In the second book of Kay's Fionavar Tapestry, the five protagonistsordinary Toronto college studentsreturn once more to become warriors and wizards in the beleaguered fantasy world of Fionavar, now suffering an unnaturally prolonged winter. To combat dread Rakoth Maugrim, King Arthur and Lancelot are revived and the Wild Hunt summoned from its long sleep. Together they vanquish the attacking wolf packs and shatter the cauldron of power. As the book ends, though, they are still deep in danger and hopelessly mired somewhere in mid-story. This elaborate, lore-filled fantasy, smelling of dusty library stacks and perfumed prose, will doubtless please those who enjoyed the first volume, The Summer Tree. Both are striking as unconscious but almost clinical catalogues of an adolescent world view, full of self-dramatization and self-pity, a desperation for instant status or celebrity, a preoccupation with lost love and death (which become equivalent totems) and a general lack of humor or perspective. SF Book Club Main selection.
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Praise for The Fionavar Tapestry
“A remarkable achievement…the essence of high fantasy.” —Locus
“Certainly this is one of the very best of the fantasies which have appeared since Tolkien, and I trust it will be recognized as such.” Andre Norton
“Kay has delivered such a magnificent…volume that I can’t praise it enough. The Fionavar Tapestry is a work that will be read for many years to come. It is a book that makes one proud to be working in the same genre as its author.” —Charles de Lint
“I’m overwhelmed…The Summer Tree is one of those books that change your perception of the world forever afterward.” —Marion Zimmer Bradley
“Kay’s intricate Celtic background will please fantasy buffs…in the manner of The Silmarillion, the posthumous Tolkien work that Kay helped edit.” —Publishers Weekly
“Immense scale, literary richness and dazzling heroes.” —Toronto Star--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
Very professional! Thank you very much. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Published on Feb. 6 2012 by MB
I will start off by saying this is not a bad book. It is quite good and entertaining.
My biggest problem with it is the reference to arthurian legend there is no use of... Read more
Kay makes all the same ridiculous errors he did in the Summer Tree. I confess I only lasted for four chapters until I decided that life is too short. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Thistle Brown