- Paperback: 792 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint Edition edition (Oct. 10 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006479502
- ISBN-13: 978-0006479505
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 998 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fionavar Tapestry Omnibus Tpb Paperback – Oct 10 1995
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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 more 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
About the Author
GUY GAVRIEL KAY is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost fantasy authors. He is the author of eleven novels, and his works have been translated into twenty-five languages. Kay lives in Toronto with his family. Visit him online at brightweavings.com.
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I felt compelled to add a review as someone has left a mocking negative review. I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates a well written story.
I enjoyed this fantasy epic greatly. I found the main characters very believable as characters in high fantasy go. They are also fairly easy to identify with and are by nature very much like the normal people we know in the real world.
Here you will read of a realm of great magic, and of incredible things. You will also read tales of human strength and brilliance as well as weakness.
I loved it. I found the story very entertaining. I saw great artistic merit in this as well.