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The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Aug 30, 2010

did not like it

This is the second book in the trilogy- The Fionovar Tapestry. As I mentioned in my review of the first book (The Summer Tree), this series is kind of wanna-be Lord of the Rings. I really like this author’s later books, but this trilogy (his first 3 books) is not so good.

I think he’s trying to be more literary than your average fantasy, but sometimes gets too cute for his own good. His writing is so opaque at times that it’s hard to figure out what’s going on. And there are so many characters that when he introduces even more characters, with no explanation as to who they are, it’s hard to tell if we’re supposed to already know these characters. And he’s got this annoying way of having characters suddenly know what they need to do to solve some problem; I found that to be a narrative cheat.

I’ll read the third book to see how things turn out, but I wouldn’t recommend these books to anyone. Do read Kay’s later books.

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