Category Archives: The Fionavar Tapestry

The Once and Future Childslayer by Kathy Cawsey

The Once and Future Childslayer: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Inversion of Malory’s Morte Darthur KATHY CAWSEY, Department of English, Dalhousie University Guy Gavriel Kay’s Fionavar Tapestry interprets Arthur’s return not as a reward or honor, but as a punishment for killing … Continue reading

Posters

These posters are of the full wrap images that were used on the first editions of The Fionavar Tapestry. Click on a poster to see a bigger copy. In reality, they measure 18×24 inches, and are available to buy for … Continue reading

The Themes of Fate and Free-will in the Fionavar Tapestry

by Shelley McLennan, 2002 The struggle between fate and free-will is a fundamental theme in Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Fionavar Tapestry. The ability of people to change their destiny by the exercising of their free will is most clearly shown … Continue reading

Shifting Focalization and the Strategy of Delay: The Narrative Weaving of "The Fionavar Tapestry"

by Neil Randall This paper, by Neil Randall, first appeared in the journal Canadian Literature, issue no. 129 (Summer 1991). Copyright Neil Randall, reproduced with permission. Huge thanks to Caitlin Sweet for locating a copy of the journal and typing … Continue reading

The High Fantasies of Lawhead and Kay, by John Doherty.

By John J. Doherty This essay is part of a larger work by Professor Doherty, titled “Arthurian Fantasy, 1980-1989: An analytical and bibliographical survey”. It examines the development of the Arthurian Legend in fantasy literature during the 1980s. This essay, … Continue reading

Reviews of The Fionavar Tapestry

This page contains the following reviews: Douglas Barbour for the Malahat Review Charles de Lint for Fantasy Review Matthew Winslow for the Green Man Review The Malahat Review The Darkest Road is the third volume of Guy Gavriel Kay’s The … Continue reading

The Double-Edged Gift: Power and Moral Choice in The Fionavar Tapestry

by Dena Taylor, University of Toronto The central image sustaining The Fionavar Tapestry is that of the Weaver at the Worldloom and the Tapestry he weaves, an image which represents time and the fate or destiny of all the characters … Continue reading

Reading Passage from The Wandering Fire (Book 2 of Fionavar)

Passage from chapter eleven of The Wandering Fire The hunt started with the sunrise. The sky was a bright blue overhead, and the early rays of sunlight glittered on the snow. It was milder too, Dave thought, as if somehow … Continue reading

Polish review of The Fionavar Tapestry – translated

BY Jacek Dukaj Yet another fantasy trilogy, I thought, picking up The Summer Tree, the first tome of The Fionavar Tapestry, by Guy Gavriel Kay, an author completely unknown to me. The note about the author said he is a … Continue reading

Reading Passage from The Darkest Road (Book 3 of Fionavar)

Passage from chapter six of The Darkest Road For a long time Coll of Taerlindel at the helm of his ship had fought the wind. Tacking desperately and with a certain brilliance across the line of the southwesterly, he struggled … Continue reading

Reading Passage from The Summer Tree (Book 1 of Fionavar)

Passage from chapter eight of The Summer Tree There had been light, now there was not. One measured time in such ways. There were stars in the space above the trees; no moon yet, and only a thin one later, … Continue reading

Fionavar Book Cover Cakes

The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

This is the witty, mock-travelogue entry on Fionavar in The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi. Reprinted with kind permission. MAP by Sue Reynolds (click for larger version)   FIONAVAR, a land of undetermined location. At … Continue reading

The Fionavar Tapestry

The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy consists of The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road. The first book of the trilogy was published in 1984, and was runner-up for SF Book Club’s book of the year award. The second … Continue reading

Cover of The Wandering Fire (U.S.A. hardback)

Cover of The Darkest Road (U.S.A. hardback)

Cover of The Summer Tree (U.S.A. paperback)

Cover of The Wandering Fire (U.S.A. paperback)

Cover of The Darkest Road (U.S.A.)

Cover of The Darkest Road (Reissued UK paperback)

Covers of The Fionavar Tapestry (UK paperback editions)

Cover of The Summer Tree (Reissued UK paperback)

Cover of The Wandering Fire (Reissued UK paperback)

Cover of The Wandering Fire (U.S.A. edition)

Note: The typo (the extra s in passionate) has been caught and fixed for the release version of the book.

Cover of The Darkest Road (U.S.A. edition)

Cover of The Fionavar Tapestry (Russian omnibus edition)

Covers of The Fionavar Tapestry (Russian editions)

GGK’s note

No comment. — GGK

Cover of The Summer Tree (Polish edition)

Fionavar Tapestry Cover Art

ARTISTS’ PRESS RELEASE JANNY WURTS AND DON MAITZ March 2001 Don and Janny greatly enjoyed the privilege of being asked to collaborate for the cover of Guy Kay’s Fionavar Tapestry trilogy. Not only is this story destined to be one … Continue reading

Cover of The Summer Tree (U.S.A. edition)

Martin Springett: On Creating Covers

Martin Springett shares his experiences of creating the covers for the first edition of The Fionavar Tapestry. At the end of the essay there is an opportunity to see some early sketches, with explanations. Creating images for book covers is … Continue reading

Martin Springett’s Early Cover Designs

Martin has very kindly allowed me to post some of the preliminary sketches he did for his covers for the Tapestry. Not only that, but as you see, he’s also given us some explanations to go along with them. For … Continue reading

Cover of The Fionavar Tapestry (Danish Omnibus edition)

Cover of The Summer Tree (J’ai Lu edition) French

GGK’s note

I think these are very interesting covers, done by someone clearly familiar with the books – which is not, by any means, always the case. I’m not in love with The Wandering Fire, because it feels overly literal vis a … Continue reading

Cover of The Summer Tree (Israeli edition)

Cover of The Summer Tree (Italian edition)

Cover of The Darkest Road (Italian edition)

Cover of The Wandering Fire (Italian edition)

Covers of The Fionavar Tapestry (French editions)

Images of Fionavar – Galadan

Galadan This image is available as a poster. It measures 16×6 inches, and costs $15, plus postage and packing. Email Martin Springett to order. He’ll sign it for you! Galadan of the Andain with Jenniferby Martin Springett

Cover of The Summer Tree (German edition)

Cover of The Wandering Fire (German edition)

Cover of The Summer Tree (Dutch edition)

Cover of The Wandering Fire (Dutch edition)

Cover of The Darkest Road (Dutch edition)

Images of Fionavar – Eilathen

This image is available as a poster. It measures 16×6 inches, and costs $15, plus postage and packing. Email Martin Springett to order. He’ll sign it for you! Eilathen of the Lake by Martin Springett

Images of Fionavar – Dana

This image is available as a poster. It measures 16×6 inches, and costs $15, plus postage and packing. Email Martin Springett to order. He’ll sign it for you! The Goddess Dana by Martin Springett

Cover of The Summer Tree (Danish edition)