The Summer Tree

The Summer Tree

Book - 2004
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While attending a conference on Celtic lore and mythology, five young men and women are approached by a mysterious scholar and his assistant who transport them to the primal world of Fionavar. The five friends are soon caught up in the onset of a devastating war between good and evil. Joining forces with wizards, warriors, dwarves, forest spirits, and resurrected heroes of legend, the five discover they each have a role to play in the battle against the Unraveller, Rakoth Maugrim.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperPerennial, 2004, ©1984
Edition: 20th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780006393191
Characteristics: xvii, 304 p. : map ; 23 cm.


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mchoate52 Dec 02, 2014

first of a trilogy

Sep 25, 2014

This is an amazing series. This book is a fabulous start of one of the best trilogies ever written - and one of the few that compares well to Tolkien (maybe better in some plot respects). It really deserves to be more widely read and praised.

Sep 11, 2012

This is my favourite series by this author.

Aug 31, 2012

Good classic fantasy by Canadian fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay. This is the first title in a trilogy. I really enjoyed this book despite what I thought was an awkward beginning.

Apr 25, 2012

Hmmm, intriguing way to blend modern day (well 1980s) with university students with a fantasy world and how they enraptured into the Fionavar world and all its characters.

Follow Kevin, Paul, Kim, Jennifer and Dave as they enter a world similar to when kings ruled, but with magic and different folklore. See what adventures await them and see if good triumphs evil.

Meet King Ailell, Prince Diarmuid, Ysanne, Jaelle, Matt and Loren Silvercloak, as well as, a cast other characters along the road in Paras Dervel and beyond. Though be prepared for a cliffhanger that will make you ask what happens next....

Jun 23, 2011

Fabulous start of one of the best trilogies ever written. Deserves to be more widely read and praised. I especially appreciate the references to mythology that permeate the novels. The characters are engaging and the (usual) battle between good and evil is well written. If you like fantasy (and even if you think you don't) read this trilogy.

Jan 31, 2011

I read this trilogy once a year, and every year without fail my heart is broken all over again, I am ensconced in a world all over again, my mood is eventually uplifted all over again. This is high fantasy at its greatest. Kay is a writer nonpareil in this genre and I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Jan 28, 2011

Awesome book. Best of the trilogy.

I'm not one to re-read books but I have read the trilogy twice and I'll read it again. You really feel for the charachters and the sacrifices they take.

I will never forget Paul and the choice he makes in this particular book.... that part is beautifully written.... it will make you cry.

Jan 02, 2009

Let me preface this comment by saying I am not one to read a book more than once. That said, I read Kay's Fionavar Tapetry series (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darket Road) for the first time when I was 11, then again when I was 18, again at 25 and again at 33 and I loved it every time. It is a staple on my book shelf and I will read many more times. It is a timeless story with beautiful prose and rich characters and relationships that touch your heart. I wholeheartedly recommend these books at any age.


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