The Mists of Avalon

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Ballantine Publishing Group, 1982 - Fiction - 876 pages
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In Marion Zimmer Bradley's reworking of the powerful Arthurian epic, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot's court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king's rise and schemed for his fall. There is Morgaine, an intense woman gifted with the Sight, who has sworn to keep the old religion alive against the growing tide of Christianity that threatens her way of life - even if it means fighting a deadly battle against her beloved brother. And the devout Gwenhwyfar, married to Arthur out of a sense of duty, determined to bring Britain into the light of her God.
From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, we follow these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the great Arthurian epic unfolds stunningly before us. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur's kingdom, as the Knights of Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory, until the fissure between old and new worlds - and old and new religions - claims its most famous victim.

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Review: The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1)

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I couldn't stand large portions of this book, and it took me a very long time to get through (much longer than usual), although the book is quite long. However, despite this I really enjoyed the book ... Read full review

Review: The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1)

User Review  - Nicole Pramik - Goodreads

Much like A Game of Thrones, I have a great deal of respect for large books as I know it can take months, normally years, to not only organize lengthy narratives but also get them down on paper, edit ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

Marion Zimmer Bradley began her distinguished book publishing career in 1961 with her first novel, The Door Through Space. The following year she wrote the first book in her hugely popular Darkover series, Sword of Aldones, which soon became a Hugo Award nominee. Bradley's novel The Forbidden Tower was also nominated for a Hugo, and The Heritage of Hastur was nominated for an esteemed Nebula Award.

The Mists of Avalon was the single most successful novel of Bradley's career. It won the 1984 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and has been among the top five trade paperback books on Locus's bestseller list for years.

Ms. Bradley died in 1999.

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