Lady of Avalon

Lady of Avalon Set In The Time Before King Arthur, This Novel By Marion Zimmer Bradley Brings The Mesmerizing World Of Avalon Brilliantly To Life With Epic Grandeur Telling The Story Of Three Remarkable Women Who Alter The Fortunes Of Roman Britain As They Fight To Reclaim The Magic And Traditions Of A Once Glorious Past

Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.Bradley s first published novel length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond

[BOOKS] ✮ Lady of Avalon By Marion Zimmer Bradley –
  • Paperback
  • 460 pages
  • Lady of Avalon
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • English
  • 08 March 2017
  • 9780788720390

10 thoughts on “Lady of Avalon

  1. says:

    Although Bradley set up much of Avalon and Britannia in The Mists of Avalon, the stories in Lady of Avalon actually take place beforehand, and Bradley spends the first third of the book describing Avalon as it was before it was closed off in mists, and Britannia before Christianity had really taken hold Because there are actually three stories told within the context of one novel, Bradley must introduce the reader to the changes that have taken place over time at the beginning of each new tale The book moves slowly, focusing much on characters than on action Bradley even introduces a puzzle aspect, asking the reader to try to determine which new character is the reincarnate from the first tale This novel focuses partly on Goddess worship, giving preference to the female point of view, and as with The Mists of Avalon, has a feminist tone However, she does not degrade men but instead acknowledges the importance of their roles in Avalon and Britannia Avalon and Britannia are equally important settings, the politics of each affecting the other Bradley puts a great deal of emphasis on rituals among the Priestesses and Druids in early British history, and the concept of ritual itself could be considered a character element Although she does occasionally introduce humor and romance, Bradley instead instills a mood that varies from being bright, hopeful and positive to being sad and depressing, only to come back to hope again.

  2. says:

    This book is the prequel to The Mists of Avalon and I ve read it quite a few times over the years when I would binge read the entire series There are actually 3 novellas that make up this book The first is the direct sequel to The Forest House and tells us when, why, and how the secret Avalon was created by the High Priestess The second novella is the story of a priestess who is made to marry a Britannian Admiral to tie Britannia to Avalon The 3rd novella gives the back story of Viviane The 1st and 3rd stories were my favorites I was kind of meh about the 2nd story This is the first time I listened to this book on audio and I would put it aside for a year and then pick it back up and then put it back down for six months, etc I think it took about 3 or 4 years to actually finish Mostly because I ve read it so many times, I was just using it as a filler book in between my audio books when I wasn t quite sure what I wanted to start next This last time, I noticed I was at 61% and I was experiencing a major book hangover I need my comfort books to get me out of the hangover, and this one did the trick Except now I ve picked up The Mists of Avalon on audio book and am reading that one I m officially sucked back into Avalon and the Authurian legend Again

  3. says:

    Review from the PFS Book ClubWhat I Liked This book, unlike the popular The Mists of Avalon, is swift and uncomplicated The characters are still interesting it was especially nice to see Viviane s backstory, since she was one of the characters that made Mists so great, and the plot zings along at a breakneck speed.The three part book, basically a trilogy of novellas, is smart and different from most books on the shelves these days, so it was a nice change from the usual And, in general, each of the three parts still felt like the same book and each part was just as solidly written as the others.What I Didn t Like You ever get the feeling that a book was written just to get it done Or that perhaps the magic had somehow disappeared after previous books The Mists of Avalon is a masterwork of fantasy on the topics of gender, religion, and fate versus free will, but all of the other Avalon books I ve read have failed to stand up to that original book Each of them feels like a paler copy of the original.And it isn t really like it s that complicated to see why Lady of Avalon is sorely lacking in the philosophical debates that made Mists so great We see some standard duty versus need going on, and perhaps some nature versus nurture, but they simply don t go deep enough There s not enough time spent on them, and the characters and plot don t seem to care enough about the bigger, universal picture In Mists, it s a driving force Here, it s a neat sidenote.Last Thought A pale imitation of a great work that still manages to be entertaining, if nothing else.

  4. says:

    More great stories by MZB I enjoyed reading the three parts in this book However, I have to say that this book along with Priestess of Avalon should of been one book but in chronological order so the reader can enjoy and understand the story instead of going back and forth between the books Part I of this book is the direct sequel to The Forest House and I really enjoyed reading about Caillean s foster son Eilan Gaius Macellius son Gawan and the Fairy Queens daughter Sienna s trials, but was very disappointed that Gawan son of a 100 kings and Sienna Tiriki lives didn t even get a chance once they finally got to be together but the story of their trials they went through was very interesting Most importantly though was because of their deaths was the reasons behind for Caillean and The Fairy Queen to move Avalon into the mist between the Fairy World and the Human World No man would be able to get to Avalon or even see it unless they were brought there by a priestess or priest that were trained and knew the spell to get there.Part II Dierna is now The Lady of Avalon and she strives to keep Rome s British resourches for the country s own protection but in order to do so she must tie the admiral of the Britannic Fleet Marcus Aurelius Musaeus Carausius to an Avalon Priestess Teleri princess of the Durotriges After the ritual, Carausius takes Teleri as his wife and he becomes the protector of Britannia and the Emperor of Britannia I found myself disliking the ways the ways of how the Priestess and priest thought and the laws of Rome In my personal opinion, Dierna and Carausiu should of been together from the beginning.Part III This Part of the book is the prequel to the Mist of Avalon Ana is the Lady of Avalon now Her daughter Viviane is brought back to Avalon at the age of 14 after spending her young life among a foster family Viviane and Ana s relationship is a love hate relationship but they learn to respect each other through time Viviane becomes the sacrifice and is tied to Britannia by mating with Vortimer and leaves the life of Avalon to be with him, but Vortimer only lives for 3 or 4 months afterwards but he does gain a victory before his death Vivianne returns to Avalon and learns she is pregnant and also that her mother Ana is pregnant again.Ana had a total of 5 daughters but the two oldest died before Viviane came back to Avalon the first time Now after she has returned, Ana gives birth to two daughters Igraine and Morgause who will become very important in the book Mist of Avalon Viviane loses her child after the birth and 3 months later her mother Ana dies giving birth to Morgause but Viviane s milk is still in and she takes Morgause to nurse Viviane becomes Lady of Avalon and the Merlin is brought back by the chief druid Taliesin and Taliesin becomes the Merlin whom will play a big role in the book Mist of Avalon.Over all, the stories were great to read and I enjoyed all of them Note Lady of Avalon and Priestess of Avalon need to be read together in sections The following link explains the chronology order of the Avalon Books.

  5. says:

    Things heat up The plot gets intense Gwenwyhfar is an illogical, self righteous little twat Her theology is so propagandized and not really actually reasoned I keep getting mad and wondering why somebody doesn t just say, You re a bigot Why are you so afraid and hating The Roman Christians violently invaded this land, came and started a war, murdered the original inhabits into submission, and then have the audacity to say our culture and religion is evil And the way she judges other women, can anyone actually be that genuinely hypocritical inside themselves I just don t understand why she hates Druidism so much, when at time at she was going to go to the Beltane fires herself just the massive swings of erratic irrationalism in her feelings and thinking Like how one second she goes thinking so self righteously about how Morgaine is a harlot, when she s only had one less lover herself.Errughghgh There damn better be some poetic justice at the end of this

  6. says:

    Definitely a satisfying read although the mother daughter relationship irked me no end.

  7. says:

    I didn t love this half as much as I loved The Mists of Avalon and maybe that s to be expected Mists is as legendary as the subject of Arthurian legends itself and coming as a prequel, Lady of Avalon has plenty to live up to Nevertheless, Marion Zimmer Bradley s talent for creating some of fantasy s most powerful women is as formidable as ever in Caillean, Sianna and of course, Viviane Her characters are complex, layered with the sublime and hence, prove to be all the human when events take a dramatic, messy turn Even unfortunate Teleri has a very Helen of Troy feel to her role and I couldn t help but be drawn to her in sympathy and understanding Plot wise, however, I would ve preferred myth and adventures to political maneuverings On the whole, Lady of Avalon is of a history lesson of Avalon and less of a mythical, magical tale It isn t tedious, but it isn t as exhilarating as I expected One very minor irritant though I found the index of places completely useless I must ve looked up at least half a dozen cities or countries in their archaic names only to find nothing, while those actually on the index weren t referred to in the book at all Grr

  8. says:

    Lady of Avalon, continues Caillean s story from where we last see her in The Forest House With her vivid descriptive narrative and masterful story teller s art Marion Zimmer Bradley shows us a world as it may have been but touched by Magic We see Avalon become the home of the priestesses of the great Goddess Through the cycles of the year and the lives of three of Avalon s high priestesses, Caillean, Dierna and Viviane we see Avalon come to the destiny which is fulfilled in The Mists of Avalon.

  9. says:

    Abandoned because I couldn t be bothered to care and then I started reading about scandals and the author instead and her work felt repugnant to me I hope I can still re read The Mists of Avalon without feeling gross.

  10. says:

    3 and 1 2 stars I liked this better than The Forest House, but not as well as TMOA This is really 3 shorter stories in one, all having to do with a different Lady of Avalon The stories end up all following kind of the same trajectory, so it gets a little repetitive, but they were just the right length.

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