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The Mists of Avalon
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Adult Fiction BRADLEY

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Emily said:
This fantasical novel takes place in medieval England, during the mythical age of King Arthur. Throughout much of the course of the book, a battle both of swords but also of words between those wishing for religious freedom and the acknowledgement of the people of Avalon, and those working for the advancement of fundamentalist ideas of Christianity within the British kingdom rages, the main general conflict within the novel. Disagreements, scandals, and even some satirical humor make this novel a funny one, even despite the serious nature of the conflict. This novel is definitely worthy of the praise that has given to it, and is definitely a must-read for older teen fantasy gurus.
posted Apr 9, 2005
Patsy said:
Not strictly a historical novel, but excellent writing and a fascinating slant on the whole Authurian legend.
posted Sep 20, 2007 at 4:27PM
Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
Arthurian Legend, as old as the hills, is given new life in this epic story told from the perspective of the women of Camelot, rather than the men. It was at times both refreshing and shocking, and I was pleasantly surprised to see non-Christian beliefs painted in a frank, sympathetic light. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to pick up this book. It has inspired me to read some of the more traditional Arthurian tales in order to compare them.
posted Sep 23, 2008 at 10:48AM
vampiredw said:
horrible!!! the absolute worst book i ever attempted to read. that’s right
posted Nov 1, 2009 at 7:32PM
Avatar for Plymouth Library Plymouth Library said:
An awesomely amazing epic book about the world of King Arthur. Mostly told from the female point of view, this takes the Arthurian tale and puts a different perspective on things. Clashes of family, religion, tradition, progress, temptation, and fate all add up to a story way better than what you remembered as a kid. And that was already a pretty good story to begin with. :)
posted Jun 3, 2014 at 5:49PM
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main characters Morgaine/Morgan Le Fay
Half-sister of King Arthur; manipulative; high-priestess of the Mother Goddess religion; daughter of Igraine; arranges Lancelot's marriage; married to Uriens of North Wales; determined to strengthen the cause of Avalon; wants excalibur from her brother Arthur; loses her lover.

Wife of King Arthur; pious; fearful; having an affair with Lancelot, a Knight of the Round Table.

The Lady of the Lake; magical priestess of the Isle of Avalon; brings about the marriage of her younger sister Igraine to Uther Pendragon; tricks Morgaine and Arthur into becoming lovers.

Deceptively married to Uther; mother of Igraine from her first marriage; mother of King Arthur, who is believed to be the last hope in the war between the Saxons and Romans.

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