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. Refresh and try again. They have been called there by the mage Loren Silvercloak, and quickly find themselves drawn into the complex tapestry of events. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. I really enjoyed the characters, settings, world building and the part of the plains people. The transitions from contemporary Toronto to Fionavar are awkward and less than believable. 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 wha. It's been too long since I read a good fantasy novel (or novels, I guess). Then there's the writing. Most of the readers tend to dismiss this as a imitation of the great master, and to do so is not fair at all. This is Guy Gavriel Kay’s earliest published novel. 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. This is a great read-- a totally consuming fantasy novel with all the typical light against dark themes. The author's writing style, like Tolkien, is very poetic. Discover (and save!) Lord Of The Rings? Nov 15, 2013 - Buy THE SUMMER TREE: The Fionavar Tapestry Book One by Kay from Amazon's Fiction Books Store. Start by marking “The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1)” as … From elves, dwarves, goblins. Kay. I have no idea why I waited so long! I only ask because I'm sick and tired of contemporary YA at the moment, and I want something different. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categoriz. All the stories and people created in here are beautiful, I can't recommend this one enough to anyone who loves fantasy. The story is divided into 3 books: The Summer Tree; The Wandering Fire; The Darkest Road; It is also available in a collected edition. This page is under construction. For me, it was mid-1980's. Left is the Game of Thrones series and the Homer stuff. We’d love your help. 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. I do appreciate, though, that the leader of the CBS Orchestra for the Late Show with David Letterman is the Christ figure in this. It's easier, somehow, to read a fantasy novel written in that era – as if I'm not fighting the language quite so much. i recommend them to everyone, always, and i re-read them once every year or so. 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*". I love books like treasured friends, so I prefer to accept the enjoyment they give me without analyzing them too closely. This is the kind of high fantasy that I can easily see re-reading, and rather wish I had come to earlier in life. Seriously? We’d love your help. ), Celebrate Sci-Fi and Fantasy Subgenres with These 64 Books. 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). None of these characters felt like real people to me; the students are pretty interchangeable (one’s a bit crankier! Firstly, the characters in this tale are three dimensional with real feelings and conflicts. I don’t know how to explain my confusion better than that. Where do you go for fantastical, must-read book recommendations? For me, it was mid-1980's. This is an epic slightly arthurian fantasy. I read this and really liked it in my early twenties. Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry) Kay, Guy Gavriel. I've read other Kay (and loved it all), but for some reason I just kept putting this one off. Refresh and try again. open/close all folders . The creativity in this book lies less in its newness but rather in its skilled borrowing and "weaving." 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. Kay takes touchstones from mythology and weaves them together in a haunting opener to this trilogy about the first world and the impact five people from our own world have on it, in the midst of an epic struggle between good and evil. The first volume in Guy Gavriel Kay’s stunning fantasy masterwork. Lastly, the story itself is complex and feels more 'real' all the way around. They change, just like that? The summer tree is just a … There is a strange dichotomy to writing a review to this series. 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. What is up with that? Whereas WoT borrows a lot from Eastern philosophies: renewal, rebirth, opposites-create-balance, The Fionavar Tapestry (of which The Summer Tree is the first book) borrows more from Celtic mythology. 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. It had a pretty dragon on the cover and couldn't be that bad, right? This trilogy has taken over the TOP SPOT on my list of "heroic" fantasy trilogies, knocking the standard, LOTR, down to number two. It cut, like a weapon. A solid fantasy trilogy, although I think it works better for younger/more casual readers. Most of the readers tend to dismiss this as a imitation of the great master, and to do so is not fair at all. 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. “most hated by the dark, for their name is light.”, “This was not a beauty that warmed one. There was no nuance of gentleness in her, no shading of care, but fair she was, as is the flight of an arrow before it kills.” ― Guy Gavriel Kay, The Fionavar Tapestry ". 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? 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. by Ace Books. 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 creativity in this book lies less in its newness but rather in its skilled borrowing and "weaving." I could almost feel myself falling into it and I would spend longer and longer just gazing at it, connecting the illustrations to the story that was unfolding. 3.98 avg rating • (20,331 ratings by Goodreads) Softcover ISBN 10: 0586215220 ISBN 13: 9780586215227. I read this book for one of my group challenges and I’m so glad I did as it was awesome!! Many statements made by the main characters are simply groaners. The Fionavar Tapestry (The Fionavar Tapestry #1-3). Start by marking “The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categoriz. I read this book as a middle schooler in Toronto, having no idea what I was in for. Had I known this series was essentially a beat-for-beat reinterpretation of the Lord of the Rings (with Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere thrown in for good measure) I may have put it off for awhile until the tropes wouldn’t feel so overused to me. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are so many things one could say that can be construed as negative. 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. “This was not a beauty that warmed one. It is hard to be original in this well-worn genre, but Kay pulls it off and makes his characters and the world-setting unique and fresh. I'm rereading it now, and am far less impressed. 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.). Fantasy Fiction: people are imprisoned in caves filled with toxic smoke because they can curse someone who kills them by spilling their blood. This was his first book, an homage to J.R.R. [I thought the use of the Christ story was really lovely. A disappointment after reading Ysabel, but then this was Kay's first book. He writes epic fantasy of the highest order but getting into how affecting his writing is, how its often brought me to tears, that's harder to get down somehow. 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. 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. Especially when reminded that Kay worked on The Silmarillion with Christopher Tolkien. 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. I will only rarely write a review, but for this I will. This book has been on my to-read list for a long time. The Fionavar Tapestry is a trilogy of fantasy novels by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay, published between 1984 and 1986.The novels are partly set in our own contemporary world, but mostly in the fictional world of Fionavar.It is the story of five University of Toronto senior law and medical students, who are drawn into the 'first world of the Tapestry' by the mage Loren Silvercloak. 3.98 avg rating • (20,332 ratings by Goodreads) Softcover ISBN 10: 0007217242 ISBN 13: 9780007217243. There are so many facets to this story and Kay manages to balance them all and keep them active and interesting. 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. Normally I don't go for real world/fantasy world cross-overs, but this is a special set of books. Buy The Darkest Road (Fionavar Tapestry, Book 3) by Kay, Guy Gavriel (ISBN: 9780877958222) from Amazon's Book Store. 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. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. A grand and passionate homage to Tolkien, a lyrical tour de force of high fantasy. The Fionavar Tapestry has Loads and Loads of Characters. The comparisons can't help but be made, though Kay sees his world as a tapestry and Tolkien as a song being sung. 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 of mysterious names and a ton of info dumping about Fionavar’s ancient history that calls to mind the excesses of J.R.R. I've, [ the prince embarks on a "quest" with his men to seduce a foreign princess, gets away with it, and in the dizzying elation that follows a mission well accomplished the boys bond over alcohol and more sex with tavern wenches. In The Fionavar Tapestry, Guy Gavriel Kay has spun an epic composed of a variety of threads. It was a really good read and the closing of a large circle that gives me hope for the future. 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. Group trapped in another world with gods. 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 will review the three books as one, because that is how I am reading them. 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. Firstly, the characters in this tale are three dimensional with real feelings and conflicts. Buy The Wandering Fire (Fionavar Tapestry) New edition by Kay, Guy Gavriel (ISBN: 9780048233622) from Amazon's Book Store. The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1). Starting out at the University of Toronto, of all places, five acquaintances find themselves sucked into another world and an ancient story. With all the various situations occurring and escalating, Kay manages to keep the story moving forward in such a way that the excitement escalates. Every time I decided it was time to jump in, I'd read the blurb and decide to go with something else. We also have the classic moment of the villain revealing their weakness. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Satisfying for fantasy readers. 5.0 stars. Five men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds. Five friends from Canada, sent to Fionavar to celebrate the crowning of a new monarch. Publisher: HarperVoyager, 2011. This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. 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! Good doesn't always triumph, and when it does it is laced with sorrow in this tale. 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 when Kay makes choices that feel more personally drawn, and when he grounds and fleshes out his vast cast of characters, there are few writers of fantasy who are better at evoking beautifully rendered moments. it is hard to love at first. The one dimensional aspect of almost every character. this is a wonderful novel. I feel like I would have enjoyed this series more if I hadn’t finished reading Lords of the Rings recently. All of these things should make me hate this series. Even in this early (1986) effort, Kay came through with a original and satisfying story. As a reader, I found myself drawn into the world of Fionavar and its struggles, in its people and their lives. Seriously? 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. ), Buddy read with the fabulous Kay Squad at FBR. Good versus evil is a well-worn theme, a path trodden by writers since man first set pen to parchment. Kim and Matt, with the help of Tabor and Imraith-Nimphais, rescue the Paraiko. This is one of those five star books that I've always been reluctant to actually review. I'm of two minds with this work. 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. 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. It's been too long since I read a good fantasy novel (or novels, I guess). The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1) by Guy Gavriel Kay Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The dialogue, for example. next to the actual book. my absolute, hands down, favorite books of all time. Welcome back. I think I'd rather give this one a 3.5 on sheer enjoyability, having the reaction that I'd read this all before, and it's pacing was slow, slow, slow, but after having read it and having some thoughts as to what Kay was trying to accomplish, I'm revising it up to a solid 4. [ Like, also, when they’re all out hunting in the fields and glorying in their manhood and then the kid gets the best spirit-animal EVER and it’s a unicorn/Pegasus? Many statements made by the main characters are simply groaners. Book 1 (The Summer Tree) reread finished 3/12/13. 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