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The Wandering Fire (Fionavar Tapestry) [Paperback]

Guy Gavriel Kay
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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1 May 2001 Fionavar Tapestry (Book 2)

The second volume in Guy Gavriel Kay’s stunning fantasy masterwork, now reissued with the beautiful original cover art by Martin Springett.

As the evil of Rakoth Maugrim threatens the very existence of Fionavar, the five from our own world must cross over once again to play out their given roles: Kimberly to summon the dead from their rest and the undead to their doom; Dave to take his place in battle among the Dalrei of the Plain; Paul, Lord of the Summer Tree, once more to weave his own bright thread through the tapestry; Jennifer to become the agent of a timeless destiny; and Kevin to discover finally the part he is to play in the struggle to save the Weaver’s worlds from the Unraveller.

Guy Gavriel Kay’s classic epic fantasy plays out on a truly grand scale, and has already been delighting fans of imaginative fiction for twenty years.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (1 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451458265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451458261
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,282,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guy Gavriel Kay was born and raised in Canada. In 1974-5 he spent a year in Oxford assisting Christopher Tolkien in his editorial construction of J R R Tolkien's posthumously published THE SILMARILLION. He took a law degree at the University of Toronto on his return to Canada and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. Guy Gavriel Kay lives in Toronto

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‘The major fantasy work of the eighties’ Charles de Lint

‘THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY will be read and reread from many years to come’ Fantasy Review

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"'The Fionavar Tapestry' will be read and reread for many years to come"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars missing book 30 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
had books 1 & 3, needed this one to read the full story, held me in suspense, sorry to get to the end
Thanks for a good read
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The plot thickens! ( 1 Dec 2004
A sequel to The Summer Tree, this book continues the struggles of the cursed lands of Fionavar, where Maugrim's hordes chase all living things, trying to unravel the tapestry, to undo creation as they know it. The giants are attacked and killed by their hundreds, being creatures of peace and not finding it in their heart to save themselves, The Great Hunt ( a loan from Keltic lore) is summoned when it seems a fight is nearly lost, but he wild magic cannot be commanded and it brings destruction to all it encounters. A son leaves his mother to meet his winged companion and kin spirit, a unicorn and they fight fiercely together, ever diminishing the boy's powers..
Two of the worlds most famous fighters are brought into the world, Lancelot and Arthur. With them they bring Guinevere and the treachery and sad stories of old.
Together they unite against maugrim, but is it enough?

I read the book as spellbound and regard it as very good Fantasy! Kay continues to weave the tapestry more intricate by the page and creates a marvellous story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Simon Brooke VINE VOICE
Middle part of sub-Tolkien Holiday from Amerika trilogy, notable for interesting use material from teutonic and celtic myth, including sacrifice of young man to the sexual aspect of the Goddess. Also interesting use of the Wild Hunt, and integration of Matter of Britain material. What makes me think he was brought up on The Wierdstone of Brisingamen? Could it be because all the themes of that book are here in spades?
This, together with the rest of the Fionavar trilogy, is good, interesting and complex fantasy, but nothing like as good as Kay's later work, such as Tigana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wandering Fire 29 May 2014
By Merissa
This is the second book of the Fionavar Trilogy and it just keeps getting better and better.

This book makes me laugh but also makes me cry ... every time! I won't give out any spoilers but all I will say is that I can't read a whole section in one go without wiping the tears from my eyes. Call me a sap but I love it when I get so involved with a book that I can be made to cry, especially if it's not the first time I've read the book.

Two additions to this book might not sit well with some people and that is of the characters of Arthur and Lancelot. Personally I liked their appearance and it didn't come as a surprise.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 13 Jan 2000
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Quite simply, Guy Gavriel Kay is the best fantasy author around. Even in this, one of his earlier books, he is capable of injecting more reality than any other author. He writes complex characters who have believable motives - never the 2-dimensional puppets that occur in a lot of modern fantasy. He writes with poetry and passion and makes you care for his characters - nothing more could be asked of an author
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