Lit Tuesday: The Summer Tree

I don’t have a long post for tonight. As always, things have been busy and I need to make sure I set some time aside to write. Maybe I should start doing that in the mornings while I drink my first cup of coffee instead of mindlessly looking at Pinterest. We’ll see.

So, my book club has been reading The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay. I originally suggested it, but changed my mind to A Walk in the Woods when it was my turn to pick a book. One of the other members had been wanting to read it, so he chose it for his recommendation.

This trilogy is one where you really have to pay attention to what you’re reading. It has a similar style as Lord of the Rings (where it’s that high fantasy voice, the narrator is a bard or storyteller, that sort of voice) but with more of a Game of Thrones plot.

Actually, as you read through it, you wonder if Kay was influenced by C.S. Lewis and Tolkien as elements from both of their famous series are seen.

Anyways, so a group of five Canadian university students attend a lecture given by a famous reclusive genius. Following the lecture, the genius meets them and takes them to his room, where he reveals that his name is actually Loren Silvercloak from the world of Fionavar. He wants to take the five back to his world for his High King’s celebration. Four out of the five agree and the fifth one is bribed into going. However, he starts to change his mind as they begin to travel to Fionavar and finds himself separated from the others.

The first part of the book focuses on the four who stayed together. Though they were only supposed to be there as a magic trick for a celebration, they quickly find themselves wound up in the tangles of destiny within Fionavar’s tapestry.

The mythology in this series is focused on Celtic mythology. For instance, Paul (one of the students) is often called Pwyll. The High King’s name is Ailell and his heir, the second prince, is Diarmuid. Dana is one of the goddesses. I can keep going, but you get the idea. I think one of the reasons I enjoy this trilogy so much (despite the dark themes and mentions of terrible acts) is because Celtic mythology doesn’t get enough love. I actually have another story that I started based on Celtic mythology to loosely tie to my Norse mythology story. We’ll see how that goes, though.

So, now that I have finished the first one in the trilogy, I have to go read the other two and push off my reading list even more. I’ll catch up soon!


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