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The Wandering Fire

The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 2
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (572 ratings)

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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.

Critic Reviews

"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

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!??

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  • Brenda
  • DeWinton, AB, Canada
  • 08-27-12

'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.

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  • Momoevi
  • Arlington, VA, United States
  • 02-18-12

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!

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  • Sherry
  • United States
  • 11-23-18

better than the first

not for me. felt like a bad mix of the lion the witch and the wardrobe and the once and future king. focus on interactions that aren't very impactful to the story and speeding through action scenes that could have been epic in nature. a touch of fate and God intervention but the fate is really weak or fluid. fate isn't really a sale point of interest to me in this book.

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loved it is a book even better as in audio<br />

I read this book as a child and loved it then even now with an audiobook it makes it even better the reader has such a command of voices that the book comes to life highly highly recommended

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Good book, narrator is a bit too poetic

I love the content, but I found Simon Vance’s narration to be a bit too... poetic? He reads with a sense of meter, which is cool at first, but it quickly becomes the focus, and takes away from the substance of the text itself.

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Fantasy so deep you can feel it.

When first I read this in the early 90's I was taken to a world I hadn't known existed. It was so much like Tolkien yet much more revealing. It spoke to my very soul. It kindled my true love of fantasy. I have read it many times since. Every time my minds eye is taken to a new and different world. To listen it was a wonderful experience in itself. You will not regret getting this book, it will change the way you see fantasy.

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one of my favourite books of all time

I love this book. It's part of my favourite series by my favourite author and the well done audible allows me to enjoy anywhere.

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  • GlennC
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 08-07-16

such a joy to listen to

this series of books is such a joy to listen to. I read them years ago and it's a pleasure listening to them this time and enjoying them all over again.

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enjoyed this one

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

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  • Brian Russell
  • 11-03-18

Great story. maintaining the pace of first book

Characterisation and interwoven story telling at its best. Really builds on the first book and leaves you desparate for the last book in the trilogy