The Mists of Avalon

The Mists of Avalon

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The magical saga of the women behind King Arthur's throne.

"A monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends . . . reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience. . . . An impressive achievement."-- The New York Times Book Review

In Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterpiece, 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. 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 the 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.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Random House Publishing Group, 2000.
Edition: 1st Ballantine books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780345350497
Branch Call Number: FANTASY BRADLEY
Characteristics: xi, 876 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 18, 2019

Merlin. Morgana. Nimue. King Arthur. Yes, of course I loved it. Book focuses on Morgana and and her time in the mystical world of Avalon. Other strong female characters like the dark and mystical Nimue are explored as well. Hits all the fantasy buttons for me with magic and a heavy dose of Druidism. One of my all time favorites. Totally agree with another reviewer that if you like this book you should read Mary Stewart’s Crystal Cave trilogy.

Nov 28, 2018

I originally picked up this book because I enjoyed reading the Merlin trilogy by Mary Steward in high school. I wasn't sure how much I would like this book, but I ended up loving it. It's a really fascinating take on the Arthurian Legend and I also loved the complicated characters. It's a long book, but the pages flew by for me.

Feb 23, 2018

A tough read at times, but the end is worthwhile.

ArapahoeElia Jun 21, 2017

I could not put this book down. I was so captivated by the world created in the stories. The familiar stories of King Arthur and his knights are rewoven through eyes of the women who guided them: Priestesses, Faeries, Great Queens, and Sorceresses. Oh my! A must read for any fantasy fiction enthusiast! :D

SaraLovesBooks Oct 18, 2016

I have never been one to like the Arthurian legends. They just never interested me. Then I read "Mists of Avalon". I loved how Bradley wrote the story from the perspective of the female characters. I liked the conflict between the ancient pagan religions and the "new" Christian religion, and how it was presented. I loved ultimately how human the characters were, in the choices that they made.

ArapahoeStaff11 Aug 27, 2016

The story of Camelot from the perspective of the female characters. I couldn't put it down!

Jun 13, 2016

I have read this story 3 times and loved it each time. It is a charming and seemingly well researched retelling of the Merlin & King Arthur story from a different perspective - that of the women in Arthur's life. The views and life and beliefs of Morgan le Fay are particularly intriguing. Bradley is an outstanding storyteller and she does not disappoint here.

Jun 10, 2016

I'm not a big fan of the King Arthur stories--or anything about the pagan druids-- as most of them are set during medieval Britain, rather than the historically correct Roman Britain. I did find The Mists of Avalon rather interesting when I read it in 2000, howbeit...too much on the pagan religion.

KCLSLibrarians Aug 28, 2014

The classic tale of Camelot and Arthur as told from a feminist perspective. Bradley weaves the story around the lives of Morgan le Faye and all the powerful Ladies of the Lake.

JCLAmandaH Feb 11, 2014

The magic of Arthurian legend, Celtic mythology, and pagan spirituality with a feminist slant. Required reading for all teen girls, right? It will change the way you look at these characters and the perspectives of historical interpretation.

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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

Morgan le Fay turns against her younger brother Arthur when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.

FavouriteFiction Oct 01, 2009

The tale of King Arthur and Camelot as experienced by the women central to it; Gwenhwyfar, Igraine, Viviane and Morgan.


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