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To be For the five were a long awaited part of the pattern known as the Fionavar Tapestry and only if they accepted their destiny would the armies of the Light stand any chance of surviving when the Unraveller unleashed his wrath upon the worl. ”But above all he could wait wait as the cycles of men turned like the wheel of stars as the very stars shifted pattern under the press of years There would come a time when the watch slackened when one of the five guardians would falter Then could he in darkest secrecy exert his strength to summon aid and there would come a day when Rakoth Maugrim would be free in FionavarAnd a thousand years passed under the sun and stars of the first of all the worlds”In the midst of a strange night at the University of Toronto five students are summoned to Fionavar the first of all worlds From there on starts an epic story of war and intrigue as Guy Gavriel Kay writes his only tale of high fantasy to dateThe first book in the Fionavar Tapestry consists of a rather raw beauty It is not a masterpiece It is not Tigana It has good and bad moments and while I was debating whether to give it four or five stars it took a turn that turned me firmly towards four It is however a wonderfully written piece of art The Summer Tree is exactly what you would expect from Guy Gavriel Kay's first published novel a diamond in the rough Chaos in the Capital City rather Cowboy at the Crossroads raw beauty It is not a masterpiece It is not Tigana It has good and bad moments and while I was debating whether to give it four or five stars it took a turn that turned me firmly towards four It is however a wonderfully written piece of art The Summer Tree is exactly what you would expect from Guy Gavriel Kay's first published novel a diamond in the Cowboy Brigade rough

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It all began with a lecture that introduced five university students to a man who would change their lives a wizard who could take them from Earth to the heart of the first of all worlds Fionavar And take them Loren Silvercloak did for his need. “There are kinds of action for good or ill that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behaviour that they force us in acknowledging that they have occurred to restructure our own understanding of reality”If you missed Gandalf and the Fellowship of the Ring miss them no The Fionavar Tapestry will provide you with the much needed Tolkienesue fix perhaps a shade darker and a touch sensual than the original It is a five star compulsory read for the lovers of this style and an optional diversion for all the other readers Fionavar the first of the worlds which all other imperfectly reflect is in grave peril An ancient evil Rakoth Maugrim the Unraveller stirs and must be defeated again even though the age of heroes has long gone by And because on the Loom of the Weaver the tapestry is woven into a multiple somewhat connected worlds of which each and every one reflects Fionavar in some way the design mirrors Zelazny’s Amber in this regard it is possible to look for help outside the constraints of immediate reality More specifically it is possible to reach out to modern day Toronto where five unsuspecting young people do not know that under a guise of an unusual sightseeing offer comes a chance to become something they ever dreamt of becoming There are five main protagonists of whom each gives their own distinct POV and colours the tapestry with a different threadKimberly the knowing one; Kevin the lover boy;Jennifer the beautiful one;Paul the one eaten alive with grief;Dave the rebel; The Five Companions are a pillar of the main story as a group but they are also pushed and prodded by the author individually through their own arcs This is done unevenly as some members of the Five get attention than others This however is understandable taking into consideration that there are two books to come But also fortunate for the main protagonists as those who take on the main burden of the developing story onto their shoulders need to take on a lot I mean uite the weight of the world itself hint get your tissues ready You will find motifs that were expanded and explored thoroughly in Kay’s later novels friendship betrayal sacrifice power love generational strife and change facing and evading one’s destiny There is a density of emotions and an entanglement of life and death light and darkness obligations and desires Kay offers a tantalising verisimilitude Definitely one can say that it is not as refined as mature Kay but still very engaging What I liked in the very Tolkienesue way of showing and telling I had all my Tolkien senses overindulged What a glorious feeling is that Kay proves that each and every one of ordinary us carries an epic hero within ready to emerge from the mundane if given a chance a spark of possibility and a courage to step up to the taskWhat I didn't like that much is the narrative jumping from one POV to another within each chapter This got me confused a couple of times at the beginning The prose is definitely less refined with ragged edges in the narrative Readers get the story proper plus Fionavar’s history and mythology as a bonus It's like Kay tries to throw half of his own Silmarilion into the bargain The cultural human and geographic detail is given in a flurry of names and the reader has no idea what is crucial and should be remembered what can be interesting but can be stored away upon acknowledgment The uality of the available map is uestionable and I was lost very often A book of this density really should have an extended appendix with maps names and a brief historical and cultural overview of Fionavar These minor issues notwithstanding The Summer Tree has been a real treat for me The branches or should I write the threads of the story grow and form amazing patterns that would have a lesser writer entirely lost in such vast design I wouldn’t recommend the book if it’s meant to be your fist Kay’s novel but eually if you are a fan of his style don’t let it wait too long on your “to read” shelfAlso in the series 2 The Wandering Fire3 The Darkest Road Red Shoes and a Diary restructure our own understanding of In a Glance reality”If you missed Gandalf and the Fellowship of the Ring miss them no The Fionavar Tapestry will provide you with the much needed Tolkienesue fix perhaps a shade darker and a touch sensual than the original It is a five star compulsory Dangerous Disguise read for the lovers of this style and an optional diversion for all the other Their Unexpected Love readers Fionavar the first of the worlds which all other imperfectly Romancing the Rancher reflect is in grave peril An ancient evil Rakoth Maugrim the Unraveller stirs and must be defeated again even though the age of heroes has long gone by And because on the Loom of the Weaver the tapestry is woven into a multiple somewhat connected worlds of which each and every one Redeeming Gabriel reflects Fionavar in some way the design mirrors Zelazny’s Amber in this Firefly Summer regard it is possible to look for help outside the constraints of immediate Dangerous Curves reality More specifically it is possible to Dangerous Memories reach out to modern day Toronto where five unsuspecting young people do not know that under a guise of an unusual sightseeing offer comes a chance to become something they ever dreamt of becoming There are five main protagonists of whom each gives their own distinct POV and colours the tapestry with a different threadKimberly the knowing one; Kevin the lover boy;Jennifer the beautiful one;Paul the one eaten alive with grief;Dave the Sabor De Sedução rebel; The Five Companions are a pillar of the main story as a group but they are also pushed and prodded by the author individually through their own arcs This is done unevenly as some members of the Five get attention than others This however is understandable taking into consideration that there are two books to come But also fortunate for the main protagonists as those who take on the main burden of the developing story onto their shoulders need to take on a lot I mean uite the weight of the world itself hint get your tissues Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess ready You will find motifs that were expanded and explored thoroughly in Kay’s later novels friendship betrayal sacrifice power love generational strife and change facing and evading one’s destiny There is a density of emotions and an entanglement of life and death light and darkness obligations and desires Kay offers a tantalising verisimilitude Definitely one can say that it is not as Windows 2000 Administrator's G refined as mature Kay but still very engaging What I liked in the very Tolkienesue way of showing and telling I had all my Tolkien senses overindulged What a glorious feeling is that Kay proves that each and every one of ordinary us carries an epic hero within Vows Made in Secret ready to emerge from the mundane if given a chance a spark of possibility and a courage to step up to the taskWhat I didn't like that much is the narrative jumping from one POV to another within each chapter This got me confused a couple of times at the beginning The prose is definitely less Daddy's Little Matchmakers refined with The Santangeli Marriage ragged edges in the narrative Readers get the story proper plus Fionavar’s history and mythology as a bonus It's like Kay tries to throw half of his own Silmarilion into the bargain The cultural human and geographic detail is given in a flurry of names and the Plattenbaugefühle reader has no idea what is crucial and should be Redwing's Lady remembered what can be interesting but can be stored away upon acknowledgment The uality of the available map is uestionable and I was lost very often A book of this density DANGEROUS ALLIANCE really should have an extended appendix with maps names and a brief historical and cultural overview of Fionavar These minor issues notwithstanding The Summer Tree has been a Shadow Lover real treat for me The branches or should I write the threads of the story grow and form amazing patterns that would have a lesser writer entirely lost in such vast design I wouldn’t The Dare (Risking It All recommend the book if it’s meant to be your fist Kay’s novel but eually if you are a fan of his style don’t let it wait too long on your “to A Texas Brides Collection read” shelfAlso in the series 2 The Wandering Fire3 The Darkest Road

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The need of Fionavar and all the worlds was great indeedAnd in a marvelous land of men and dwarves of wizards and gods and of the Unraveller and his minions of Darkness Kimberly Dave Jennifer Kevin and Paul discovered who they were truly meant. 435 A buddy read with the awesome Kay Suad Fantasy Buddy Reads Group Every time I pick up a book by GGK I am filled with anticipation almost eual to that of children opening presents on Christmas Day morning The first night of Hanukkah A time of celebration of the soul despite not being sure if it will live up to the expectations at the end I have been very lucky for now and everything I have had the pleasure of reading by him has brought me much pleasure than disappointment However this book was written much earlier than the ones I have previously read so I was a bit worried going in to it “There are kinds of action for good or ill that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behavior that they force us in acknowledging that they have occurred to restructure our own understanding of reality We have to make room for them” From the start I jumped into an alternate universe together with the five young ish Earth inhabitants Kevin Kim Jessica David and Paul following a Mage of Fionavar the the prime creation which all the others imperfectly reflect This First and most ancient world where magic and G ds still have their place and swords and bows are the most technologically advanced weaponry an Evil old and powerful Rakoth the Unraveller stalks the daily lives of Royalty and peasants drying up the earth and burning off the crops starving the cattle and putting a stranglehold on folks livelihoods It is imprisoned beneath a mountain and kept there by the Guardian Stones which blue lights show that it has not freed itself yet But its tentacles are already working on the outside world and omens show that the time of its freedom and the war of Good vs Evil will follow “Alluding and attacking summoning a courage embodying a gallantry of defiance that hurt to see it was so noble and so doomed” This whole book is a set up for the upcoming war establishing the characters of the participants and delineating the battle lines An old King who has ruled for many years has refused several times to sacrifice himself on the Summer Tree in order to placate the local G d to end the drought his older son has been exiled for wanting to take his father's place as the sacrificial lamb thus implying that his father was not doing what is best for his people This is treason so he is disinherited and exiled from the castle The younger son a gorgeous but irresponsible womanizer and a rake is the hair designate and he and one of the mages Loren Silvercloak and his companionpower source interesting magical buddy system the Dwarf King Matt Sören bring the Five Canadians over for the celebrations of the Kings' rain thus involving them in the court intrigues as well as in the overall war of primary powers None of them come to the last chapter of the book unaffected by one thing or another giving them reasons to grow and choose sides “We salvage what we can what truly matters to us even at the gates of despair” There are magical creatures dwarfs flying Unicorns and gigantic black swans with carnivore teeth There are things that would reminds Fantasy fans of C S Lewis JRR Tolkien and R Jordan all of it somewhat dated by the heavy influences of the time it was written in the 80's There are many little flaws some not so polished dialogues and some purposeful and not so purposeful ambiguities but the one thing that made me forget all of those things is the signature GGK prose Even in this early work the power of his wordsmithing is overwhelming He can pack a sentence with meaning and emotion on par with the all time greatest He has a cadence of storytelling that sweeps you in the story almost against your will making you feel like a child being told an intricate tale of magic made accessible by its melody than the story line itself The moment and manner of telling are the apex of the experience making you giddy with the enchantment of it You are willing to forgive a lot from an author who can gift you with such wonder “Ah Malka” she murmured at last “I wish I were wiser What is the use of living so long if one hasn’t grown wise”The cat pricked up her ears but preferred to continue licking a paw rather than address herself to so thorny a uestion This is not the best book I have read by Kay but it is a very good beginning to a trilogy and I can't wait to find out how it all works out Thank you to all the awesome friends from the Kay Suad Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many wonderful books to come A Dad At Last read with the awesome Kay Suad Fantasy Buddy Reads Group Every time I pick up a book by GGK I am filled with anticipation almost eual to that of children opening presents on Christmas Day morning The first night of Hanukkah A time of celebration of the soul despite not being sure if it will live up to the expectations at the end I have been very lucky for now and everything I have had the pleasure of The Consummate Cowboy reading by him has brought me much pleasure than disappointment However this book was written much earlier than the ones I have previously Crave read so I was a bit worried going in to it “There are kinds of action for good or ill that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behavior that they force us in acknowledging that they have occurred to A Daddy for Dillon restructure our own understanding of A Shooting Star reality We have to make Sheik Daddy room for them” From the start I jumped into an alternate universe together with the five young ish Earth inhabitants Kevin Kim Jessica David and Paul following a Mage of Fionavar the the prime creation which all the others imperfectly Daddy's Little Matchmaker reflect This First and most ancient world where magic and G ds still have their place and swords and bows are the most technologically advanced weaponry an Evil old and powerful Rakoth the Unraveller stalks the daily lives of Royalty and peasants drying up the earth and burning off the crops starving the cattle and putting a stranglehold on folks livelihoods It is imprisoned beneath a mountain and kept there by the Guardian Stones which blue lights show that it has not freed itself yet But its tentacles are already working on the outside world and omens show that the time of its freedom and the war of Good vs Evil will follow “Alluding and attacking summoning a courage embodying a gallantry of defiance that hurt to see it was so noble and so doomed” This whole book is a set up for the upcoming war establishing the characters of the participants and delineating the battle lines An old King who has Cooking Up Trouble / Kiss the Cook ruled for many years has The Daddy Surprise refused several times to sacrifice himself on the Summer Tree in order to placate the local G d to end the drought his older son has been exiled for wanting to take his father's place as the sacrificial lamb thus implying that his father was not doing what is best for his people This is treason so he is disinherited and exiled from the castle The younger son a gorgeous but irresponsible womanizer and a Die Wildrose rake is the hair designate and he and one of the mages Loren Silvercloak and his companionpower source interesting magical buddy system the Dwarf King Matt Sören bring the Five Canadians over for the celebrations of the Kings' Criminal Deception rain thus involving them in the court intrigues as well as in the overall war of primary powers None of them come to the last chapter of the book unaffected by one thing or another giving them The Renegade Cowboy Returns (Callahan Cowboys, reasons to grow and choose sides “We salvage what we can what truly matters to us even at the gates of despair” There are magical creatures dwarfs flying Unicorns and gigantic black swans with carnivore teeth There are things that would A Very Tudor Christmas reminds Fantasy fans of C S Lewis JRR Tolkien and R Jordan all of it somewhat dated by the heavy influences of the time it was written in the 80's There are many little flaws some not so polished dialogues and some purposeful and not so purposeful ambiguities but the one thing that made me forget all of those things is the signature GGK prose Even in this early work the power of his wordsmithing is overwhelming He can pack a sentence with meaning and emotion on par with the all time greatest He has a cadence of storytelling that sweeps you in the story almost against your will making you feel like a child being told an intricate tale of magic made accessible by its melody than the story line itself The moment and manner of telling are the apex of the experience making you giddy with the enchantment of it You are willing to forgive a lot from an author who can gift you with such wonder “Ah Malka” she murmured at last “I wish I were wiser What is the use of living so long if one hasn’t grown wise”The cat pricked up her ears but preferred to continue licking a paw Christmastime Courtship rather than address herself to so thorny a uestion This is not the best book I have Red Shoes and a Diary read by Kay but it is a very good beginning to a trilogy and I can't wait to find out how it all works out Thank you to all the awesome friends from the Kay Suad Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many wonderful books to come