Wow, I am in awe of the breadth and scope of this extraordinarily layered masterpiece. Buy The Darkest Road (Fionavar Tapestry, Book 3) by Kay, Guy Gavriel (ISBN: 9780877958222) from Amazon's Book Store. The author's writing style, l. At first glance, this trilogy seems to be nothing more than another Tolkien clone. [I thought the use of the Christ story was really lovely. Kay is a natural storyteller and he shows it in this tale. I will only rarely write a review, but for this I will. i got real into it near the end so im glad i liked the ending! For example, characters congratulating each other by saying, "Brightly woven." I felt compelled to read the entire trilogy as a result, when I knew I should just stop after the first book. This page is under construction. In The Fionavar Tapestry, Guy Gavriel Kay has spun an epic composed of a variety of threads. Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry) Kay, Guy Gavriel. 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. 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. Themes, characters, humour, pathos, romantic idealism, and stories out of earth’s history are interwoven to create a rich and diverse work of fantasy. Finovar isn't childish at all, especially with some of the topics that are dealt with - YA, maybe, but not childish. Their lack of reaction cued me in pretty early on that I wasn’t going to like this book. Really a 3.5. It cut, like a weapon. 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! [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! If he's willing to waste his time like that, he doesn't seem so intimidating to me. The creativity in this book lies less in its newness but rather in its skilled borrowing and "weaving." Other editions - View all. 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. From elves, dwarves, goblins. your own Pins on Pinterest 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. 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. It's been too long since I read a good fantasy novel (or novels, I guess). The concluding volume of Fionavar Tapestry is a perfect fantasy novel. 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. open/close all folders . There are so many things one could say that can be construed as negative. Starting out at the University of Toronto, of all places, five acquaintances find themselves sucked into another world and an ancient story. But there is a hint in the five stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction. 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*". The trilogy is a grand homage to J.R.R. How well does this book work as a standalone? 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. The young heroes from our own world have gained power and maturity from their sufferings and adventures in Fionavar. Firstly, the characters in this tale are three dimensional with real feelings and conflicts. I confess that I teared up at several points throughout the tale - which is a rare occurrence for me. It's easier, somehow, to read a fantasy novel written in that era – as if I'm not fighting the language quite so much. THE SUMMER TREE: The Fionavar Tapestry Book One. 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. 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. Two of four big books that I intended to read this year. 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