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Guy Gavriel Kay

5 Dec

While J R R Tolkien has been described as having many successors in the field of epic fantasy, few are as deserving of this title as Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay. Kay in fact assisted Tolkien’s son Christopher in the editorial construction of the unfinished, posthumously published The Silmarillion but is better known now as the author of the three books that make up the epic fantasy trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road). While the eighties unfortunately gave us a number of trashy Tolkien-wannabe novels, Kay’s trilogy towers above most of the genre due to the quality of his writing and, crucially, the time and love that he invested in the creation of the fantasy world of Fionavar, one of the most iconic and copied of all imaginary fictional realms.

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