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The Wandering Fire Audiobook
The Wandering Fire
Written by: 
Guy Gavriel Kay
Narrated by: 
Simon Vance
The Wandering Fire Audiobook

The Wandering Fire: The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

A mage's power has brought five university students from our world into a realm where an ancient evil has freed itself from captivity to wreak revenge on its enemies....

The Wandering Fire is the second novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry.

Don't lose the thread...listen to more titles in the Fionavar Tapestry series.

©1986 Guy Gavriel Kay; (P)2009 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the very best fantasies to have appeared since Tolkien." (Andre Norton)
"This is the only fantasy work I know which does not suffer by comparison to The Lord of the Rings." (Interzone)
"The essence of high fantasy...a remarkable achievement." (Locus)

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    Will Edmonton, AB, Canada 11-01-09
    Will Edmonton, AB, Canada 11-01-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great fantasy, exquisitely told"

    This fantasy cycle, which concludes with The Darkest Road (not yet available on Audible, so brace yourself for a wait), is the very best of the genre. The epic battle brewing between Light and Dark is made more bitter by the addition of the Arthurian story, worked out once again here in the first of all the worlds, Fionavar. A magnificent series. But WHERE IS PART THREE!??

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda DeWinton, AB, Canada 08-27-12
    Brenda DeWinton, AB, Canada 08-27-12
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    "'THE' best science fantasy series ever written."
    Where does The Wandering Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Fionavar Tapestry is a great 'read' as well as a great 'listen'.


    What did you like best about this story?

    ..It's CANADIAN!!!!


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well - gotta say. Simon Vance is good - maybe not the best.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I have a one hour commute to and from work every day. It kept me entertained.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the books too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-28-12
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "heavy"

    It???s been 1?? years since I read The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay???s first novel and the first in his Fionavar Tapestry. I mentioned in the review for that book that I???m an adoring fan of Kay???s later stand-alone novels but that I found The Summer Tree derivative and heavy. I would have happily skipped its sequel, The Wandering Fire, but I had already purchased it at Audible, so I thought I???d give it a chance to win me over. Simon Vance, the narrator, is one of my favorites and his bad Canadian accents were toned down this time, which made him pleasant to listen to, as usual.

    In this installment, the five college students are back home in Toronto after Kim whisked them out of Fionavar when she heard Jennifer being tortured after being raped by the dark lord, Rakoth Maugrim. Jennifer became pregnant and has refused to get rid of the baby. Will the son of the dark lord be evil? Are genes destiny, or might love overcome their effect? Meanwhile, the unnatural winter grinds on in Fionavar. The people are starving and the minions of the dark lord are attacking, so Kim goes to Stonehenge to summon Arthur Pendragon and takes him and the rest of the gang back to fight evil in Fionavar.

    I felt pretty much the same way about The Wandering Fire as I did about The Summer Tree. Here we get to know our heroes a little better, but they still remain rather shallow even though we spend plenty of time viewing events from their perspectives and watching them act and speak with an abundance of emotion. The villains are similarly thin. The story advances, though not much has been accomplished by the end, and I had the familiar feeling that The Fionavar Tapestry could have been done in two books instead of three.

    The story, though derivative (there are so many Tolkienesque elements here), is intriguing, but the addition of King Arthur (and the foreshadowed love triangle with Jennifer and Lancelot) is strange and seems out of place. There are bright patches of humor and wit, especially in the blossoming romance between Sharra and Diarmuid, which has been my favorite plotline in this series.

    My main problem with The Fionavar Tapestry is that it???s so unrelievedly heavy and histrionic. The characters, even those from modern Toronto, express almost every thought in intense turgid prose. Everything that happens ??? every conversation, every fight, every sex scene, every meal ??? is treated as if it???s the climax of the story. It???s often beautiful, but frankly, it???s exhausting. This is an area where GGK has markedly improved over the years. His later novels are still full of passion, but in these earlier books, each character feels as if he???s likely to explode at any moment if the temperature in Fionavar ever gets above freezing.

    Overall, then, The Wandering Fire is a rather conventional high fantasy that suffers from excess weight and pomposity, but it???s easy and exciting to see the early stages of Guy Gavriel Kay???s later greatness here. Fans who are interested in this author???s evolution will want to be familiar with The Fionavar Tapestry, especially since its mythology is alluded to in his later novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Momoevi Arlington, VA, United States 02-18-12
    Momoevi Arlington, VA, United States 02-18-12
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    "Ponderous"

    Like book 1, this is just a slow moving story. Lots of characters, lots of story lines....the reason it moves really slowly is that the same part of the story is told over and over and over again through different eyes. Its really hard to pay attention when you're going through another iteration of a part of a story that you've already heard. Every character in the story is overly serious and overburdened by the weight of their own awesomeness...I don't feel a lot of empathy for them and I find myself hoping that one or more of them gets killed off...of course if they do get killed off then their companions will be tearing their hair out and screaming about pain and revenge for the next 100 pages or so, so perhaps not. What a quandary!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 06-09-16
    Thomas 06-09-16
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    "enjoyed this one"

    good story. a bit complex at time (you gotta pay attention). the reader is amazing and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kati3kat 05-11-16
    kati3kat 05-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Onto book 3"

    I like this series a lot and like this book better than the first because of the violent assault to a main character. It may have been a necessary assault, but it was not necessary for the reader to experience it as a victim. It is too traumatizing for those who have lived through it themselves. That said, this 2nd book in the trilogy allowed me to get to know the characters in greater depth. I find them all believable and care about their stories. I am glad a friend recommended this series to me. Now to open book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David W. Tetreault Manchester, NH USA 03-05-16
    David W. Tetreault Manchester, NH USA 03-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful continuation "

    Wonderful job continuing and expanding a fantastic modern fantasy epic. The addition of a whole extra genre was surprising and wonderful as well as the twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    motleysu Seattle, WA 12-12-15
    motleysu Seattle, WA 12-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nicely done"

    Love Simon Vance's work, and the Fionavsr Tapestry is no exception. I don't know how he does it, but he manages to convey the emotion of the story so effortless.

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    Sarah Anderson 09-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Listener Error"

    I read the first book in the series & loved it. Kay's writing elevates the genre in terms of both plot and style. The trilogy balances the knife edge between universal epic struggle and deeply personal character studies.

    My only fault with the Wandering Fire audio was that Simon Vance did not in any way fit the internal voices I had applied to the characters. I know this is, as the title of my post suggests, listener fault rather than narrator fault. However, it was enough for me to never really be able to dive into this book as I had with Summer Tree. In fact, I will be going back to read a print copy of this book before moving on to the trilogy's final book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-13-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-13-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Sorrow upon Sorrow -- and King Arthur, too"

    Things just get bleaker and bleaker in this second installment of "The Fionavar Tapestry". And the extremely dramatic story continues. I must admit that this is not my favorite of the books, and adding characters from the King Arthur legend seems just a bit too much. I think that this trilogy has not aged particularly well.

    I'll continue and finish the last volume, but Kay's ultra-dramatic and poetic approach to this heroic saga does not impress me as it did in the reading a number of years ago. I hadn't remembered just how humorless the whole business is!

    But Simon Vance is terrific.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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