From My Bookshelf – January Edition

I love reading. I have since I was little, devouring books like I could read the whole world in one sitting. In some cases, I guess I was – fantasy worlds, science fiction worlds, the world of Clifford the Big Red Dog…so many worlds to discover, and so little time!

I enjoy seeing what other people are reading (I can’t be the only one – that’s why Goodreads exist!). So, from my humble bookcase, I wanted to share with you some books that line its shelves. For your reading pleasure, my I present…

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Key

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To be fair, this is three books in one – The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road. I can’t remember what originally drew me to it – I think the fact that it was a new fantasy to read, and it is Canadian! Five students from Toronto are transported to a magical world, which has a rich history drawn from various myths, including Medieval Romance (think King Arthur, etc.). As someone who took a Medieval Romance course in university, it was the wonderful to see these characters opened up in a new way, while keeping the base mythology.

Who is this book for?

Fantasy lovers. There is some violent/adult content at some points, and a certain scene (no spoilers) that almost put me off the book. But if you love the world of Tolkien, I would recommend The Fionavar Tapestry. However be warned, you may find yourself having to research certain old stories in order to understand the significance of some of the events in the book. (Unless you are an experience in Arthurian lore!)

What I loved about it

Besides the rich world created, and the throw backs to old legends, I loved Guy Gavriel Kay’s writing style. I found the book not overly descriptive, and allowed your imagination to take over how things looked and felt. To be honest, I cannot get through writing that describe unnecessary details of unimportant things. When I describe a character or event for my stories, I think back to Guy Gavriel Kay’s writing and start removing extraneous words.

My next read from the author

Ysabel, which is an urban fantasy with slight ties to The Fionavar Tapestry.

I would LOVE to hear what you are currently reading, or if you have read the one shared below! Let me know in the comments!

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