eBook The Fionavar Tapestry Wow I am in awe of the breadth and scope of this extraordinarily layered m
eBook The Fionavar Tapestry Wow, I am in awe of the breadth and scope of this extraordinarily layered masterpiece.A true epic fantasy not to be missed.Often compared to LOTR and not in a bad way... though, I must confess that as much as I loved LOTR, The Fionavar Tapestry far surpasses it on so many levels. This is a case of the pupil exceeding the master. Know that I do not say this lightly. The Fionavar Tapestry now holds my #1 top spot of Best Epic Fantasy Trilogy of All Time. A unique blend of Celtic mythology and Arthurian legend woven into a rich tapestry all it's own, populated with accessible and very human characters I grew to love, intensely. For a short time, I resided in Fionavar with them in their monumental struggle of Light against Dark. Much happens in Fionavar, though I cannot say more without giving spoilers. If you choose to read it, you'll want to experience it as I did, fresh and with no foreknowledge of events, let it unfold naturally. What I can say is there were some excellent battle scenes, though not a military play by play. The profound beauty of the last kanior is something I will never forget. In truth, there's isn't anything in this story that I'm likely to forget. There's so much to it, so full of depth and emotion. The best part is that while you think you know what's going to happen, you don't; when you think it's over, it's not. To paraphrase: "There were so many things warring for a place in [my] heart: joy and deep sorrow, pain and infinite relief." This sums up how I felt upon completion of this most exceptional story. In the end, I cried tears of sorrow, tears of joy. Brightly woven, Mr. Kay, master storyteller extraordinaire. Thank you for the gift of Fionavar, The First of All Worlds.. The Fionavar Tapestry Viral Ebook 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 At a Celtic conference, Kimberley, Kevin, Jennifer, Dave, and Paul meet wizard Loren Silvercloak.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 At a Celtic conference, Kimberley, Kevin, Jennifer, Dave, and Paul meet wizard Loren Silvercloak Returning with him to the magical kingdom of Fionavar to attend a festival, they soon discover that they are being drawn into the conflict between the dark and the light as Unraveller Rakoth Maugrim breaks free of his mountain prison and threatens the continued existence of Fionavar They join mages, elves, dwarves, and the forces of the High King of Brennin to do battle with Maugrim, where Kay s imaginative powers as a world builder come to the fore He stunningly weaves Arthurian legends into the fluid mix of Celtic, Nordic, and Teutonic, creating a grand fantasy that sweeps readers into a heroic struggle that the author makes all the memorable because of the tributes he pays to past masters The trilogy is a grand homage to J.R.R 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 Kay has a very real connection to Tolkien as Christopher Tolkien s assistant, Kay was invaluable in helping to wrestle Tolkien s posthumous The Silmarillion into shape for publication Kay is undoubtedly one of the Canadian masters of high fantasy, and The Fionavar Tapestry is one of his most enduring works 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 Jeffrey Canton. Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction 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 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.. A viral Kindle The Fionavar Tapestry 6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. This trilogy has taken over the TOP SPOT on my list of "heroic" fantasy trilogies, knocking the standard, LOTR, down to number two. 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. In many ways the plot of The Fionavar Trilogy follows the classic heroic fantasy script created by LOTR though, in my opinion, in such a way as to be wholly original and of its own making. Fionavar is the "first world of the Tapestry" and all other worlds (including ours) are reflections of that first world. Five law and medical students are drawn into Fionavar by the mage Loren Silvercloak who recognizes their "true selves" and needs them to help battle Rakoth Maugrim, the Unraveller, who has been set free after 1000 years. Sounds pretty standard and similar to LOTR. The beauty of the book is in the writing and the execution. The writing is emotional and poetic (and I mean "gut wrenching" like a good Italian opera). The execution of the plot is superb and the tension and the threat builds up through each book until you get to, in my opinion, the single best ending to a fantasy trilogy ever. This is true "heroic" and "mythic" fantasy where the "good guys" have absolutely NO GREY AREA in them and yet their struggles are often very, very human. That is what makes them so great because they always make the RIGHT choice in the end. Two pieces of advice goiong in: First, read slowly and carefully as, like LOTR, the prose is thick and lyrical and you will miss the depth of the writing if you read too quickly. Second, if you listen to audiobooks, listen to the audio version of the trilogy by Simon Vance who did an amazing job with the books (but keep the print versions around for some of the more difficult prose).HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!