The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1) Paperback – 2001
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Having finished the trilogy, I think that is one of the best in its genre.
I thought the protagonists would discover a surreal place through a portal at the University Of Toronto. This was businesslike. The pupils are invited. Why anyone but <i>Kimberly</i> got chosen was inadequately explained. Out of need, they all demonstrate strengths and establish niches. The detail that had to be dished out was heavy. Every time the simplest question was posed, even if it were about drapes; the answer involved an extensive story: “Five hundred years ago”.... Everywhere you turned, something had been that way “for a thousand years”. Most external figures seemed terse or shallow. I became engrossed after <i>Paul</i> played chess with a king.
Evil was locked under a mountain for - yes - a thousand years. Everyone remains so strangely attuned to facts exceeding their lifetimes; it was overkill to keep rechecking the ‘ward stones’ to ensure they were blue. We know Rakoth’s escape is the axel of the series, thus suspense and drama are flattened before this occurs. The sourest note was sexual assault. No one wants that but it wasn’t a ploy to cause a shock. The best things about this novel can’t be described, to preserve discovery for future readers. Aside from the few issues shared, this novel is sensational; realized on an impressive scale. The <i>Lios Alfar</i>, seers, mages, and legends are enchanting. Multitudinous, intricate layers affect all the characters’ lives and we anxiously cheer for the light to prevail.
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If you like GGK's later novels, stay away from the Fionavar Tapestry. It is derivative and flat, watered-down Tolkein in the manner of Terry Brooks' dreadful "Sword of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Cothren
Fantastic story! Took me a little bit to get into the story but once I did, it was worth the wait.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
What an incredible tale has Guy Gabriel Kay woven. He created a world with a history thousands of years old...in just a few pages. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
Love it so that I am reading it again after so many years. No need to repeat all the good things said by the other reviewers but just a note about the map. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chs.
A friend recommended this book to me so I gave it a try. Reading the back of the copy I had, it compared the Fionavar Tapestry to something on the level of Tolkien. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2013 by Purnickitty
I started "The Summer Tree" with high expectations based on Kay's later works. I was sorely disappointed. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2006 by Melanie D. Crisfield
I'm not usually a fantasy reader, but I picked up The Summer Tree hoping to try out something different for a change. I wasn't that impressed. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2005 by A. Sider