The Fionavar Tapestry is a trilogy of HighFantasy novels by Creator/GuyGavrielKay, set partly in our own contemporary world, but mostly in the fictional world of Fionavar.

The trilogy is set firmly and consciously in the Tolkien tradition of High Fantasy. Kay has said that one of his motives for writing it was to show that the 'matter' of High Fantasy was deep enough to be used in various original ways, and that the genre did not have to become debased into nothing but pale Tolkien imitations.

The Tapestry tells the tale of five young Canadians, Kimberly (Kim) Ford, Jennifer Lowell, Dave Martyniuk, Paul Schafer and Kevin Laine, who are taken to Fionavar, the first of all worlds, by Loren Silvercloak, a mage of that world. Ostensibly invited to come as guests of the court for a celebration of the anniversary of the monarch's ascension to the throne, all five students quickly find that their roles in Fionavar are far more complex than they originally expected.

The book is well known for keeping good track of its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, drawing a good amount of its themes and setting from Celtic and Norse Myths, as well as Arthurian Legend.

The story is divided into 3 books:

* ''The Summer Tree''
* ''The Wandering Fire''
* ''The Darkest Road''

It is also available in a collected edition.


While most of Kay's other novels are set in the same multiverse as the Fionavar tapestry, ''Literature/{{Ysabel}}'' (published in 2007) is an actual sequel. Set in twenty-first century Provence, twenty-five years after the events of ''The Fionavar Tapestry'', it tells the tale of Ned Mariner, a Canadian teenager, who find himself involved into an ancient hatred between two cursed souls. With his own second sight barely awakening, and the advice of his aunt [[spoiler:Kimberly, who is by then married with Dave (who also appears)]], Ned has to find a way to free one of his friend who has become a part of the curse, before she is gone forever.

Is now trying to get a [[Characters.TheFionavarTapestry character sheet]] .
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!!This series provides examples of:


* ActionGirl: Sharra, Imraith-Nimphais
* AerithAndBob: [[FiveManBand The Five]] from Earth all have standard modern names while the characters from Fionavar tend to have strange exotic names. However, there are a few characters who have more standard names, like Matt Soren.
* AllMythsAreTrue with a hearty dose of CrossoverCosmology: Fionavar itself.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Svart Alfar and the Sluaghs.
* AnyoneCanDie: And a lot of them do.[[spoiler: Though two of the main characters who die come BackFromTheDead.]]
* BadAss: Diarmund, Aileron, Dave, Torc, Matt Soren, [[spoiler: Arthur and then Lancelot]] and more!
* BadAssNormal: Out of the Five it's Dave. [[spoiler: He's the only one that isn't a reincarnation or gains/awakens powers, relying instead on his strength and wits.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Matt Soren and Paul/Pwyll Twiceborn. Averted by Kevin, Imraith-Nimphais, Diarmuid, Finn and Darien.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Jennifer/[[spoiler: Guinevere]], The [[OurElvesAreDifferent Lios Alfar]]. Doubly Subverted with Avaia as she is beautiful from far away, but smells foul and has a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth.
* BigBad: Rakoth Maugrim, The Unraveller
* BoisterousBruiser: Tegid
* BreakTheCutie: Jennifer/[[spoiler: Guinevere's rape and the subsequent consequences of it.]]
* ClimacticBattleResurrection: The final battle in The Darkest Road, and how!
* DefaultToGood: [[spoiler: Darien]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: At least for ''The Summer Tree''. Four out of the five are reunited, only to learn that the fifth is in deep DespairEventHorizon.]]
* TheDragon: Galadan, the Wolflord.
** DragonWithAnAgenda: Galadan serves Rakoth Maugrim, but it's made very clear that this is only to advance his personal goal- destroying the world that witnessed the shame of his true love abandoning him for a mortal and then getting herself killed. Rakoth is entirely aware of this and finds it funny.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: All the characters, but [[spoiler: Arthur, Lancelot and Jennifer/Guinevere]] especially.
* EvilCounterpart: Galadan is Paul's, just look at their respective backstories.
* EvilOverlord: Not just ''an'' Evil Overlord. ''The'' Evil Overlord of all the worlds in the Tapestry.
* TheFairFolk: Pendaran Wood, Eiliathen, The Wild Hunt.
* FiveBadBand: Who else? The antagonists.
** ''TheBigBad-Rakoth Maugrim''
** ''TheDragon-Galadan''
** ''TheBrute- Uathach''
** ''TheEvilGenius-[[spoiler:Metran]]''
** ''TheDarkChick-Fordaetha of Ruk''
* FiveManBand: The Five.
** ''TheHero - Paul''
** ''TheLancer - Kevin''
** ''TheSmartGuy - Kimberley''
** ''TheBigGuy - Dave''
** ''TheChick - Jennifer''
* GentleGiant: Literally, the Paraiko.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Averted when the protagonists learn that [[spoiler: for over a thousand years, every Lios Afar who set sail to the West for their version of heaven... was devoured by a sea monster set to lie in wait for them by the BigBad.]] "Most hated by the Dark, for their name was Light."
* AGodAmI: Several of the characters are either gods or demigod offspring of said gods.
* HandsomeLech: Hands down: Diarmuid [[spoiler: (at least until he and Sharra hook up).]] In a way Kevin Laine could qualify too.
* HenchmenRace: the Svart Alfar. They are given no origin story, nor an explanation to why they follow the BigBad without questions -- they just do.
* HeroicBSOD: Jennifer at the beginning of ''The Wandering Fire''.
* HeroicSacrifice: Let's see...
** [[spoiler: Paul willingly volunteers to hang from the Summer Tree till his death to bring rain to the parched land. (He gets better).]]
** [[spoiler: Finn, first by leaving behind forever everyone he's ever known or loved, and then by dying as the only way to prevent the Wild Hunt from killing ''everyone''.]]
** [[spoiler: Kevin willingly sacrifices himself at Dun Maura to enable the Godess to banish Rakoth's winter.]]
** [[spoiler: Matt Soren allows himself to be drained to the death to fuel Loren's spells on Caer Sedat.]]
** [[spoiler: Diarmuid, who fights a duel he cannot win to give Lancelot, Guinevere and Arthur a chance to change their fate.]]
** [[spoiler: Imraith-Nimphais, which goes kamikaze on Rakoth's dragon.]]
** [[spoiler: And last but not least, Darien, who hurls himself on a dagger he had just given his father Rakoth...a dagger enchanted so that anyone who kills with it, if they kill without love, will die.]]
* MeaningfulName: Loren Silvercloak, Pwyll Twiceborn. Jennifer also might count [[spoiler: since it's the anglicized form of Guinevere]]
** Names of creatures also: Lios Alfar and Svart Alfar literally translate to "Light and Dark Elves" in Old Norse.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Rakoth Maugrim, The Unraveler; Galadan, The Wolflord.
** Note that "The Unraveler" is much more intimidating when you realize that the people of Fionavar refer to the multiverse as "The Tapestry".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dave nearly pulls this off near the end of the second book, fortunately a Goddess has a thing for him and it worked out.
* NonActionGuy: Kevin.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Surprisingly subverted. The one dwarf we meet early on is TheQuietOne. When the book finally shows other dwarves, they are excellent craftsmen, and they solve their conflicts through a debate known as a Word Striving. And in one of the more blatant [[AffectionateParody parodies]] of post-Tolkien fantasy:
-->She could never have explained rationally why the presence of a Dwarf woman should surprise her so much, why she'd assumed, without ever giving it a moment's thought, that the females among the Dwarves should look like... oh, beardless, stocky equivalents of fighting men like Matt and Brock. After all, she herself didn't much resemble Coll of Taerlindel or Dave Martyniuk. At least on a good day she didn't! Neither did the woman who had come for her. A couple of inches shorter than Matt Sören, she was slim and graceful, with wide-set dark eyes and straight black hair hanging down her back.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The Urgachs
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler:Kim and Dave, the only two of the five who live to return to our world and don't have any other love interest, seem poised to hook up on literally the last page with very few prior indications. The sequel eventually confirms this.]]
* TheStoic: Aileron, Matt Soren, Torc, Paul, and Dave fit the trope like a glove.
* TeachHimAnger: The race of Giants, gentlest of the Weaver's children.
* VillainBall: When you're an EldritchAbomination with CompleteImmortality because your "name isn't written into the tapestry", and [[spoiler: siring a child]] will serve to write your name ''into'' the tapestry, the one crime you shouldn't commit is [[spoiler: rape]].
* WellDoneSonGuy
* YouCantFightFate: [[ScrewDestiny Averted]]. Humans at the very least very much ''can'' fight fate (it's part of what the Wild Hunt stands ''for''), and several characters pointedly do; however, there will usually be a price to pay for that. (For example, when [[spoiler:Kimberley refuses the Baelrath's urging to call the Crystal Dragon to war]], it eventually results directly in [[spoiler:Imraith-Nimphais sacrificing herself to defeat the enemy the dragon was destined to fight]].)
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