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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Five University of Toronto students get transported to Fionavar, the first of all worlds, after a reclusive lecturer on Celtic studies, Lorenzo Marcus, turns out to be Loren Silvercloak, a mage from the kingdom of Brennin. It piqued my curiosity.

What a glorious feeling! This is how Tolkien should be written?? Women, perhaps unjustly, are depicted less three dimensionally than others, and do suffer more than men.

Summer Tree, The: Book One of the Fionavar Tapestry

The ending scene is one example. This series probably has its fans, and I’m sure they would disagree with my assessment.

This is treason, so he is disinherited and exiled from the castle. He’ll make you feel as if you are not reading.

We have to make room for them. Kay uses it without referring explicitly to prophecies, and the effect is subtler.

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. The book hits a few of my “oh my goodness this again” spots. 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. This world is alivepeople.


The Lord of the Rings is more than an inspiration; tolkein’s characters and themes and countries are all directly paralleled within. It reminds me of later works that are so huge I’m looking at you, WoT that it takes books before we start to even LIKE a particular character, or get impressed with how much he’s developed.

Because as The Summer Tree will show us, music can unlock so much.

It was just lost or wasted on me, I guess. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I constantly got confused between Kevin and Paul, and felt that the rest were more cardboard-y than alive, especially when they arrived in Fionavar. Wheel of time anyone?

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

A place where, eons before, the five peoples of Fionavar battled and defeated an ancient Power known as Rakoth the Unraveller. I shouldn’t be looking forward to ending the story, but savoring what’s happening in the narrative currently.

And that is Kay’s greatest talent. It just doesn’t do it for me. He also takes fipnavar page from Donaldson the Thomas Covenant series in having modern people transported into an alternate world, but in my opinion he does it so much better by orders of magnitude. Description Taken to a realm of magic and war, five men and women from our world embark on an epic journey in the first novel in Guy Gavriel Kay’s classic, critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry.

Mar 08, Nick T. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Also a thee for me was prominent female characters with substantial roles to play in the action, although view spoiler [I was disappointed that all he could think of to torment Jennifer was overwhelming sexual assault.

I was, in short, as miserable as only a heartbroken year-old girl can be. Also by Guy Gavriel Kay.

The Summer Tree

Jun 01, Minutes Buy. And to be fair, there are moments when the dialogue aims and misses, and the adult me winces in sympathy. The Fionavar Tapestry will provide you with the thr needed Tolkienesque fixperhaps a shade darker and a touch more sensual than the original.


Guy Gavriel Kay takes characters from our world and places them in a fantasy world. 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.

Borrelli rated it liked it. Contemporary Fantasy Epic Fantasy Audiobooks. The Fionavar Tapestry 3 books. His works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Jennifer’s road is definately the saddest and most difficult. Only in Fionavar, the prime creation, which all the others imperfectly reflect, is the lore gathered and preserved that tells of how to bridge the tgee – and even there the years have not dealt kindly with ancient wisdom.

The Summer Tree (Fionavar Tapestry, book 1) by Guy Gavriel Kay

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, if short, and they were good enough that I couldn’t help being extremely impressed.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Whit this book, Kay manages to give you a story in which you can get lost and forget yourself reading for hours on end.

Guy Gavriel Kay was born on the 7th November in Canada. Notify me of new comments via email. Kevin and Paul are befriended by Summeg, Ailell’s second son, a handsome man and elegant swordsman, but apparently frivolous and light-hearted.

I am definitely a fan, and will be continuing to read.