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DOWNLOAD ⚷ The Summer Tree Ü The first volume in Guy Gavriel Kay s stunning fantasy masterworkFive men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds They have been called there by the mage Loren Silvercloak, and quickly find themselves drawn into the complex tapestry of events For Kim, Paul, Kevin, Jennifer and Dave all have their own part to play in the coming battle against the forces of evil led by the fallen god Rakoth Maugrim and his dark hordesGuy 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 I m of two minds with this work I think I d rather give this one a 3.5 on sheer enjoyability, having the reaction that I d read this all before, and it s pacing was slow, slow, slow, but after having read it and having some thoughts as to what Kay was trying to accomplish, I m revising it up to a solid 4.There is a lot to love in this novel, but unfortunately, it takes a long time for it to develop and ripen Right off the bat, I noticed that this was taking an old trick that so much Fantasy a I m of two minds with this work I think I d rather give this one a 3.5 on sheer enjoyability, having the reaction that I d read this all before, and it s pacing was slow, slow, slow, but after having read it and having some thoughts as to what Kay was trying to accomplish, I m revising it up to a solid 4.There is a lot to love in this novel, but unfortunately, it takes a long time for it to develop and ripen Right off the bat, I noticed that this was taking an old trick that so much Fantasy and much SF seems almost Required , coming from the late seventies and eighties I m referring to the need to pull ordinary people from our modern world and putting them dab square in a Fantasy I m looking at you, Donaldson and Zelazny I don t like it I never really have The character s lives are usually unremarkable in the real world and using them as a hook in a Fish Out Of Water tale tends to get very old, very quickly Too much time is spent acclimating the reader into either a rich tapestry of mythos and worldbuilding, or a flat and slow slog through old themes done YET AGAIN.This one starts out that way, and I groaned I truly don t mind being thrown head first into a rich tapestry without any foreplay, and that is what I love most about modern Fantasy titles I call it respect for the reader Drawing out a tale to poke the butterflies and unicorns or to see how grand the King and Kingdom is as a modern yokel just bores the living shit out of me That being said, this novel wasn t too bad It was slow and the general pacing could have been much improved, whether by actual plot or just the illusion of things happening, but once I got over that, I discovered that the whole book was nothingthan a novel about character discovery There s a good deal of Tolkeinish things going on, including names and events we aren t privy to yet, and may never be We ve got standard Fantasy tropes everywhere we look It s not really about that It s about the character growth.Something big does happen, but it sof a prelude to the rest of the novels What really struck me as Important in this read was the language that Kay used I m not referring to dialogue The dialogue was functional No, I m referring to the placement of words, the economy, and the sheer beauty of what was being conveyed If I wanted a rip roaring fantasy tale, I came to the wrong place If I wanted beautifully written prose, minus the dialogue, then I definitely hit the lottery I got into the book by this door, and it continued to surprise and amaze The characters who first started pretty flat began showing grand definition by way of their actions They grew Some of them grew a lot Others just grewpowerful.There weren t any glowing light shows or epic battles, save for a few economical scenes that were positively Spartan or even Hemingway in their brevity, and I might have taken umbrage at that, because I like exciting scenes, but they were written pretty and evocative, if short, and they were good enough that I couldn t help being extremely impressed.It took a long time to get into this novel, but I ll give it this Once I did get going, I was good to go I m now in a state of mind that I could keep going with this tale forever It reminds me of later works that are so huge I m looking at you, WoT that it takes 4 5 books before we start to even LIKE a particular character, or get impressed with how much he s developed It s a DAMN GOOD THING that this is a trilogy, or I d probably throw it at someone I m looking at you, Kay this is a wonderful novel it is hard to love at first sometimes you get to know people who seem automatically awkward, whose social style is stilted, composed of quotes from movies or off putting attempts to be clever, insisting on repeating tired tales, who seem eager to please yet incapable of easy connection but you get to know them over time and those trappings fall away, the awkwardness fades and they become real, three dimensional, a friend even and so it is with The Summer Tree.at fir this is a wonderful novel it is hard to love at first sometimes you get to know people who seem automatically awkward, whose social style is stilted, composed of quotes from movies or off putting attempts to be clever, insisting on repeating tired tales, who seem eager to please yet incapable of easy connection but you get to know them over time and those trappings fall away, the awkwardness fades and they become real, three dimensional, a friend even and so it is with The Summer Tree.at first, it is pure template The Lord of the Rings isthan an inspiration tolkein s characters and themes and countries are all directly paralleled within as such, it is often a very familiar novel and, just as often, that does not work in its favor what becomes an equal problem is the staginess of the opening chapters and the awkwardness of the dialogue and characterization both are rather off putting and the novel starts out with a stumble.but after that stumbleoh, the riches what seemed to be trite characters soon flower into figures farrich, fascinating, enigmatic, even iconic their adventures moved quickly into the unexpected yet retained a richly mythic quality the quality of the writing beyond the dialogue is striking kay does not engage in lush description but rather chooses his words carefully, and the simplicity yet sophistication of word choice often made me pause, and read them again a haiku of a tale, compared to tolkein s extravagant epic poem the mythos itself remained entrenched in the familiar, but that becomes a virtue at times it felt as if i was reading an original telling of these tales and a recounting of these myths, as if this were actually the original template, as if the tried and true depiction of celtic flavored mysticism, the elves dwarfs trolls, the ancient powers and unending evils were being presented in their purest and most direct format and its combination of modern 5 modern students cross dimensions and classic mythological kingdoms that are the true reality becomes a delight wit and sad wisdom doled out equally i certainly was not expecting to read about one character s embarrassing hard on nor did i expect the tragic driving death of a loved one and the suicidal yearnings of that crash s survivor to become a touchstone drawn movingly upon during somber self sacrifice the two worlds become surprisingly and effectively intertwined.the penultimate chapter is one of harrowing devastation and mortification i m not sure i ve read such a terrible and horrifying episode of torment and despair, and one that wastes no time in excessive cataloguing of the indecent tortures visited upon a tragic character the horrors depicted in this sequence are, again, mythic in scope and meaning, yet disturbingly modern in their ability to repulse and sadden but at the finish, The Summer Tree ends on a hopeful note just as i am hopeful that the remaining books in the Fionavar Tapestry will continue to impress and inspire i can t to wait to read them I read this book for one of my group challenges and I m so glad I did as it was awesome Happy Reading Mel There are kinds of action, for good or ill, that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behaviour that they force us, in acknowledging that they have occurred, to restructure our own understanding of reality If you missed Gandalf and the Fellowship of the Ring, miss them noThe Fionavar Tapestry will provide you with the much needed Tolkienesque fix, perhaps a shade darker and a touchsensual than the original It is a five star, compulsory read for the lovers of this style, anThere are kinds of action, for good or ill, that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behaviour that they force us, in acknowledging that they have occurred, to restructure our own understanding of reality If you missed Gandalf and the Fellowship of the Ring, miss them noThe Fionavar Tapestry will provide you with the much needed Tolkienesque fix, perhaps a shade darker and a touchsensual than the original It is a five star, compulsory read for the lovers of this style, and an optional diversion for all the other readers Fionavar, the first of the worlds, which all other imperfectly reflect, is in grave peril An ancient evil, Rakoth Maugrim, the Unraveller, stirs and must be defeated again even though the age of heroes has long gone by And because on the Loom of the Weaver, the tapestry is woven into a multiple somewhat connected worlds of which each and every one reflects Fionavar in some way the design mirrors Zelazny s Amber in this regard , it is possible to look for help outside the constraints of immediate reality More specifically, it is possible to reach out to modern day Toronto where five unsuspecting young people do not know that under a guise of an unusual sightseeing offer comes a chance to become somethingthey ever dreamt of becoming There are five main protagonists, of whom each gives their own distinct POV and colours the tapestry with a different thread Kimberly the knowing one Kevin the lover boy Jennifer the beautiful one Paul the one eaten alive with grief Dave the rebel The Five Companions are a pillar of the main story as a group, but they are also pushed and prodded by the author individually through their own arcs This is done unevenly as some members of the Five getattention than others This, however, is understandable taking into consideration that there are twobooks to come But also, fortunate for the main protagonists, as those who take on the main burden of the developing story onto their shoulders need to take on a lot I mean, quite the weight of the world itself hint get your tissues ready You will find motifs that were expanded and exploredthoroughly in Kay s later novels friendship, betrayal, sacrifice, power, love, generational strife and change, facing and evading one s destiny There is a density of emotions and an entanglement of life and death, light and darkness, obligations and desires Kay offers a tantalising verisimilitude Definitely, one can say that it is not as refined asmature Kay, but still very engaging What I liked in the very Tolkienesque way of showing and telling I had all my Tolkien senses overindulged What a glorious feeling , is that Kay proves that each and every one of ordinary us carries an epic hero within, ready to emerge from the mundane if given a chance, a spark of possibility and a courage to step up to the task.What I didn t like that much is the narrative jumping from one POV to another within each chapter This got me confused a couple of times at the beginning The prose is definitely less refined, with ragged edges in the narrative Readers get the story proper plus Fionavar s history and mythology as a bonus It s like Kay tries to throw half of his own Silmarilion into the bargain The cultural, human and geographic detail is given in a flurry of names and the reader has no idea what is crucial and should be remembered what can be interesting but can be stored away upon acknowledgment The quality of the available map is questionable and I was lost very often A book of this density really should have an extended appendix with maps, names, and a brief historical and cultural overview of Fionavar These minor issues notwithstanding, The Summer Tree has been a real treat for me The branches or should I write, the threads of the story grow and form amazing patterns that would have a lesser writer entirely lost in such vast design I wouldn t recommend the book if it s meant to be your fist Kay s novel, but equally, if you are a fan of his style, don t let it wait too long on your to read shelf.Also in the series 2 The Wandering Fire3 The Darkest Road