Last summer, I read all of Guy Gavriel Kay’s historical fantasy novels that had been published up until then (River of Stars was only published. Praise. Praise for The Fionovar Tapestry “Kay has delivered such a magnificent volume that I can’t praise it enough. The Fionavar Tapestry is a work that will. Five men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds. They have been called the [ ].

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I’ve read other Kay and loved it alltere for some reason I just kept putting this one off. I was burned out, and am not much better now.

Another hint that he’s doing quite well is that this is at least my fourth reread of this trilogy, though I could well have read it more than that. Right off the bat, I noticed that this was taking an old trick that so much Fantasy and much SF seems almost “Required”, coming from the late seventies and eighties.

I’m sure it possesses a certain charm and that maybe the series turns fionsvar a compelling read in the later books. Once the story settles into Fionavar, and once you accept that, plausible or not, the protagonists have settled into Fionavar, Kay’s enthusiasm for his world shines through on every level. View all 34 comments. Something big does happen, but it’s more of a prelude to the rest of the novels.

Summer Tree, The: Book One of the Fionavar Tapestry : Guy Gavriel Kay :

I was, in short, as miserable as only a heartbroken year-old girl can be. However, Dave has second thoughts in the midst of Loren’s transferral process; he attempts to pull free, breaking his contact with the others, and so although the remaining four arrive safely in Brennin, Dave is nowhere to be seen. Ceinwen takes a fancy to Dave; not only does she transport them safely to the other edge of the wood, she also makes sure that Dave finds Owein’s Horn. Apr 01, Pages.

How Earth Mother of you Guy. I can’t imagine Kay’s characters speaking in any other way. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And xummer is Kay’s greatest talent.

Books by Guy Gavriel Kay. The trees of the Wood bear a centuries-long grudge over the death of Lisen, their beautiful forest spirit who bound herself as source to Amairgen, the First Mage, and who killed herself when he died. But it’s this book I think of, a year, five years, ten years after reading it. Very quickly, the book became as much about Fionavar, as it was about the five.


The Fionavar Tapestry Book 1: The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay

It is a book that makes one proud to be working in the same genre as its author. Every fantasy fan should read Guy Gavriel Kay. Looking for More Great Reads? Who will guard the living when the dead arise?

The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay

I’ve had several recommendations of Kay’s work over the years from various people, usually very much of the sort of thing said in these reviews, “It’s good solid fantasy” etc, so while I certainly wasn’t against reading it, it wasn’t exactly far up on my list either.

Kay uses it without referring explicitly to prophecies, and the effect is subtler. The characters are a bit stereotypical in the way they act and their personalities. Kay’s writing style also has to be praised for its poetry, rhythm and realism. Now, since I am affected, I am going to assume that this view spoiler [rape hide spoiler ] scene has a fionavaf that will be utterly mind blowing Unable to add 2nd copy of owned book 2 fionavr Jun 06, Anyway, this book is not about C.

Then, if I still managed to somehow make it to the other world, I’d kick the crazy man’s ass thinking that they somehow managed to drug me. But nothing ever really lasts forever, not war Then you can show me the epic battle and expect me to care about everyone involved.

Every year at an exclusive private summed school in New York state, the graduating students uphold an old tradition — they must swear an oath of secrecy and leave b Apr 01, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Paul Schafer plays a chess game with the High King and learns about the price of power, and embarks on his solitary journey toward the Summer Tree, where he receives his ultimate test of endurance.

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This site uses cookies. Mar 25, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite the fact that the Toronto scenes were weak for me, and my general feelings about portal fantasies, this is what made me warm to the framing device of traversal from our world to Fionavar.


This is done unevenly fionavat some members of the Five get more attention than others. The Fionavar Tapestry is a work that will be read for many years to come.

I haven’t even touched the epic quests, star crossed love, or magical battles.

What didn’t help with this plot was also the fact that Kay was so casual about it, almost off hand indeed one of his main characters spends his first night in Fionavar in a lady’s company, and yet we only find out as much in passing. The mythological background of the Fionavar Tapestry is immense — I think the books can come across quite Tolkienian at times, and I have no doubt that Kay’s work on The Silmarillion must’ve influenced that feel, but I think that the trilogy also comes across as a genuine epic in the same vein as The Lord of the Rings because it draws on so many of the same primary sources simmer inspired Tolkien.

There weren’t any glowing light shows or epic battles, save for a few economical scenes that were positively Spartan or even Hemingway in their brevity, and I might have taken umbrage at that, because I like exciting scenes, but they were written pretty and evocative, trfe short, and they were good enough that I couldn’t help being extremely impressed. It remained shiny in my memory, musical and strong enou Nostalgia read, sparked ffionavar a bookclub desire to read the series.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kevin, Paul, Kim, Jennifer and Dave are all extremely believable characters, indeed Kay is careful even before we get into the fantasy world to make certain that we know something of the background of each of them and where they come from.

I’d argued with my family trse the breakup. Other books in the series.