Author Archives: James Dewar

10 Fantasies of History: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Synthesis of the Historical Fantasy Novel

10 Fantasies of History This is the 2012 honours thesis by Matthew Rettino written when while attending McGill University. Since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, fantasy literature has simultaneously seen the rise of formulaic fantasy … Continue reading

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Weaving Legitimacy: Kay’s Use of Mythology in The Fionavar Tapestry

This is an undergraduate paper by Adrienne Johansson written when she was at Wilfrid Laurier University. Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Fionavar Tapestry, undoubtedly the greatest fantasy trilogy ever written by a Canadian, consists of three books; The Summer Tree, published … Continue reading

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Justinian Visited and Revisited

by Pierre-Louis Malosse translated by Morgon Mills This French paper first appeared in the French academic journal Anabases (Toulouse), 5 (2007), p. 229-235. You can read the original French version here. [Thank you to Pierre-Louis and to Deborah for the … Continue reading

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The Other Side Of The Mirror: Tigana

by James Gunn This piece was written by Professor James Gunn as an introduction to a leatherbound edition of Tigana published by Easton Press, as part of a series ‘the leatherbound masterpieces of fantasy’. Thanks to Clinton Hammond for typing … Continue reading

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Guy Gavriel Kay, La chanson d’Arbonne

This is an article by Nathalie Labrousse-Marchau, a French philosophy teacher, which appeared originally on her website. With thanks to Francois Vincent for the translation into English. Read it in English. Guy Gavriel Kay n’est pas un auteur de fantasy … Continue reading

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River of Stars Review – Locus Magazine

Cecilia Holland reviews Guy Gavriel Kay Review by Cecilia Holland for Locus Online. Reprinted permission of Locus Publications. The master of the historical fantasy has found a canvas large enough for his ambitions. Guy Gavriel Kay’s second novel based on … Continue reading

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Review by Ilana Teitelbaum for The Huffington Post

An Epic of Tang Dynasty China: “Under Heaven” by Guy Gavriel Kay Review by Ilana Teitelbaum for The Huffington Post. Reproduced with kind permission. The beginning of “Under Heaven,” the latest offering by award-winning Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay, can … Continue reading

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