The Forest House Prequel To The Mists Of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley S Beloved And Enduring Classic Is A Mesmerizing Epic Of One Woman S Mythic Role At A Turning Point In HistoryIn A Britain Struggling To Survive Roman Invasion, Eilan Is The Daughter Of A Druidic Warleader, Gifted With Visions And Marked By Fate To Become A Priestess Of The Forest HouseBut Fate Also Led Eilan To Gaius, A Soldier Of Mixed Blood, Son Of The Romans Sent To Subdue The Native British For Gaius, Eilan Felt Forbidden Love, And Her Terrible Secret Will Haunt Her Even As She Is Anointed As The New High Priestess With Mighty Enemies Poised To Destroy The Magic The Forest House Shelters, Eilan Must Trust In The Power Of The Great Goddess To Lead Her Through The Treacherous Labyrinth Of Her DestinyTake The Forest House Quiz I read these backwards Read this one before the Lady of Avalon, and then read The Mists of Avalon That way you have them in order This book was a bit harder read than the other two, but quite good My bias may have been a result of reading them out of order. Someone recently suggested to me when I was reading The Mists of Avalon to stop reading the Avalon series at that point She said she had read some of the other books in the series and they were appallingly bad I don t know if this was one she was referring to or not, but I should have listened to her She is wise.I didn t love The Mists of Avalon upon rereading it now, but I did appreciate it , I think, than I had over twenty years ago when I read it originally There are aspects to the book that appeal to me, and as far as world building, Bradley did a pretty decent job.None of that exists here in the prequel.Blah, blah, something, something, first century Basically you have a Druidic priestess, Eilan, who falls in love with a Roman office, Gaius, and the entire story is pretty much about that I love you , I love you too , But this cannot happen , You re right, wanna do it , Shyeah And then the inevitable happens view spoiler she gets preggers hide spoiler A beautifully written prequel to the magnificent Mists of Avalon, the story of a doomed star crossed love between British Priestess, Eilan and a half British half Roman legionnaire Gauis, in first century southern Britain, also takes us to Caledonia Scotland , Germany and Rome Gives us rich insight to and brings to life both the Roman Empire and Celtic Briton society, especially that of Druidic persuasion.At this time the Roman are ruthlessly destroying the Druidic culture and a small b and of British nationalists sworn to drive the Romans from Britain, called the Ravens led by Eilan s foster brother Cynric.Eilan falls in love with Gauis after he is rescued by her and her family after falling into a pit and being wounded, and convalesces with them without their knowledge that he is a Roman Legionnaire.Gauis is forced by his father Marcellus, a wealthy and powerful tribune to marry a Roman girl, and Eilan pregnant with his child is now a priestess on Avalon.Years go by and the political and religious intertwines with love and hate between people , leading to a tragic end.Playing a role are the Irish high priestess Cailean , the Arch Druid, Elain s granfather Ardanos and her cruel father Bereigid and her resentful sister Deida.The new sect know as the Christians has come to Britain and Gauis wife Julia and the young trainee priestess Senara joins them We learn of insights into faith, including the Christian concept of the female side of G D known as the Sophia, which might have had its roots in the Jewish concept of the female incantation of the holy spirit known as the Schechina.An absorbing and at times heartbreaking tale, which makes the experience of reading the Mists of Avalon richer reading of the ancestors of the protagonists in that feminist retelling of Arthurian legend. This was a book that lost much of its magic on a re read.The writing style felt a bit odd, with some words thrown in that did not fit the rest of the wording It also made the book drag a bit, even though it felt hurried I mean, it does span the lifetime of Eilan and Gaius, but the time jumps could have been smoother.In terms of plot, it was a bit hard to keep track of who wanted what and why There were far too many tribes and names to keep track of As for the main characters, they all felt flat, their motives not clear enough.
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 Ham
- 462 pages
- The Forest House
- Marion Zimmer Bradley
- 14 February 2019 Marion Zimmer Bradley