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The Darkest Road (The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 3) (1986)

by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Series: Fionavar Tapestry (3)

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In the conclusion of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, five university students from our world prepare to sacrifice themselves--as they enter into final battle against a power of unimaginable proportions...
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    Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: While it's not an official sequel (thus not tagged with this series), there's some recurring characters from Fionavar.

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A very strong finish to this series. I didn't love some elements of the world (specifically using characters from Arthurian legend in another context) but I think they were fully justified by the way this story was told.

The connections between this series and Lord of the Rings are clear, but Guy Gavriel Kay has different goals and methods of achieving them than Tolkien did. His characters often solve problems in unexpected ways, and they grow perceptibly with every conflict and challenge. I loved the way that the end of the story was set up in the first book and built towards consistently in both the plot and the themes of the story.

I think I still preferred "Tigana", a book this author wrote much later, but this series was great. I look forward to the upcoming TV adaptation. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
Gripping and vividly told. ( )
  WendyGamble | May 6, 2021 |
This novel is the third and final book in Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry, about a group of University of Toronto students who get pulled into an alternate world. The series is a mix of Arthurian legend and Tolkien-like fantasy. This trilogy is not as good as some of GGK's later works, but the writing is beautiful and Simon Vance's narration of the audiobook certainly does it justice. ( )
  mathgirl40 | Jan 17, 2021 |
This book series improved from the first book but still leaves me a bit unimpressed. The book shops are full of excellent fantasy novels and there is nothing in these three books that makes them interesting compared with other books.

For a mass consumer of books like me, sure, but if you only read a few books a year, and want a good fantasy series, go somewhere else (Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series for something easy maybe, or Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy for something very dark). ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Seemed like a Tolkien Spin-off to an extant ( )
  aldimartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
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Ce troisième livre possède sans aucun doute le souffle épique qui manquait aux précédents. Chaque élèment trouve sa place, et la puissance d'évocation est impressionnante. Les personnages prennent peu à peu leur vraie dimension, et l'ensemble se lit, ma foi...d'une traite.
Auteur canadien, Guy Gavriel Kay aime les mythes, la fantasy et l'histoire médiévale. Sa merveilleuse Chanson d'Arbonne en a fait rêver plus d'un avec son mélange de magie et d'amour courtois. Avec cette série, il se lance plus dans la fantasy que dans son pendant historico-merveilleux, avec délice et humour.
Cinq jeunes gens d'une petite ville américaine reçoivent la visite d'un étrange personnage (et même de plusieurs) qui les entraîne dans un monde dont ils n'ont pas la moindre idée, monde de magie et de contes où leur présence est nécessaire à l'avènement d'un nouveau roi. Un par un, nos cinq contemporains se découvrent un destin étrange qui les éloigne encore plus de leur histoire et de leur monde. La tapisserie du monde est complexe, alignant côte à côte des histoires et des univers que tout sépare, que rien ne lie mais qui pourtant s'interpénètrent et se rejoignent par intervalles. Dans cette complexité, les personnalités de nos jeunes gens vont s'affirmer, révélant des traits qu'on n'aurait pu imaginer, leur ouvrant des perspectives inconnues en nous faisant rêver. Les différents peuples de ce monde étrange qui semble être au centre du nôtre, sont attachants et pourtant différents... Une fantasy mythologique et médiévale rare.
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At the beginning of this road as at the beginning of all roads are my parents, Sybil and Sam Kay. This tapestry is theirs.
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"Do you know the wish of your heart?"
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In the conclusion of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, five university students from our world prepare to sacrifice themselves--as they enter into final battle against a power of unimaginable proportions...

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The concluding novel in Kay's trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, opens as the fantasy world's magically prolonged winter yields to spring - but a spring where showers bring death, emptying entire cities. To combat the arch evil Rakoth Maugrim, the High King of Brennin marches north with his army and allies, anticipating a final confrontation. At the same time, a crucial choice faces young Darien, the son produced by Rakoth's rape of Guinevere. Feeling rejected by the good and the light, Darien sets off on the dark road to his father.
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