The Darkest Road (The Fionavar Tapestry: Book Three)

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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…

The final volume of Kay's vast epic fantasy weaves together all the complex threads of the previous volumes, as the heroes of the first two stories--The Summer Tree and The Wandering Fire--unite to aid the armies of Light...

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Overview

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…

The final volume of Kay's vast epic fantasy weaves together all the complex threads of the previous volumes, as the heroes of the first two stories--The Summer Tree and The Wandering Fire--unite to aid the armies of Light in the ultimate battle against evil. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Andre Norton
One of the very best fantasies...since Tolkien.
Charles de Lint
A magnificent volume...that will be read for many years to come.
Christian Science Monitor
A grand narrative.
Fantasy Review
More satisfying that Tolkien...a lovingly detailed work of fantasy.
Locus
A remarkable achievement.
Marion Zimmer Bradley
One of those books that change your perception of the world forever.
Star-Phoenix
Can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece.
Toronto Star
Immense scale, literary richness and dazzling heroes.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The concluding novel in Kay's trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, opens as the fantasy world's magically prolonged winter yields to springbut 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. The exceptionally detailed background of this fantasy would be more impressive if it didn't suffocate a book already burdened with static narrative and turgid, poetic prose that all too fittingly captures the adolescent posturing of its transplanted college student protagonists. (November 17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451458339
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Fionavar Tapestry Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 161,404
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 5.28 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Gavriel Kay is an internationally bestselling author. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and won the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Ysabel. His works have been translated into twenty-five languages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    I loved the entire Trilogy, second only to Tigana of Kay's books

    I loved the entire Trilogy, second only to Tigana of Kay's books.
    Watch out for spoilers in a review below if you haven't already read the books!

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Quite good, but in the end a bit disappointing and formulaic

    This series came highly recommended and I enjoyed the writing style (particularly in the first book). However this last book does not bring the series to all that satisfying a conclusion as many characters pretty much recieve a brush over. I look forward to reading Tigrana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2001

    Best out of the tapestry!

    After reading the other reveiws I get the feeling that the writers don't have the imagination to actually get into the books. I admit that the fist book had poor first chapters,but the rest was wonderful.When Paul went on the summer tree I felt terrible.But he lived and became my favorite character.I wasn't overjoyed when Kevin died, but felt he left the book just in time.I think his continuos habbit to bed every women that opened herself to him was immature. I'm glad he died to rid of the winter, because instead of most people being glad he died, they can respect him for dieing for a good purpose.I think the the other writers who reviewed this book have no sympathy towards any of the characters.During a part in this book, I had a urge to cry.Kay has a splendid way of describing the characters so well you can imagine it.The Darkast Road was my favorite out of the tapestry, but didn't make me feel any less about the two books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2001

    Not quite as bad as its predecessors

    Luckily for the reader, Kevin Lane, the worst character in the trilogy, died in the previous book and can no longer be an annoyance. The conflict between Aileron's massive army of goodness and the god Maugrim's massive army of badness is being built to, as both sides call on all the allies they can find. The side story of Darien, Maugrim's half-mortal son, on a quest to meet is interesting despite the fact that it very closely mirrors Thomas Covenant's journey face Lord Foul, even down to the talismans they both bear. Kay's psuedo-grandiose writing from the previous books of the series has been replaced with truly grand prose, and it matches the awesomeness of the combatants. Unfortunately, the reader gets the feeling that Kay has lost control of his own novel by the end of the book, and the climax is more of an anticlimax. If you've somehow suffered through the first two books of the series, this book is like a dream come true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    A solid ending

    I was pleased that Kay continued to improve in this, his third book. A well done ending that avoids being cliched while still being epic.

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