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The fionavar Tapestry - beyond your wildest dreams,
This review is from: The Darkest Road (Fionavar Tapestry) (Paperback)
I hunger for good fantasy and sci fi and when I get it I devour it. I feel sorry for those previous reviewers who didn't finish the book. I must admit I almost fell into that trap. When I first read this first book of the Fionavar Tapestry, the Summer Tree, I found the initial premis of 5 people being transported to another world a little... hard to swallow. My common sense just kept screaming at me - this would never happen!I also couldn't keep all the characters straight, they all seemed to be doing pointless things that made no sense. I felt very much like a child trying in vain to follow her perants conversation. I put it down in exasperation...
Then I went back to it when I ran out of books and that was the only unread book on my shelf and... oh my god... I'm so glad I did. It is without doubt THE BEST trilogy I have ever read.. and reread, and reread. (And believe me I have read quite a lot.)
That's the great thing about the Fionavar Tapestry, you can reread it time and again and still glean something more, a nuance, a twist that you missed before. Alot of the emotional stuff - especially regarding one of the main characters Paul, and his inability to grieve for his dead girlfriend - in the first book, is disjointed and doesn't gel, until you've read the whole trilogy, then gone back and reread it again. Suddenly a cosmic wow goes through your brain and the whole trilogy unlocks before you and the richness and vivacity of this tale and the pain and terrible tradgedy of its main characters takes on a whole new world of meaning, 'new avenues to sorrow' to quote Kay himself. If you thought Tigana was poiniant then I defy you to(re)read this trilogy and not be reduced to tears again and again. Especially when we meet Darrien, a soul so lost, so alone, so unsure, so 'ultimately poised bewteen light and dark', with the hardest, most important choice of all to make, of all the children in all the worlds... and all he wants is to be loved... A tradgic tapestry of a tale.