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Le Feu Vagabond (La Tapisserie de Fionavar, #2) (The Fionavar Tapestry #2)

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Sur une toile de fond où s’agitent magiciens, nains, guerriers, héros et héroïnes ressuscités des mythes les plus anciens, cinq jeunes Torontois doivent mener à bien leur mission cruciale : pour Kimberly, tirer les morts de leur repos ; porter le cor magique pour Dave ; introduire son propre fil dans la trame de la Tapisserie pour Paul, le Seigneur de l’Arbre de l’été ; de ...more
Published May 30th 2008 by Pygmalion (first published January 1986)
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mark monday
the second book in the Fionavar Tapestry is not quite as impressive as the first, but hey it's still pretty damn good. two things in particular stick out for me:

Sex. i love how this novel places sexuality at the center of much of its magic, both implicitly and explicitly. it is really refreshing. and not corny! i suppose that is the danger of including sex in fantasy - if its not done right, it is a trashy sex scene or, even worse, an eye-rolling tantric experience featuring new age nonsense tha
May 16, 2011 Sparrow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sparrow by: Kay
Shelves: monsters, reviewed
Okay, this story finally got me. Fiction takes life and crystallizes it. It boils down and simplifies, so that when real life is too overwhelming, I can remember what to filter out and what to hear. I can remember that the pining lovers reunite, the little girl grows into wisdom, the white horses win. The double-edged part of that sword is that it’s probably not true, it probably shouldn’t be true. But, sometimes stories don’t need to be true in order to be somehow necessary, I guess. I was in t ...more
5.0 stars. This is an incredible book and part two of an incredible series. Guy Gavriel Kay is one of the best writers working in any genre and his writing is both technically superb and deeply emotional. This series should definitely be on the "must read" list of any fan of epic fantasy.

Highly recommended!!
This, the second novel of the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, was truly amazing. The blending of Celtic mythology and Arthurian legend was artistry.

Vivid imagery and spectacular storytelling, this is Epic Fantasy at it's very best.

Best image: Diarmuid singing in battle. So very Celtic.

Best fight scene of all time: In Chapter 15, on the Plains near Adein. It surpasses any and all fight scenes of the myriad books I've read. It'll stay with me for a long time.

Everything about this book is fantastic an
By this point in reading the trilogy, you've probably decided whether you can bear with Guy Gavriel Kay's style or not -- whether you can be invested in his characters or not. If the answer is yes, then carry on: he won't disappoint you. If not, then... I don't think he will get your attention at all.

Less seems to happen in this book until the end: it's a time of waiting, of things coming together. If you're invested in the characters, though, there's plenty to worry about: Kim's dilemmas, wheth
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the second in a trilogy (The Fionavar Tapestry as you've already noticed). I noted in the review of the first volume that I tried to read these some years ago and really couldn't get into them.

Without giving any spoilers (something it can be difficult to accomplish and also say "why" you think or feel what you do about a book) this one stays (for me) in the "middle ground" area. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't really get into it either. I found my interest waxing and waning throughout.
Excellent read, even if it wasn't quite as good as book one. Review forthcoming after I finish the whole trilogy.
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

It’s been 1 years since I read The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay’s first novel and the first in his Fionavar Tapestry. I mentioned in the review for that book that I’m an adoring fan of Kay’s later stand-alone novels but that I found The Summer Tree derivative and heavy. I would have happily skipped its sequel, The Wandering Fire, but I had already purchased it at Audible, so I thought I’d give it a chance to win me over. Simon Vance, the narrator, is one o
Patti Henger
I could smooch Kay for including a summary of the first book in the preface. George RR Martin are you reading this?! The Song of Ice and Fire series could do with this format, especially since it is hard to re-read those massive books (for me anyway), combined with the issue of the time span between each installment. Perhaps my memory is worse than average. Anyway, Wikipedia is okay occasionally, but I feel an author's summary would include the appropriate rundown for what action is to come.

I r
This was probably the worst written book I've read by Kay--the story was good, the writing wasn't--which still leaves it above three quarters of the fantasy books written. Two primary criticisms. First, his regressing, telescoping narrative got very confusing. Hard to be sure when or where you were.

Second, the five human protagonists are way too quick picking up on arcania of a world totally different from their own. It's all just too easy.
2.5 stars. I rounded the first book to 3, so I'll round down with this and maintain the average.

Next up, The Darkest Road. If I can bear it.
Months have passed since Kim transported her Canadian companions back from Fionavar to our world, and Jennifer now carries the child of Rakoth Maugrim. She is determined, against her friends' advice, to bring the baby to term; to thwart her captor, and perhaps the Weaver herself, by bringing about an element of chance unforeseen. When Jennifer delivers her little bundle of defiance into the hands of a familiar loving family, Kim leads the group to England to summon once more the Warrior who has ...more
After careful consideration and some time between my feelings about the situation and finishing the book I need to address something that made me very angry. I'm sure I'll get a lot of flack for it, as anyone who addresses women's issues in a public forum often does, but I digress. The biggest flaw in my opinion can be summarized in one question, "What the hell happened to Jennifer?" Jennifer, as we all know, was raped by Rakoth Maugrim and gave birth to his unwanted child. It stands out. Its ho ...more
Sequel to The Summer Tree. More epic fantasy. It's the middle of a trilogy, so the evil becomes eviler and everyone maneuvers for the coming war.

Okay, I finally put my finger on something here.

What could he do though? What was in him to deny what had been laid down? These were dark times, maybe the very darkest times of all. He had been marked. His legs would walk even if his heart and courage stayed behind. It was better, he knew, to have the heart and soul go too, to make the offering run dee
Guy Gavriel Kay e a sua Tapeçaria de Fionavar marcaram uma geração, um género, um método. Ao criar algo em bruto, rudimentar, o escritor estava a dar a essa geração e a todas as que se seguiram um marco e um exemplo para tudo o que a Fantasia devia ser.
Depois de um primeiro volume cheio de novidades, profecias e aventuras, a viagem dos cinco amigos por Paras Derval atingiu o seu expoente e agora cada um tem uma missão que pode ou não salvar uma guerra contra o Mal que parece perdida. Por entre l
A disappointment, after the promise of book 1. It held my attention and I continued to care about the characters and appreciate the often beautiful writing, but the pacing fell apart. This is a bit of a common middle-book problem, so I am hopeful that it will improve in the final book. There were so many faux climactic scenes of the book that the author poured so much energy into that they feel forced. Not everything can be The Most Important, Tragic, Life-changing Thing, so please, please don't ...more
Elizabeth McDonald
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Just as much nonsense as the first book in the series with gratuitous Arthur-Lancelot-Guinevere thrown in. It's so crap it's laughable, GGK has tried to get every conceivable fantasy trope into this series, and all it does is make a complete mess.

There really isn't any coherent story, the protagonists lurch from scene to scene with no character development apart from they all suddenly develop mysterious!powers or are *beloved of the gods* or given *items of power*. Why five Canadians transporte
Rasmus Skovdal
The Wandering Fire, by Guy Gavriel Kay, second book in the Fionavar series, takes us back to a land of myth and mystery, heroes and villains, magic and wonder – yes, we're back in Canada!

Those who liked the first book will not find any surprises here, at least not on the surface of things.

Kay's excellent prose is back, a strange mix of clipped sentences and lots of ellipses, and high, formal language that, for the first few pages takes a bit of getting used to, but once it clicks everything is
There is something impressionistic about Kay's writing. So many ellipses, no filler, only short vignettes of people doing what they should do, being where they should be, each vignette a little too stiltedly 'epic', as if the previous setting had been enough to make every following gesture an act of drama.
Okay, okay. It works. It feels a bit like chess, or what I imagine chess to be - a myriad of characters, carefully groomed, some objects/symbols and a host of enemies. All these have to be ass
I find it difficult to review middle books, because so much of the reading experience depends on what came before and what will come after. So here are a few random thoughts.

Jennifer: My heart breaks for her and what she's gone through. I felt that both her fragility and her strength were shown in the book, which probably isn't all that easy to write. I'd guessed early on about her 'history' and I'm very interested to see what happens next (i.e. with The Third!)

Kim: Bit of a cliffhanger with her
I only got 2/3 through this... MAN is it bad

not only is GGK so creatively bankrupt that he opens this book with the other characters summoning in King fucking Arthur (no, not just a carbon copy like the dopple-Aragorn/Gandalf/Saurons of this trilogy. Literally, he pulls out King Arthur.), this Guy might be the most incompetent professional writer I've ever read. E.g. this gem on p 120,

"In the space before the cave were seven shadowy figures, and each of them bore a crown and rode a shadowy horse
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

I was frustrated during certain parts of this book. First of all, I didn't realize how much I was missing due to a lack of knowledge of mythology. At one point I went out to look up the book on Wikipedia, to see how much I needed to know about King Arthur to get by, and was blown away by all of the references I hadn't picked up on. Secondly, it was a little slow and almost on the boring side during some parts. I loved The Summer Tree, so that was a little disappointing
A good book but one that unfortunately has too many problems to make it as enjoyable as it could have been. The opening 100 pages of the book are confused in terms of time and narrative as Kay attempts to re-introduce characters who the readers ought to know well. Many events are repeated two or even three times simply to change the perspective but not to add any more detail or information. After the first section, events seem to pick up, but main characters are suddenly left in the background a ...more
I enjoyed the first book enough to read the second. It was a mistake. Things get stupid in this book. The girls are hardly in it and when they are, they're having sex with old men. And all of the younger males are having sex with goddesses and younger women. Fortunately, and to the author's credit, these scenes are not described. Okay, so that's an over-simplification, but I just wondered why any of that was necessary, and why it was so one-sided.

The characters aren't all that deep and just see
The second book of the Fionavar Tapestry feels by far the shortest, to me. That isn't to say not much happens -- a lot does happen, so much that it makes my head spin a little, but it feels quite short. Possibly because my copy is both slim and has bigger writing than the other books, which are both thicker and have tiny writing. Anyway!

The Wandering Fire really introduces the Arthurian thread, which is the newest thing. It's been hinted at and set up already in The Summer Tree, but it's in The
Kim Newland
It's worth noting that I started posting on goodreads so that I would have an outlet to talk about Kay's books, so they're going to be dominating my reading list for the foreseeable future. I fear that my praising prose will wear thin after awhile, but the fact remains that I am simply in awe of the brilliance of Kay's world-building and lush prose. Here he continues to weave all world's myths into a tale of the first world, Fionavar, as it struggles to survive against a long-dormant, ancient ev ...more
My rating for this book has nothing to do with the caliber of the writing (which is very good) or the sincere, tangible quality of the characters (which is thoroughly believable) or the fact that this book is just as good as it's predecessor (maybe even better). The five stars I gave this book are for the way this book made me feel. My heart soared and was shattered in equal measure and when I finished it, I burst into tears not really knowing why. That feeling right there is the exact reason wh ...more
This is just as much of a hot mess of overcomplicated mythology, far too many characters, and a wild mishmash of other people's legends, but at least there's less info dumping and more character development.

I still think an editor needed to sit Kay down and strip out approximately half the ideas he's got crammed in here. There's just too much backstory and too many different magic systems and gods and legends for the length of the book. There isn't enough current story to support the backstory,
I'm not sure what to make of this series. It is so completely different than Kay's more recent works, and while the first volume had several flaws of the first novel, the second volume is both less coherent, but more wildly enjoyable than the first. And I did enjoy this book, I just found it so over the top, it is like he was trying to take high fantasy and turn it up to eleven. A large cast, and practically everyone gets some enormously powerful, incredibly overwrought event that they are eithe ...more
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Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction. Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categoriz ...more
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The Fionavar Tapestry (3 books)
  • The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1)
  • The Darkest Road (The Fionavar Tapestry, #3)

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“It was Aileron who saw the light blaze in Arthur's face. The Warrior leaped from his horse down into the road and, at the top of his great voice, cried 'Cavall!'

Bracing his legs, he opened wide his arms and was knocked flying, nonetheless, by the wild leap of the dog. Over and over they rolled, the dog yelping in intoxicated delight, the Warrior mock growling in his chest. . . .
This is' asked Aileron with gentle irony, 'your dog?”
“Unless the perfidious wolves have the temerity to disobey the High King's plans, we should meet Shalhassan's forces by the Latham in mid-wood with the wolves between us. If they aren't,' Diarmuid concluded, 'we blame anyone and everything except the plan.” 11 likes
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