Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Summer Tree - Guy Gavriel Kay

A Canadian academic tells a small group of students that is a bit more than they thought he is. He lets them know he is a mage from another world, and offers them the chance to journey with him back to this place, for a celebration.

Dave, one of their number, is a little suspicious and breaks away, ending up being transported to another place, and learning to be an axe-wielding warrior type.

There is a bit of a Wounded Land thing going on, because their king, clinging to power, doesn't want to present himself as the usual ritual sacrifice to keep things going.

Paul, one of the students, does the whole tree ordeal thing in his place.

4 out of 5

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