Fionavar Tapestry Omnibus  Tpb by Guy Gavriel KayFionavar Tapestry Omnibus  Tpb by Guy Gavriel Kay

Fionavar Tapestry Omnibus Tpb

byGuy Gavriel Kay

Paperback | October 10, 1995

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Celebrated worldwide as a fantasy classic since the release of The Summer Tree (Book I in the series), The Fionavar Tapestry has conjured up sales of more than 100,000 in Canada, and has been translated into 12 languages.

No Canadian work in the field of fantasy fiction has ever come close to achieving the international impact of The Fionavar Tapestry. Now available in a single volume, this new edition of the celebrated trilogy is sure to create new worlds of Guy Gavriel Kay fans.

Guy Gavriel Kay, fantasy writer, was born November 7, 1954 in Canada. He studied law at the University of Toronto. He became interested in fantasy fiction while working as an assistant to Christopher Tolkien. He assisted him with the editing of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Silmarillion." His first fantasy novels were The Summer Tree, The Wa...
Title:Fionavar Tapestry Omnibus TpbFormat:PaperbackDimensions:792 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.98 inPublished:October 10, 1995Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0006479502

ISBN - 13:9780006479505

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its okay... I love the Fantasy genre and this just doesn't cut it. There are not enough unique elements in this book. It relies too much on characters and races that were developed in Lord of the Rings, everything from the dwarfs to the race of light to the king...I didn't find the work had very many original ideas. The one redeeming element to this book is the intertwining of Arthurian lore and legend, which made it interesting. Other than that...disappointed. There are far better fantasy books out there.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the book and the Author This was my first Kay book, and since then I have gone on to read all of his books. I love his stories. For the lovers of the book don't forget to read Ysabel next!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this I still love Tigana more but I also enjoyed this. I looking forward to exploring more from this author.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this trilogy! This is my go to series when I am looking for something to read and nothing else appeals to me. The story of Kevin, Paul, Jennifer, Kim and Dave brought me to tears sometimes. I convinced my husband to read it and he also loved it.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great trilogy I was hooked from the first book!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This is by far my favourite book of all time. I had to read it for a fantasy fiction course in university and so was a little wary about how much I might like it but WOW. This book is compelling and well developed, the complexity is amazingly executed and it is just a thoroughly addictive and fantastic read!
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner I was given this trilogy for Christmas by a friend. I was not sure I would enjoy fantasy, but having nothing to do one night I started to read, and I could not put it down.
Date published: 2008-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute MUST READ fantasy! Kay has a wonderfully smooth, poetic writing style that lends itself perfectly to weaving the rich mythology of this tale. The reader becomes utterly immersed in the land of Fionavar through its peoples, its history and its magic. Unforgettable characters and unending adventure make this an epic fantasy that easily rivals The Lord of The Rings! This is a MUST READ for any fantasy lover!
Date published: 2008-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book, it was so epic. The characters were so easy to love and to hate.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Fabulous... I don't understand how this trilogy got such mixed reviews - like Tolkien, either you love it intensely or think it's boring as hell. I am one of the people who LOVED this trilogy, and I rarely read fantasy. I liked the characters, I liked the plot, and I think Kay has a very elegant and poetic writing style, which I enjoyed. One of those books where you can't let anyone else tell you what to think- read it and form your own opinion! (That said, I would like to wholeheartedly endorse this book!)
Date published: 2007-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Canadian Masterpiece If you have finished with Tolkein and Lewis, this triology should be your next read. While the scope of the world may not be as epic as Tolkein (and several other modern works), the characters are richer than any others I have encountered. Kay uses the world transportation device to a far greater end than does Donaldson. The characters in this triology can be connected to easily and deeply. The plot is not simply good vs. evil, nor is it as predictable as those of Goodkind and Modesitt. The first novel is not quite on the level of the other two, but nonetheless, all three are examples of a mastering of almost-epic fantasy.
Date published: 2007-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! One of the best books I've read all year. Fantasy at it's finest. A must-read for all fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2007-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Fantasy at its Finest At the recommendation of a close friend who knew I enjoyed the genre, I picked up this epic. Now I can teach Tolkien's epics at the University level, so greatly did I enjoy that material, and became immersed in it. But this...this is simply a masterpiece of a Tapestry! From the superb and deep characters to the rich injection of modern historical fiction into the story, from the dangerous plot twists and the artful threads woven together to form a satisfying conclusion, complete with all loose ends tied, this book is a must-read. I have just read the Da Vinci Code, with it's masterful weaving and thoughts of Fionavar immediately popped into my head. Has this happened to anyone else who's enjoyed Kay's finest work?
Date published: 2005-04-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Underwhelming, even aggravating In the hands of a better writer, the world of Fionavar and the story of the six Torontonians who enter it could have made for a really brilliant book. Instead, after a promising beginning, The Fionavar Tapestry kept astounding me with the new levels of badness it was capable of reaching. Despite having worked on compiling J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, Kay lacks one of Tolkien's most important virtues: how to mix modern characters with 'heroic' ones while maintaining psychological and anthropological credibility. In this book, the characters from Toronto and the characters from Fionavar both alternate between, on the one hand, speaking and acting like contemporary North American twentysomethings and, on the other hand, using a stilted speech that Kay seems to think is archaic but that comes off like cheesy Dungeons and Dragons shtick. Kay's prose lacks anything like the terseness that gives heroic seriousness to adventure in Middle Earth or in Ursula LeGuin's Ear
Date published: 2002-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WoW! What an epic! If you loved 'Lord of the Rings' you'll love this one even more! Kay does an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life, Fionavar is more lush then Middle Earth. By the end you are so wound up in the story you forget it is a story. I can't think of a better way to spend a week-end then with this book. A must read, and a bonus because Kay is Canadian!
Date published: 2002-04-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Read The Hobbit instead. The Fionavar Tapestry was Guy Gavriel Kay's sad attempt to be JRR Tolkien, except Kay added (1) an uninspired fantasy world seeming to span no more than a few kilometres (2) an overblown, self-important plotline and (3) a group of the most ridiculously self-righteous and irritating characters I've ever encountered in a fantasy novel.
Date published: 2002-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it and then read it again... Can you believe I tried many times reading Tolkien and could not (for whatever reason) but this one I simply adored. I guess the main reason is that it starts with 5 ordinary people, students at Toronto University. Right there in the first pages, I was hooked. The writing is beautiful, very poetic, the characters are believable, and I could not put the books down, for wanting to know what was going to happen. The best thing is that I read it a second time some two years after my first experience, and I could not help crying again. I suppose the secret is that it is very human with a lot of suffering... When people ask me about my favorite book (and I have read a lot in my life) this one is my answer. Don't miss it!
Date published: 2001-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forever Memorable Very rarely (if ever) do I read a book that gets me this involved with the characters. Twice, I had to put it book down to cry. I still grieve for some of the characters as if they were real. But the books are so much more than the characters: the finely woven stories wrap themselves around you. I've read all of Guy Kay's books, and am looking forward to his next publication.
Date published: 2001-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! There are few books that transport a reader in to its pages, let alone make you a part of its pages. I have never before shared the happiness and pain of characters like these, as I laughed with them, and cried with them. This book is not a just a book, it is a world that a I lived in.
Date published: 2001-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is great! This is the best book (or books) I've ever read. The character development is amazing, and right form the beginning you are drawn into the book, and it's impossible to put down! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent fantasy novel.
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome!! This was one of the most extrordinary pieces of canadian and fantasy literature that has ever been bestowed upon me, I especially loved the way the author split the characters into different realms all to their own and told their stories one by one, this book was highly entertaining and i would recomend it to anyone who has a love for ,adventure, romance and mystique .
Date published: 2000-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible - One of the Best I've Ever Read!! I've read *many* fantasy books, but not since the J.R. Tolkein have I read something that made me feel as I did while reading this book! To be fair, I found the first 100 pages to be rather contrived, and almost put the book down. Thank Goodness I didn't! It seemed that after that first 100 pages, the author's writing style matured, and it turned into one of the best, if not THE best book I have ever read. I cried several times (unheard of!) and couldn't put it down. The use of language was absolutely beautiful, and didn't detract at all from the storyline, instead, it added depth and matched the tone of the story. I recommend this book to anyone who desires a book which not only tells a heartwrenching, multi-layered story, but also rips your heart out with the beautiful imagery and intense storyline.
Date published: 2000-10-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Am I missing something? I got this book about 5 months ago, and I still haven't finished it. On the advice from a friend I bought it and honestly, I regret it. I've finished the first "book" in this series and I don't understand the great reviews. From what I've read, it's slow, the characters (on the exception of Paul) are uninteresting, and the story itself doesn't compell me at all. More on the characters: I don't believe their reactions to events. It seems unnatural and 1 dimensional. They aren't rich personalities, and they seem to hold NONE of the qualities that usually endears the reader to them. (My opinion only) The language on it's own is beautiful though, but if you're not into poetry then I'd think otherwise on this book. Maybe it'll get better as I read on, but until I'm bored outta my mind, it'll sit on my bookshelf collecting dust.
Date published: 2000-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This book is one of the best I've read since Melanie Rawn's double trilogy! The story, characters, and book itself are GREAT!
Date published: 2000-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fionavar Tapestry With life-like characters, an epic tale that gets better by the page, written in a style that Tolkien would be proud of, how could this not be the best book ever made? Kay has a gift for dialogue and description which draws the reader so far into the tale that it will have you laughing out loud and crying in grief (a cliche, I know, but accurate). The story, which traces the struggles of five people through a land beset by evil, gives traditional fantasy themes a new twist, and should be the book against which all other novels of the genre are measured.
Date published: 2000-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique fantasy The Fionavar Tapestry is the best fantasy I've read in a long time. It's got a unique twist on the genre, it's not just the same old Tolkien-rewrite which a lot of fantasies seem to be. It may look familiar to start, but then he throws in an interesting kink that changes it all and makes you think. It's one of those books I'll be picking up again in a year or so to reread!
Date published: 2000-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very satisfying read. A broad, sweeping epic that brings a wonderful fantasy world to life through its characters. Brilliant use of human perspectives on the events in this fantasy world and which bonds us to these characters. A very satisfying read.
Date published: 1999-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book is absolutely amazing. If you know how to read, read this book!
Date published: 1999-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fionavar Tapestry A fabulous fantasy trilogy! The books revolve around five young students from the University of Toronto who are transported into another world in order to save it from destruction. Throughout their journey, all five discover powers and strengths they never knew they had. The book is available in a single volume, or individually under the titles The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road. I especially enjoyed the insertion of some of the Arthurian legend, and would recommend any other books by this fabulous Canadian author.
Date published: 1999-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a book! If you like fantasy books (and even if you don't!) pick this one up. Mr. Kay has created a wonderful world, and beautifully explains the wondrous events that unfold there. And it begins in Toronto of all places! I have never read anything that has so captivated my mind, as the Fionavar Tapestry.
Date published: 1999-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fionavar Tapestry The best trilogy since Tolkein's, bar none. Kay's characters are the most real of any I have read in any genre. The ending is sure to bring a tear to anyone's eye, even if it is just because the tale is finished and no longer part of your world.
Date published: 1999-05-10

From Our Editors

When Guy Gavriel Kay's Summer Tree was first published, critics were quick to liken it to The Lord of the Rings. It was ripe with the same mystical elements and epic proportions as Tolkien's watermark. Then The Wandering Fire, the second instalment in the Finovar Tapestry trilogy, took things to the next level, bringing together warriors, wizards, spirits and other alternative beings to further the tale of five young adventurers on a quest through the mystical land. Everything came together perfectly for The Darkest Road, the series' absorbing finale. Now all three can be enjoyed together in The Finovar Tapestry Omnibus.  

Employee Review

FROM: The Best Book I Ever ReadWith life-like characters, an epic tale that gets better by the page, written in a style that Tolkien would be proud of, how could this not be the best book ever made? Kay has a gift for dialogue and description which draws the reader so far into the tale that it will have you laughing out loud and crying in grief (a cliche, I know, but accurate). The story, which traces the struggles of five people through a land beset by evil, gives traditional fantasy themes a new twist, and should be the book against which all other novels of the genre are measured.