells me though I did not know, Chinese literature. Welcome back. The Fionavar Tapestry: Genre: Fantasy novel: Publisher: McClelland & Stewart: Publication date. ), Summer Reading from Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors. This review is from my reread of this series in 2015/16. Many statements made by the main characters are simply groaners. Kay tells about things lost, the sacrifice that behooves us all of joy, but gives a beauty washed in tears of sorrow, of the things that never might be or rather could have been. [s], The Summer Tree -- May 2019 -- no spoilers, The Summer Tree -- May 2019 -- spoilers allowed, Fionavar Tapestry--The Summer Tree: Roll call and first impressions (NO SPOILERS! As a reader, I found myself drawn into the world of Fionavar and its struggles, in its people and their lives. Happily stripped of the awkward, stilted ‘real world’ situations and dialogue that occasionally marred the preceding novels, The Darkest Road takes place entirely in Fionavar and is all the stronger because of it. The concluding volume of Fionavar Tapestry is a perfect fantasy novel. I also like the characters and the interweaving of mythology (especially Celtic--the cauldron, the horn, etc.). So my parents bought the omnibus of these books for me, over 1000 pages of text, for $20 (it was Canada, over a decade ago). This is an epic slightly arthurian fantasy. Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. But like some of the best folk music, I cannot help but love when a familiar story is enriched by a new kind of telling- one that adds a different perspective. Browse Recommendations; Choice Awards; Genres; Giveaways; New Releases Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categoriz. The trilogy is a grand homage to J.R.R. There are so many things one could say that can be construed as negative. Good doesn't always triumph, and when it does it is laced with sorrow in this tale. Seriously? Lord Of The Rings? 1995 Undoubtedly the influence of Tolkien is palpable in the story, in regards to worldbuilding and some of the tropes, but, Kay's mythos has more depth, poignancy, and a tragic feeling that subdues Tolkien's bitterweet nostalgia. open/close all folders . How well does this book work as a standalone? Firstly, the characters in this tale are three dimensional with real feelings and conflicts. Written in some wild mix of omniscient and third person limited with more head hopping than a jackrabbit on the run it has moments where you get lost on who the POV belongs to. I'm of two minds with this work. Guy Gavriel Kay is just a good writer. The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1). Wow, I am in awe of the breadth and scope of this extraordinarily layered masterpiece. The first volume in Guy Gavriel Kay’s stunning fantasy masterwork. I’m sure there were previous books that didn’t get published, because you don’t become such a skilled writer without plenty of practice. This is the third of Guy Gavriel Kay’s novels I’ve read, but it was the first he wrote, and while there are some first-novel weaknesses apparent, there is also, as ever, an abiding depth and sureness of approach that is always compelling. This is intelligent High Fantasy at its best. 6.0 stars. Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction. If we used the spoiler tag on this page, it would look like swiss cheese, so read at your own risk. Here’s the thing that bothers me about it: you’ve got this guy who feels a lot of guilt, (like, torturous guilt) so he volunteers to commit suicide to save the universe, and it’s a really good idea. This is the kind of high fantasy that I can easily see re-reading, and rather wish I had come to earlier in life. Kay makes me realize that I feel that way because most authors assume that such real world characters would be overly credulous/idiotic/skeptical, though, and in fact the characterization here is one of the biggest strengths of the Fionavar books. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Every time I decided it was time to jump in, I'd read the blurb and decide to go with something else. It was a really good read and the closing of a large circle that gives me hope for the future. This is a great read-- a totally consuming fantasy novel with all the typical light against dark themes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Themes, characters, humour, pathos, romantic idealism, and stories out of earth’s history are interwoven to create a rich and diverse work of fantasy. Also, there’s something about her getting tortured that seemed really blunt. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categoriz. The story rates 5*. Good doesn’t always win; a win isn’t always. Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. THE WANDERING FIRE (FIONAVAR TAPESTRY #2) by Guy Gavriel Kay narrated by Simon Vance By cynthiasallyhaggard on May 27, 2020 In order to appreciate this volume, it is REALLY IMPORTANT to read (experience) the first volume first. He has a lot in common with Tolkien, really: the synthesis of a new mythology (though not done as history, and therefore lacking all the little authenticating details that Tolkien put in) using elements of an old one (though Kay used Celtic and Norse mythology, and goodness knows what else). Jun 27, 2019 - The Summer Tree book. Other editions - View all. This trilogy has taken over the TOP SPOT on my list of "heroic" fantasy trilogies, knocking the standard, LOTR, down to number two. Or, just because she’s pretty and he doesn’t have a grander concept for it? Colored eyes (multi-colored ones too), undefeatable swordsmen who vanquish a horde of enemies in seconds, altruistic characters who willingly go to their death for the Light, almost everyone is either totally evil or totally good, and so many more. Publisher: Voyager, 1992. ". It knits together everything from Arthurian legend to the old fantasy standby of the epic, across-the-ages battle between good and evil in richly detailed and breathtakingly moving way. 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