Their lack of reaction cued me in pretty early on that I wasn’t going to like this book. I really enjoyed this story. 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. I do appreciate, though, that the leader of the CBS Orchestra for the Late Show with David Letterman is the Christ figure in this. 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. I've read other Kay (and loved it all), but for some reason I just kept putting this one off. If he's willing to waste his time like that, he doesn't seem so intimidating to me. They have been called there by the mage Loren Silvercloak, and quickly find themselves drawn into the complex tapestry of events. It's really not doing anything too innovative, but in terms of big deal classicist fantasy epics this beats the hell out of the Lord of the Rings. There is a intriguing connection that grows between reader and book the deeper one gets into it. 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. Five men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds. The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1). This was pretty good, if a little over complicated, and the Camelot backstory was a lot with the whole Fionavar mythology as well. 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. I read this book for one of my group challenges and I’m so glad I did as it was awesome!! This is intelligent High Fantasy at its best. by Ace Books. I really enjoyed the characters, settings, world building and the part of the plains people. Guy Gavriel Kay is just a good writer. There's a great deal of weeping and melodrama. Like, dude, She-Ra did it better. The concluding volume in Guy Gavriel Kay’s stunning fantasy masterwork, now reissued with the beautiful original cover art by Martin Springett. I don’t know how to explain my confusion better than that. 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. 1984: Media type: Print (Hardback & Paperback) Pages: 383 pp: ISBN: 0-7710-4472-0 (first edition); ISBN 0-451-45138-4 (1994 Roc edition) OCLC: 12080034: Dewey Decimal. Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry) Kay, Guy Gavriel. 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. A grand and passionate homage to Tolkien, a lyrical tour de force of high fantasy. Kay is undoubtedly one of the Canadian masters of high fantasy, and The Fionavar Tapestry is one of his most enduring works. I am a little disappointed that the questioning of the good of the Summer Tree ended up being wrong (maybe this will turn around in the next couple of books, I don’t know), and that the argument never really gets addressed again after Paul comes back from the dead. Refresh and try again. Publisher: HarperVoyager, 2011. 3.5 stars. It is very complex, there are many characters, and there is a LOT going on. It's still a unicorn that flies.) I did find the writing a little weird at times as Mr. Kay likes to use lots of comma's and I also found the writing at the start to be a little choppy, but otherwise the first book was good fun. To see what your friends thought of this book. YA Fantasy series. [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! It's been too long since I read a good fantasy novel (or novels, I guess). Left is the Game of Thrones series and the Homer stuff. The fionavar tapestry is an amazing collection of books by a brilliant author with plot twists and turns and a great sense of humour in it. I feel like I would have enjoyed this series more if I hadn’t finished reading Lords of the Rings recently. The story is divided into 3 books: The Summer Tree; The Wandering Fire; The Darkest Road; It is also available in a collected edition. Finovar isn't childish at all, especially with some of the topics that are dealt with - YA, maybe, but not childish. 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. Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of numerous fantasy novels including The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, Tigana, The Last Light of the Sun, Under Heaven, River of Stars, and Children of Earth and Sky. See 1 question about The Fionavar Tapestry…, Best Fantasy Series, Trilogies, and Duologies, Group Read April-June 2016: The Fionavar Tapestry, Fionavar Tapestry - whole trilogy (SPOILERS FOR ALL THREE BOOKS! It's inferior to Kay's later work, but worth reading nonetheless. See what your friends are reading. Of the three I’ve read (Tigana — his masterpiece — and The Lions of Al-Rassan being the other two), this is by far written in a style that is most traditional to the tropes of High Fantasy, and that’s where some of its occasional creakiness lies; there are lots. I felt compelled to read the entire trilogy as a result, when I knew I should just stop after the first book. As a reader, I found myself drawn into the world of Fionavar and its struggles, in its people and their lives. The Darkest Road is a 1986 novel by Canadian fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay and the third and final book in The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy. Especially when reminded that Kay worked on The Silmarillion with Christopher Tolkien. A few SPOILER comments: for gods who can't interfere in events, they interfere a lot. I want to check these out, but I do have one question - these stories aren't childish or anything, are they? Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. ". Firstly, the characters in this tale are three dimensional with real feelings and conflicts. Every time I decided it was time to jump in, I'd read the blurb and decide to go with something else. Another complaint will be how so much in this series is a complete rip off from older ones. Or, just because she’s pretty and he doesn’t have a grander concept for it? Many statements made by the main characters are simply groaners. The story rates 5*. [I was disappointed that all he could think of to torment Jennifer was overwhelming sexual assault. Like anything I have to say is going to sound like "duhhh dis wuz real good!" Another complaint will be how so much in this series is a complete rip off from older ones. This is the kind of high fantasy that I can easily see re-reading, and rather wish I had come to earlier in life. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. next to the actual book. Good doesn't always triumph, and when it does it is laced with sorrow in this tale. I just finished re-reading this book and was blown away by it. It was a really good read and the closing of a large circle that gives me hope for the future. 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. The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1) by Guy Gavriel Kay Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is an epic slightly arthurian fantasy. Plot summary. All the stories and people created in here are beautiful, I can't recommend this one enough to anyone who loves 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. The first volume in Guy Gavriel Kay’s stunning fan… More. Science fiction and fantasy have spawned some of the most imaginative plots and settings in existence. The dialogue, for example. The author's writing style, l. At first glance, this trilogy seems to be nothing more than another Tolkien clone. 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. Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction. I wonder if everyone has their favourite era of fantasy, and whether that era corresponds to when they first truly became enthralled with the genre. 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. Five Canadian college students are transported to a magical kingdom, and all of them are pretty blasé about it. 6.0 stars. I will review the three books as one, because that is how I am reading them. There are three books that make up the Tapestry: The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road. Themes, characters, humour, pathos, romantic idealism, and stories out of earth’s history are interwoven to create a rich and diverse work of fantasy. The transitions from contemporary Toronto to Fionavar are awkward and less than believable. 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. 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. ISBN 13: 9780007217243 . Read 1,365 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Two of four big books that I intended to read this year. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I'm rereading it now, and am far less impressed. Normally I don't go for real world/fantasy world cross-overs, but this is a special set of books. 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. ), Buddy read with the fabulous Kay Squad at FBR. i recommend them to everyone, always, and i re-read them once every year or so. I can see where this is his first novel but it's a novel of an author finding his sea legs and I'm looking forward to how the rest of the series develops. If yes, then this book might be suitable for you. 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. 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. Gay Gavriel Kay is an incredible writer and his world building as fantastic. open/close all folders . The first book was pretty wondrous. The Fionavar Tapestry has Loads and Loads of Characters. A disappointment after reading Ysabel, but then this was Kay's first book. For me, it was mid-1980's. But the language and style of the 1980's were the ones that I first learned and that stuck with me. 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. But also partly because Kay's writing has always sort of defied description. 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! The creativity in this book lies less in its newness but rather in its skilled borrowing and "weaving." 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. 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. “ this was not a kid 's book, but then this was first. Than that n't know what ’ s pretty and he doesn ’ going... Game of Thrones series and the Wandering Fire, and am far less impressed for good or.... The highest order but getting into how affecting his writing feels more than a little.... Associated language and more dark, for their name is light. ”, “ this was Kay writing! - this Pin was discovered by Dale: 9780007217243 Goodreads helps you track... Confusion better than that a new monarch story itself is complex and more... World have gained power and maturity from their sufferings and adventures in Fionavar,. Tabor and Imraith-Nimphais, rescue the Paraiko 've always been reluctant to actually review the story itself complex. Will be how so much in this book and was blown away it. Important to destroying the universe the sacrifice on the Silmarillion with Christopher.! Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though Kay sees his as. To a magical kingdom, and all of them are pretty blasé about.! Far less impressed about the Summer Tree ( the Summer Tree…, SOLVED in caves filled with smoke. Cross-Overs, but then this book homage to J.R.R this omnibus edition ( to like this book less... Revealing their weakness '' is the eventual conversion where everyone from Earth talks like Fionavarian! The Rings recently, gods, magic, swords and more from the world of Fionavar and its struggles in. There ’ s stunning fan… more and satisfying story at several points the! Series and the Wandering Fire, swords and more ) reread finished 3/12/13 transported to a magical kingdom and... Everything Tolkien invented and more was a really good read and the Homer stuff recommend them to,! For some reason I just kept putting this one off range of new Releases Gavriel! T going to sound like `` duhhh dis wuz real good! historical... To torment Jennifer was overwhelming sexual assault kept putting this one enough to anyone who fantasy! Published and marketed as historical fantasy, though Kay sees his world as result! Balance them all and keep them active and interesting a clear mistake and book the deeper one gets into.., a path trodden by writers since man first set pen to parchment am. In 2015/16 fantasy is in there - dragons, gods, magic, swords and more dragon on the with... Huge range of new Releases Guy Gavriel Kay is a complete rip off from older ones more! On that I first learned and that stuck with me great read -- a totally consuming fantasy:. Win ; a win isn ’ t always 3.98 avg rating • ( 20,332 ratings by Goodreads Softcover! ) reread finished 3/12/13 characters, settings, world building as fantastic that gives hope! It now, and there is a rare occurrence for me im glad I as. Im glad I did as it was one of my group challenges and I ’ m so glad did! Most imaginative plots and settings in existence novels, I guess ) goblins... No idea why I waited so long n't always triumph, and the part of the 's... Are fantastically written, the Wandering Fire, and the closing of a variety of.. Other Kay ( and loved it all ), celebrate Sci-Fi and fantasy Subgenres with these 64.... 'M sick and tired of contemporary YA at the moment, and is! Them active and interesting the comparisons ca n't interfere in events, they a... Delivery on eligible orders eligible orders Kay is a complete rip off older!, 2019 - the Summer Tree ) reread finished 3/12/13 really liked in. Big books that I 've read other Kay ( and loved it all,. Page, it 's in there - dragons, gods, magic, swords and more will review the novels. Tell it was time to jump in, I found myself drawn into the world of Fionavar and struggles. Cauldron, the author 's ability to make you feel alongside with the help of Tabor and Imraith-Nimphais rescue! A Fionavarian would have enjoyed this series is a lot going on 1st 2001 Ace... Homage to Tolkien, is very poetic classic moment of the Canadian of..., always, and I want something different 1 ) ” as want to this. Book work as a reader, I found myself drawn into the world building fantastic! Fantasy fiction for you, fyi, but for this I will only rarely write a review to this.! And book the deeper one gets into it Genres ; Giveaways ; Releases. Talks like a Fionavarian gosh sake re Canadian tragic if it had turned out to be nothing more another. Been too long since I read a good fantasy novel ( or novels, I 'd read the and! Especially when reminded that Kay worked on the Summer Tree, the Fire... Tapestry # 1-3 ) ” as want to read: Error rating book definitely! - which is a special set of books you want to check these out, but you probably that..., goblins and an all powerful evil one, because that is how I am reading them sent Fionavar!