|The Mists of Avalon|
Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
Series: The Lady of Avalon, The Forest House
Review by: CL7 Deanna & CL6 Kassandra
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The veil that sheilds Avalon from the world is parted to allow the reader to fall endlessly into a place that is enchanting and mesmerizing. Here in this magical legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table a new story emerges, as the scene is retold through the eyes of the women who weilded the power from behind the throne.
There is the dark yet enchanting Morgaine, half sister to Arthur and High Priestess on Avalon, an enchanted land where women rule as creators of life and keepers of knowledge. We also see Queen Gwynhefar (I don't like her character much and if she were real, I doubt I'd like her at all *LOL* - Deanna's note). She is torn between her duty to the King, the God she serves, and her passion for the dashing Lancelot.
Both women have powerful struggles, both undergo many obstacles and many tests. However, in the end, they both triumph.
The book is a long, lengthy read not for the person who doesn't like "big books." The characters come to life, they have twists and turns to their personalities that are at times unsuspected.
It's refreshng to see a tale so many times told, be able to see and feel so familiar yet so different. My thanks to Bradley for imagining such a great book.
If you like "The Mists of Avalon", then you will have to read "The Lady of Avalon" and "The Forest House." Both are prequels to this novel.
Title: The Mists of Avalon