It all began with a lecture that introduced five university students to a man who would change their lives, a wizard who would take them from Earth to the heart of the first of all worlds - Fionavar. And take them Loren Silvercloak did, for his need - the need of Fionavar and all the worlds - was great indeed.
And in a marvelous land of men and dwarves, of wizards and gods, five young people discovered who they were truly meant to be. For they are 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 the wrath the Unraveller and his minions of darkness intend to unleash upon the world....
©2001 Guy Gavriel Kay; (P)2009 Penguin
This is one of my absolute, all-time-favorite books/series. I adore the lyrical approach Mr. Kay used, and it can absolutely suck you in such that before you blink you're riding with the DalRei or giggling over cold water thrown over a balcony. But best of all the way your emotions ride with the gut clenching sorrow, the sparkling joy, or above all the incredible peace that comes from both and all with characters who give you a personally human glimpse at what it could mean to be legendary.
While I wouldn't mind it at all, it is a bit long for me to do in one sitting alone. Especially given the emotional impact of my responses to the story, it is something to be savored one bite and one flavor burst at a time.
don't know if my tastes have just changed or if this just doesn't translate well to audio. I read this 20 years ago and adored it. but this recording is stilted and pretencious. The place and people names just sound silly. Simon Vance is a great narrator but he this is not one of his better performances. The worst is the North American accents, US or Canadian. It was distracting everytime one of those characters spoke, and the women were even worse. It set my teeth on edge. I know British actors can do NA accents but apparently not Mr. Vance. I generally like his narration but NOT this one. I think I'll read the last two books in paperback and save my credits. Some books are improved by audio, but this one suffered on many levels.
Kay is better in print, so probably would've enjoyed it more if I'd read it. Liked it enough that I've ordered #2, The Wandering Fire.
The Tapestry Trilogy was the only story by Guy Gavriel Kay that I had not read yet.
Because I really like all his other stories I own them in hardcover as well as audio, I don't quite understand what has happened to me with this one. It started with a figure rising out of a lake ... the description of the situation and the figure itself struck me as so, well, ludicrous, that I started to giggle. Then in the middle of a dramatic scene (tragic young man suffering heroically while tied to a tree) I found myself laughing out loud.
I don't know if it is intended, but the story is in part so ridiculously overdrawn that it strikes me almost, but not quite, like a parody of the fantasy genre ... the names are hilarious, the people behave a little strange and two dimensional, and the story hurtles forward with evil on steroids in the background (he does not burst forth, crumbles the mountain, or darkens the sun, or any such ... no, it blows the top off the world when evil makes its entrance into the story!).
I will finish it, and I probably will purchase the other two parts also ... just because.
I have read this series three times and love the books. Simon Vance narrates this story beautifully giving you the feel of the characters and allows you to imagine the beauty and feel of the land and people of Fionavar. The story follows 5 young college students from Toronto who are taken to another world where their lives as well as themselves change during a battle with the dark. If you like The Lord of the Rings I think you will enjoy this very much.
I have been a voracious reader since I was a child.
I have read many, many fantasy books over the years. I generally love books in the genre, but this one is proving to be a challenge. Just can't seem to get engaged with the story. Maybe it is the reader or the pacing. About to try again from the beginning, if it doesn't stick with me this time... on to the next book!
Mr. Kay does a wonderful job of intertwining fantasy and mythology. He creates characters with depth and personality. Kudos also go to Mr. Vance for giving voice to these characters and conveying their personalities in a believable manner.
A fantasy series in the Grand, Heroic Tradition. Mythic elements, layers of details, interesting characters -- elegantly and simply stated.
The poor plot and character development, and the overwhelming sense of badly contrived situations.
I like Simon Vance, but the story is so bad I can't really rate his performance.
The story is just plain awful.
I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.
I don't know why exactly. It's a skilfully written book with plenty of imagination. I just didn't dig it. Maybe it was the "swords n sorcery" bent, which I'm really not a big fan of. Maybe it had something to do with how little time was spent on some of the most interesting parts, like the part where the group of kids shifts over to another dimension. That wasn't described in much detail, I thought, though it held plenty of unexplored interest. I guess the story focused on the parts of the world involved which just weren't as interesting to me as others were.
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