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The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Dec 03, 11

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There are a few books that I have read that affected me so much that they even changed the way I think. Kay's books all helped me become a better writer, but it was this book that taught me nuance, subtlety and the beauty of prose.

It's not perfect. I have some issues with the transition from our world to Fionavar. Namely, I thought the characters were too accepting of the whole idea of magic and I also found the lack of a language barrier to be implausible.

The character of Paul touched me deeply. I was in a dark place at the time and his utter misery and self-loathing resonated with me. So, too, did the story of his best friend Kevin who cared so deeply about him.

The Fionavar Tapestry is about incredible acts of heroism and self-sacrifice. It's about the defiance of good in a world on the brink of falling into darkness.

And it is about five people who stumble into that world and are each changed at their core.
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