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In the conclusion of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, five university students from our world prepare to sacrifice themselves - as they enter into final battle against a power of unimaginable proportions.
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©2001 Guy Gavriel Kay (P)2009 Penguin

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  • Pie
  • Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 07-15-10

Well (and brightly) woven :)

A fitting end to an entirely bardic and BIG sort of tale.

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A moving title.

The mission to Cader Sedat was a success. Metran, the traitorous former First Mage of Brenin, has been slain and the Cauldron of Kath-Meigol has been destroyed. But the war against Maugrim is still ongoing. The Armies of Light have barely beaten back the first assault and only then with the intervention of the unpredictable Wild Hunt, led now by the child Finn. Meanwhile te voyagers from Cader Sedat must still sail back to Fionavar. Finally the quest of Kim Ford, that being to rescue the besieged Paraiko, the peaceable giants of Kath-Meigol, seems overtaken by disaster. And even if she wins through to the place where the giants are slowly and bloodlessly being put to death so as to avoid the ancient Blood Curse protecting their race, she may not be able to save them without also undoing them.
Into the midst of all this comes Darien, the child born of Jennifer Lowell, now revealed to in fact be Queen Guinevere of Camelot, and Rakoth Maurim himself, Devastated by Finn's unexpected departure and convinced that nobody wants him, the newest Andain seems bent on journeying to Starcadh, where he hopes his father will welcome him. Te board is set and te pieces upon it are moving toward the last move that will spell the end of the war one way or another. Can the Armies of Light withstand the overwhelming might of Maugrim? And what of Darien? Will he choose the Light and possibly save the lives of everyone else? Or will he embrace the darkness and make his father's victory complete?
Once again this was an excellent tale and a worthy conclusion to the Tapestry. And Simon Vance as usual does an excellent job bringing it to life. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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The best of this trilogy

This trilogy is not on a par with "Under Heaven" --also by Kay --but it is quite good. This is the best of the 3.

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  • Carole T.
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 08-14-12

Just Too ManyThreads!

It's a shame Guy Gavriel Kay didn't write his version of the Arthur legend. It's here, along with so many other bits and pieces of other mythologies (familiar and not so familiar). And that's the problem with "The Fionavar Tapestry" trilogy; there's just too much! It's impossible to completely follow or fully feel involved in the myriad threads of this tapestry. The reader (or listener) finds hints of Arthur, of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, of Greek, Norse, Roman, and Celtic myth.

Kay's language, always poetic, ranges from moving and high-flown to faintly ridiculous. Simon Vance presents it all with conviction, but the relentless drama and absolute lack of humor in this saga makes it, in the end, tedious and a little pretentious.

I will remain a fan of Guy Gavriel Kay, but I cannot recommend committing to "The Fionavar Tapestry".

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Marvellous production of a beautiful book

Simon Vance' s narration is unmatched. Tears fell like rain many times as I listened.

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Amazing Trilogy

The combination of author & narrator makes this Trilogy something magical. Yes, there are slow parts in each installment but the magic and magesty kept me hanging on to the end and immediatly buying and listening to the next book. The ending in surprisingly satisfying in a way that too many series never are.

Start with The Summer Tree and hang on through to this, The Darkest Road, you won't regret it.

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wow! what an amazing story well and truly woven.

excellent story with deep and rich characters. performance was amazing, all the voices truly crafted.

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A Tolkien like epic, inspiring, captivating and satisfying

True heroism, selfless love, and an amazing intricate world which, in this last book of the Fionavar trilogy, one desires to visit, p reaps to even stay. Kay's characters run deep and true, their development experienced through the entire trilogy is rich and full. The entire range of human experience is seen in these books, handled with grace, delicacy and such nuanced emotion, one is immersed in the story and lives lived. An inspiring, moving, and Very satisfying read. One looks forward to more exploring of Kay's work. Simon Vance has impressive talent portraying each character so very well, carrying his voice changes into each character, one recognizes who is speaking without being told, quite often.

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favorite book of all time and well performed

I love this book and the narration was fantastic. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

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Awesome Series

I never thought, when I picked up the first book in this series, I would love it so much. The story and the characters truly touched me and Simon's narration brought it home for me.

As I listened to this story, I felt as if I were being woven into it, and it pleased me to accompany these characters throughout their story. I recommend this series to any fan of fantasy fiction, who loves a story intertwined with historical references and wholesome themes.

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  • TomtheBaker
  • 06-30-17

Such a good book

Makes me cry. Intense story. No unnecessary filler. Not overly descriptive. Beautifully read by Simon Vance

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  • Jane
  • 12-01-14

The final chapter

If you could sum up The Darkest Road in three words, what would they be?

This is the final part of a beautiful trilogy, which it always breaks my heart to read. It's the 'loss of a dear friend' cliche, the last piece of a sublime bar of chocolate, the memory of an unfulfilled love...

What other book might you compare The Darkest Road to, and why?

I really can't think of anything to compare it too. The Tolkien at his best comment is lazy, yes it's not based in our 'world' but it's not a traditional fantasy novel, the characters are rich, humane and flawed, which makes them a pleasure to read

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Simon vance has a warm tone to his voice which it a delight to listen too

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are parts of this book which every time I read I cry during.

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  • Grant
  • 12-04-13

Amazing book. great nerator couldn't stop listenin

Would you consider the audio edition of The Darkest Road to be better than the print version?

no idea. can't see print

Who was your favorite character and why?

My fav character would have to be kim. every time she threw a new twist into the book.

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

He puts a lot of emotion into this book. it sounds like he enjoyed reading it just as much as I did listening to it.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a good laugh in parts of this book and there were a lot of sad ones to.

Any additional comments?

this is a great book. third of the series and they were all great