The Fionavar Tapestry (2019)

The Fionavar Tapestry Guy Gavriel Kay The Fionavar Tapestry In the three novels that make up the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy collected in this omnibus edition The Summer Tree The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road five University of Toronto students find th
  • Title: The Fionavar Tapestry
  • Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • ISBN: 9780006479505
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
The Fionavar Tapestry Guy Gavriel Kay In the three novels that make up the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy collected in this omnibus edition The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road , five University of Toronto students find themselves transported to a magical land to do battle with the forces of evil At a Celtic conference, Kimberley, Kevin, Jennifer, Dave, and Paul meet wizard Loren Silvercloak.In the three novels that make up the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy collected in this omnibus edition The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road , five University of Toronto students find themselves transported to a magical land to do battle with the forces of evil At a Celtic conference, Kimberley, Kevin, Jennifer, Dave, and Paul meet wizard Loren Silvercloak Returning with him to the magical kingdom of Fionavar to attend a festival, they soon discover that they are being drawn into the conflict between the dark and the light as Unraveller Rakoth Maugrim breaks free of his mountain prison and threatens the continued existence of Fionavar They join mages, elves, dwarves, and the forces of the High King of Brennin to do battle with Maugrim, where Kay s imaginative powers as a world builder come to the fore He stunningly weaves Arthurian legends into the fluid mix of Celtic, Nordic, and Teutonic, creating a grand fantasy that sweeps readers into a heroic struggle that the author makes all the memorable because of the tributes he pays to past masters The trilogy is a grand homage to J.R.R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings, but while the echoes of Tolkien s masterwork are very real, the books offer the wonderful taste of a new fantasy writer cutting his teeth at the foot of a master 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 Kay is undoubtedly one of the Canadian masters of high fantasy, and The Fionavar Tapestry is one of his most enduring works Readers, however, should also check out Kay s Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al Rassan, and The Sarantine Mosaic to truly experience a master at work Jeffrey Canton
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  1. Stephen

    6.0 stars On my list of All Time Favorite novels This trilogy has taken over the TOP SPOT on my list of heroic fantasy trilogies, knocking the standard, LOTR, down to number two In fact, given how shicking that last statement may sound, I intend to re read LOTR in the not too distant future just to confirm for myself the accuracy of the above In many ways the plot of The Fionavar Trilogy follows the classic heroic fantasy script created by LOTR though, in my opinion, in such a way as to be wholl [...]

  2. Jackie

    Wow, I am in awe of the breadth and scope of this extraordinarily layered masterpiece.A true epic fantasy not to be missed.Often compared to LOTR and not in a bad way though, I must confess that as much as I loved LOTR, The Fionavar Tapestry far surpasses it on so many levels This is a case of the pupil exceeding the master Know that I do not say this lightly The Fionavar Tapestry now holds my 1 top spot of Best Epic Fantasy Trilogy of All Time A unique blend of Celtic mythology and Arthurian le [...]

  3. Ben Babcock

    This is one of those times where borrowing the omnibus edition from the library because it s easier to get all three books that way is a bad idea I felt compelled to read the entire trilogy as a result, when I knew I should just stop after the first book The Summer Tree was painful The Wandering Fire was brutal I blacked out sometime near the beginning of The Darkest Road, so I can only assume that it was slightly better than the first two but not enough to redeem the trilogy.In case you haven t [...]

  4. Mindy

    I will only rarely write a review, but for this I will I love books like treasured friends, so I prefer to accept the enjoyment they give me without analyzing them too closely I love all kinds of books, but the ones that hold the most special place in my heart are the kind where people struggle against a seemingly insurmountable evil and yet find a way through to the light.The Fionavar Tapestry is such a story It is told with such majesty and grace that any description I give here would fall so [...]

  5. Inkpot

    At first glance, this trilogy seems to be nothing than another Tolkien clone However, the author surpasses Tolkien on a number of points Firstly, the characters in this tale are three dimensional with real feelings and conflicts Secondly, the author s ability to make you feel alongside with the characters has touched me perhaps so than any other series I confess that I teared up at several points throughout the tale which is a rare occurrence for me The author s writing style, like Tolkien, is [...]

  6. Amanda

    The Fionavar Tapestry is among the dwindling numbers of portal fantasy stories I can t help but feel that if people read it, then this particular sub genre would make a roaring comeback beyond the realm of fanfiction Literary, expertly crafted mythology and worldbuilding, and that incredible Kay ability to create a host of beautiful characters have made for a series that may be as dear to me now as Lord of the Rings.University of Toronto students Kim, Kevin, Jennifer, Paul, and Dave all attend [...]

  7. Petra

    An incredibly epic tale Kay is a natural storyteller and he shows it in this tale There are so many facets to this story and Kay manages to balance them all and keep them active and interesting With all the various situations occurring and escalating, Kay manages to keep the story moving forward in such a way that the excitement escalates As a reader, I found myself drawn into the world of Fionavar and its struggles, in its people and their lives Good doesn t always win a win isn t always withou [...]

  8. Tim Hicks

    Folks, if you haven t read this trilogy, you can t say you ve covered the basics of high fantasy Level One contains Lord of the Rings, and this No, really Kay gets one star simply for daring He postulates an original world from which all others, including ours, are derived Then he populates it with about 80% of all the gods and magical characters that western literature has ever known And some elves and orcs and dwarves, because you have to have those Clumsily drop in five people from our world, [...]

  9. Joy

    This is a great read a totally consuming fantasy novel with all the typical light against dark themes The creativity in this book lies less in its newness but rather in its skilled borrowing and weaving Let s be straight here Kay knew how much he was borrowing from Tolkein and I think the matching arcs of the books were quite intentional 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 We [...]

  10. Margaret

    The Fionavar Tapestry was Guy Gavriel Kay s first venture into fantasy he got his start in the genre helping Christopher Tolkien edit his father s unfinished Silmarillion, and to an extent, that shows in The Fionavar Tapestry The story begins when five college students are invited by the mage Loren Silvercloak to journey to his world of Fionavar, the first of all worlds, of which all other worlds are but a shadow Fionavar has many echoes of Middle Earth there are elves the lios alfar , who are p [...]

  11. Dawn

    Left unfinished.I finished the first book, The Summer Tree under duress because it was a pick for my bookclub I was told it would get better It didn t.I started the second I cannot FORCE myself to read further I dread picking it up I rarely NOT finish a book, but I will not finish this It s excrutiating.I don t like any of the characters I don t care about the war I just can t get through it It s dry and dull The good news is I m sleeping better.Is Kaye a bad writer or is this just an anomaly

  12. Monica

    it was really interesting and the world building was incredible i got real into it near the end so im glad i liked the ending

  13. Bernita Harris

    The poignancy of several passages always makes me cry no matter how many times I re read this volume.

  14. Andrea McDowell

    I read this and really liked it in my early twenties I m rereading it now, and am far less impressed.Look, I love GG Kay He s a lovely person, a fellow Canadian he s doing something different and unique with his historical fantasy novels I own and have read most of his books But this trilogy is not good work.1 The continually overwrought language OK, I get it High fantasy It s got to be high falutin , and yes, it was his first book He s sounding like Tolkein But it grates on me Particularly in t [...]

  15. Michael Drakich

    There is a strange dichotomy to writing a review to this series There are so many things one could say that can be construed as negative The dialogue, for example Many statements made by the main characters are simply groaners Then there is the eventual conversion where everyone from Earth talks like a Fionavarian Seriously They change, just like that Another complaint will be how so much in this series is a complete rip off from older ones Lord Of The Rings From elves, dwarves, goblins and an a [...]

  16. Hannah Fergesen

    I read this book as a middle schooler in Toronto, having no idea what I was in for 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 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 It had a pretty dragon on the cover and couldn t be that bad, right This book is now incredibly well worn, with bent [...]

  17. Jayme

    This is an epic slightly arthurian fantasy There are three books that make up the Tapestry The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road Starting out at the University of Toronto, of all places, five acquaintances find themselves sucked into another world and an ancient story All the stories and people created in here are beautiful, I can t recommend this one enough to anyone who loves fantasy.It s my favourite fantasy book of all time, possibly my favourite book It beats even Lord o [...]

  18. Sheila

    Book 1 The Summer Tree reread finished 3 12 13 I really like the stilted, formal tone of this book it s almost Biblical, and it really suits this kind of epic myth I also like the characters and the interweaving of mythology especially Celtic the cauldron, the horn, etc I still don t like the ending 3.5 stars.Book 2 The Wandering Fire finished 5 9 13 Oh My God Amazing and heartbreaking 5 stars.Book 3 The Darkest Road finished 7 6 13 I had to take this home to finish I d been reading it during my [...]

  19. Ian Mathers

    It s been too long since I read a good fantasy novel or novels, I guess 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 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 It s really not doing anything too inno [...]

  20. Travis Cottreau

    Guy Gavriel Kay is just a good writer This was his first book, an homage to J.R.R Tolkien, but much better constructed in my mind, with well rounded, realistic characters and amazing writing, with a classical, well told story Kay has everything a good writer should have, with the integrity to write a series or novel in isolation without folding to publisher pressure to re use the stuff that s already been successful.While there is a feel of a common background, each of his stories is separate an [...]

  21. Robert Hudder

    Two of four big books that I intended to read this year Left is the Game of Thrones series and the Homer stuff This one reflects on the nature of fate It was a really good read and the closing of a large circle that gives me hope for the future.As hokey as it is, I first found out about this book in high school It is one of three books series that I wish I had finished then I bought a copy when a book store was going out of sale a long time ago Now it is done Sometimes you read the right book at [...]

  22. Amanda

    Normally I don t go for real world fantasy world cross overs, but this is a special set of books Tapestry is the right word this is an intricate and ultimately beautiful story 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 wayI love GGK s writing style There s a rich, lyrical quality to his prose that is beautiful and affecting This set of stories is no exception. [...]

  23. Ted Hopkins

    A disappointment after reading Ysabel, but then this was Kay s first book The transitions from contemporary Toronto to Fionavar are awkward and less than believable Arthurian inclusions are messy and contribute only weakly to plot development Though predictable, the plot holds a certain intrigue that meant that I did pick the book up again each time I put it down and thus read it to the end.

  24. Jackie Harlow

    I have been meaning to read this book for over 20 years I have no idea why I waited so long It was definitely worth the wait I was actually tempted to re read it immediately after finishing it It is everything I love in a fantasy novel huge epic storyline, complex characters, humour, parts where you actually get angry at the novel, etc.The next time I see a book I really want to read I won t wait 20 years to do so.

  25. Melanie

    my absolute, hands down, favorite books of all time period i recommend them to everyone, always, and i re read them once every year or so they are fantastically written, the story is amazing, and the characters touch you and get into your soul if you haven t read them, there s nothing else i can say but GO READ NOW.

  26. Amber

    Oh my God this book was SO GOOD It s been a long time since I ve picked up a book so compelling I loved the characters, the plots, and the world Even with a couple of things that I didn t think made total sense, I found it an amazing read Not to mention it actually made me tear up at the end which only two other books have ever done Very well done

  27. Peter Levi

    A solid fantasy trilogy, although I think it works better for younger casual readers A few SPOILER comments for gods who can t interfere in events, they interfere a lot There s a great deal of weeping and melodrama We also have the classic moment of the villain revealing their weakness It s inferior to Kay s later work, but worth reading nonetheless.

  28. Cdelory

    Really a 3.5 Satisfying for fantasy readers Liked the use of the weaver as a creator and associated language For example, characters congratulating each other by saying, Brightly woven 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 Irked me.

  29. Lori

    I really enjoyed the blend of real world and fantasy world is there a difference really My first introduction to Kay s style of multiple plot lines all coming together at the end Great read will definitely be reading this again again again.

  30. M.B. Mulhall

    while high fantasy is not normally my thing, this is one of the best series I have ever read The character development is some complex you ll come to love them allwhich is good and bad It s also filled with Arthurian legend which was really interesting I couldn t put them down Great trilogy

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