The Darkest Road

Guy Gavriel Kay, Author Arbor House $16.95 (420p) ISBN 978-0-87795-822-2
The concluding novel in Kay's trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, opens as the fantasy world's magically prolonged winter yields to springbut a spring where showers bring death, emptying entire cities. To combat the arch evil Rakoth Maugrim, the High King of Brennin marches north with his army and allies, anticipating a final confrontation. At the same time, a crucial choice faces young Darien, the son produced by Rakoth's rape of Guinevere. Feeling rejected by the good and the light, Darien sets off on the dark road to his father. The exceptionally detailed background of this fantasy would be more impressive if it didn't suffocate a book already burdened with static narrative and turgid, poetic prose that all too fittingly captures the adolescent posturing of its transplanted college student protagonists. (November 17)
Reviewed on: 10/28/1986
Release date: 11/01/1986
Paperback - 420 pages - 978-0-00-721726-7
Paperback - 424 pages - 978-0-451-45833-9
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4640-2220-3
Ebook - 592 pages - 978-1-4434-1606-1
Paperback - 408 pages - 978-0-00-639321-4
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-00-223276-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 424 pages - 978-0-451-45180-4
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