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The need of Fionavar and all the worlds was great indeedAnd in a marvelous land of men and dwarves of wizards and gods and of the Unraveller and his minions of Darkness Kimberly Dave Jennifer Kevin and Paul discovered who they were truly meant. 435 A buddy read with the awesome Kay Suad Fantasy Buddy Reads Group Every time I pick up a book by GGK I am filled with anticipation almost eual to that of children opening presents on Christmas Day morning The first night of Hanukkah A time of celebration of the soul despite not being sure if it will live up to the expectations at the end I have been very lucky for now and everything I have had the pleasure of reading by him has brought me much pleasure than disappointment However this book was written much earlier than the ones I have previously read so I was a bit worried going in to it There are kinds of action for good or ill that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behavior that they force us in acknowledging that they have occurred to restructure our own understanding of reality We have to make room for them From the start I jumped into an alternate universe together with the five young ish Earth inhabitants Kevin Kim Jessica David and Paul following a Mage of Fionavar the the prime creation which all the others imperfectly reflect This First and most ancient world where magic and G ds still have their place and swords and bows are the most technologically advanced weaponry an Evil old and powerful Rakoth the Unraveller stalks the daily lives of Royalty and peasants drying up the earth and burning off the crops starving the cattle and putting a stranglehold on folks livelihoods It is imprisoned beneath a mountain and kept there by the Guardian Stones which blue lights show that it has not freed itself yet But its tentacles are already working on the outside world and omens show that the time of its freedom and the war of Good vs Evil will follow Alluding and attacking summoning a courage embodying a gallantry of defiance that hurt to see it was so noble and so doomed This whole book is a set up for the upcoming war establishing the characters of the participants and delineating the battle lines An old King who has ruled for many years has refused several times to sacrifice himself on the Summer Tree in order to placate the local G d to end the drought his older son has been exiled for wanting to take his father s place as the sacrificial lamb thus implying that his father was not doing what is best for his people This is treason so he is disinherited and exiled from the castle The younger son a gorgeous but irresponsible womanizer and a rake is the hair designate and he and one of the mages Loren Silvercloak and his companionpower source interesting magical buddy system the Dwarf King Matt S ren bring the Five Canadians over for the celebrations of the Kings rain thus involving them in the court intrigues as well as in the overall war of primary powers None of them come to the last chapter of the book unaffected by one thing or another giving them reasons to grow and choose sides We salvage what we can what truly matters to us even at the gates of despair There are magical creatures dwarfs flying Unicorns and gigantic black swans with carnivore teeth There are things that would reminds Fantasy fans of C S Lewis JRR Tolkien and R Jordan all of it somewhat dated by the heavy influences of the time it was written in the 80 s There are many little flaws some not so polished dialogues and some purposeful and not so purposeful ambiguities but the one thing that made me forget all of those things is the signature GGK prose Even in this early work the power of his wordsmithing is overwhelming He can pack a sentence with meaning and emotion on par with the all time greatest He has a cadence of storytelling that sweeps you in the story almost against your will making you feel like a child being told an intricate tale of magic made accessible by its melody than the story line itself The moment and manner of telling are the apex of the experience making you giddy with the enchantment of it You are willing to forgive a lot from an author who can gift you with such wonder Ah Malka she murmured at last I wish I were wiser What is the use of living so long if one hasn t grown wise The cat pricked up her ears but preferred to continue licking a paw rather than address herself to so thorny a uestion This is not the best book I have read by Kay but it is a very good beginning to a trilogy and I can t wait to find out how it all works out Thank you to all the awesome friends from the Kay Suad Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many wonderful books to come Cotas Claim eual to that of children opening presents on Christmas Day morning The first night of Hanukkah A time of celebration of the soul despite not being sure if it will live up to the The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, expectations at the Pamięć - brzemię i uwolnienie. 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The Summer Tree

It all began with a lecture that introduced five university students to a man who would change their lives a wizard who could take them from Earth to the heart of the first of all worlds Fionavar And take them Loren Silvercloak did for his need. I read this book for one of my group challenges and I m so glad I did as it was awesome Happy Reading Mel

Summary The Summer Tree

To be For the five were 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 when the Unraveller unleashed his wrath upon the worl. This will serve as my review of the entire Fionovar Tapestry Spoiler pearl clutchers beware there be dragons of plot and theme reveals hereConfession I am a bit of a Reuiem fanatic I own several versions of the Verdi the Mozart the Brahms and copies of the Cherubini Berlioz Dvorak and Benjamin Britten Reuiems and I am always looking for I am fascinated with each and every one of them personally but when it comes time to try and explain my obsession to someone else I always play them the one that seems to translate its meaning to everyone Verdi s Reuiem for Alessandro ManzoniIn order to show this to my boyfriend I took him to a performance of the Verdi last year at the Kennedy Center To be honest he mostly sat there with a polite so when can I go to the bathroom look on his face through the opening Kyrie I was starting to worry about what kind of really horrid sci fi B movie I was going to have to sit through to make up for putting him through this but not for very long The minute the chorus hit the Daes Irae he practically leapt out of his chair with excitement at its awesomeness He was a percussionist for many years and he spent the rest of the movement happily drumming out the beats of Hell and Damnation gasping with the screaming descent of the chorus falling into the abyss anticipating Verdi s next lightning strike of devilish terrorAnd then the main Daes and the call to Judgment of the Tuba Mirum ended succeeding to the soaring solos and pleading instruments of the Liber Scriptus the uid sum miser and so on But he wasn t happy until the Daes returned sitting tense until he heard the shocking first slam on the timpani announcing the theme and then leaning forward in his seat again as happy as a clam I believe the young Guy Gavriel Kay was also a Daes Irae only man The Fionavar Tapestry is an epic old school style fantasy trilogy It is not only epic it is the most epic thing to ever epic in this whole epic universe man And you might think I m making fun of the book but that really is sort of its point It s meant to gather in as many mostly Western let s be honest heroic archetypes stories and uests as possible into one overwhelming tale that tells all the tales that have ever been told at their peak of beauty elegance and emotion Hence the name focus and dominant images of the tale the tapestry the weaver the loom threads snipping spinning binding winding Fionavar is known to fans of Guy Gavriel Kay s work as the central world of all worlds there are and is essentially Heaven on Earth We may live many lives with many flaws problems and could have beens but in Fionavar we will finally live the life we were meant to We will meet again in Fionavar my love in Fionavar This tale shows us the price of building that heavenThis grand tale however cannot happen without five ordinary Canadian citizens who turn out to be necessary for the tale to progress A mage named Loren Silvercloak and his source the former dwarf king Matt S ren lure them to their world on the promise of two weeks of fun and of course it turns out that they are needed for much much They are lead through incredible adventure after adventure throughout the three books finding their places in this new world as they participate in or witness incredible feats of bravery sacrifice and heroism that pile one on top of the other in glorious succession for three books right down until nearly the very last page of conclusionAnd all that action packed exhilarating action is essentially why I can never really adore these books the way that I adore the rest of Kay s work the Daes Irae or the Hallejuah Chorus if it happens to be a brief happy moment being played at full volume without pause or interludeKay is just far too demanding of his readers in this book In this epic of epics he constantly presents us with yet another mythical figure piece of magic old it must be old to be revered legend coming true every few pages then spends the next few pages demanding that we stand in awe of his creations Each character is beautiful perfect shining than the last or alternately has committed acts dastardly and terrifying than could ever be contemplated It is tempting to dismiss this as merely teenage Mary Sue writing but I m aware that isn t the point He s trying to draw on the force of so many old legends of our own world and reach something inside us all that respond to these ancient stories by reminding us how deeply important they are He wants to remind us why the essence of these things are so importantIt s just exhausting and unfortunately after awhile it does get to be a little eyeroll inducing especially when all the Magical Objects of Power just turn up at convenient moments as Deus Ex Machina and sometimes that s literal This thing is all about the plot the plot was just embarrassing at times Even when he s trying to be funny he has to surround a brief light moment with pages of stuff justifying it s deeper meaning He tries to use the five Canadians to show us how to react properly with awe and respect but it just doesn t work for me One of the major things that bothers me about this trilogy is how ACCEPTING everyone is of things how REVERENT they are of this story Everyone just seems to accept that they should drop everything for this story they ve fallen in to no one thinks to tell family back home when characters die in the other world I think he missed a great opportunity to both connect people into the story and explore some cool ideas about the values of modern culture and the stories we tell ourselves now American Gods style but better I wish he had given me that way to connect to the characters because honestly I felt like three out of The Five weren t even really given a personality poor Jennifer and Kim got shafted and Kevin was reduced to a couple of adjectives They were taken over by what they were supposed to represent which I understand to a certain degree but they re also supposed to be people That is supposed to be the pathos of the whole thing I can t cry over someone if they re just a camera angle for me 90% of the time just telling me how awed I should be Kay really did mostly fail at the thing that I usually love about his writing the deeply human inner aspect of his characters and their actions how those things make up a resonating storyThat s what I needed here I need a little Ingemisco a little Lux Aeterna in my life I need some Chopin Nocturnes some Bach Cello Suites I want some variation in tone volume emphasis some ambiguity in what I should be thinking and feeling while I m reading I want that extensive inner contemplation that shows me why a person does what he does that s the thing to observe reverently It s just as epic as any other kind of piece but observed within and spoken aloud in a whisper uietly discreetly Then you can show me the epic battle and expect me to care about everyone involved I only really saw this in two places in the trilogy one major one minor with flaws The major one was entirely in The Summer Tree Paul s backstory of despair which is why that one got four stars and the others three his doomed love for a talented musician named Rachel and the endless torture he puts himself through for the tangle that their relationship became We re taken from the middle to the beginning to the end of his pain in such an amazingly sensitive and deeply felt way his nights on the Summer Tree are just achingly beautiful and you feel every reason he s there with every line But then that done he seems to just give it up until the end Then it s all magical powers and flying unicorns gifts of goddesses and Big Ass Swords Plot plot plot things things things who cares Speaking of plot I have to mention this too I was actually kind of disturbed by what he put Jennifer through for the sake of his plot developmentgiving her moral invulnerability I ve always thought that he used sex for interestinggood things in his books but not here I just can t justify it the showing of the unspeakably horrible things that happened to her and especially the tone of the telling did not eual their storytelling value Again Kay ramped it up to full screaming volume and it made me close my eyes not listen closer It made me uestion the relationship of women and sex in his books all over again and not in a good wayBut in any case back to my major issue with the book Eventually I know that he came to understand the power of the inner world over the twenty page long sword fight and I see the beginnings of that here but he just hadn t gotten there yet He was still too in love with the stories and not yet with the people inside the stories I certainly understand that these are the most amazing stories in the world for a reason and weave spells over us accordingly Kay has Arthur I had my Beauty and the Beast stories We all have that irrational attachment to stories before we start to ask too many uestions of them or look at them in a different way That s Kay in these books He s too excited about sharing every story he knows with us to just sit down and coherently tell us one story that really mattersI ve always loved reading pre masterwork pieces of my favorite authors watching their ideas develop I can see the beginnings of some of my favorite books here That s exciting That s wonderfulBut he just can t uite hear the rest of the music properly yet


10 thoughts on “The Summer Tree

  1. says:

    this is a wonderful novel it is hard to love at first sometimes you get to know people who seem automatically awkward whose social style is stilted composed of uotes from movies or off putting attempts to be clever insisting on repeating tired tales who seem eager to please yet incapable of easy connection but you get to know them over time and those trappings fall away the awkwardness fades and they become real three dimensional

  2. says:

    I read this book for one of my group challenges and I’m so glad I did as it was awesome Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  3. says:

    “There are kinds of action for good or ill that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behaviour that they force us i

  4. says:

    The first thought I had when I read the description was Gawd not again groaning moaning I've read attempted to read enough Tolkien wannabes with elves orcs and swords and had enough Then I read extremely favorable reviews on GR about this book It piued my curiosity Wait what? This is how Tolkien should be written??What theFrankly upon fini

  5. says:

    Five Canadian college students are transported to a magical kingdom and all of them are pretty blasé about it Their lack of reaction

  6. says:

    435 A buddy read with the awesome Kay Suad Fantasy Buddy Reads Group Every time I pick up a book by GGK I am filled with anticipation almost eual to that of children opening presents on Christmas Day morning The first night of Hanukkah A time of celebration of the soul despite not being sure if it will live up to the expe

  7. says:

    This will serve as my review of the entire Fionovar Tapestry Spoiler pearl clutchers beware there be dragons of plot and theme reveals hereConfession I am a bit of a Reuiem fanatic I own several versions of the Verdi the Mozart the Brahms and copies of the Cherubini Berlioz Dvorak and Benjamin Britten Reuiems and I am alw

  8. says:

    ”But above all he could wait wait as the cycles of men turned like the wheel of stars as the very stars shifted pattern under the press of ye

  9. says:

    Buddy read with the fabulous Kay Suad at FBRAn amazing masterpiece by a brilliant writerWhit this book Kay manages to give you a story in which you can get lost and forget yourself reading for hours on end Five university students embark on a

  10. says:

    I'm of two minds with this work I think I'd rather give this one a 35 on sheer enjoyability having the reaction that I'd read this all before and it's pacing was slow slow slow but after having read it and having some thoughts as to what Kay was trying to accomplish I'm revising it up to a solid 4There is a lot to love in this novel but unfortunately it takes a long time for it to develop and ripen Right off t

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