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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Mists of Avalon (original 1982; edition 2000)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Title:The Mists of Avalon
Authors:Marion Zimmer Bradley
Info:Del Rey (2000), Edition: Reissue, Hardcover, 912 pages
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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1982)

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One of my top 5 favorite books of all time! ( )
  jenladuca | May 22, 2015 |
Mists of Avalon-Mistress of Magic is the first of the Avalon series that presents the legend of King Arthur, retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. In this first book, the tale is told primarily from the points of view Morgaine, (Morgana Le Fey), Priestess of Avalon, Viviane, The Lady of the Lake (and Morgaine’s aunt and mentor) and Igraine (the mother of both Artj=hur and Morgaine). The author presents the story of Morgaine from childhood to Priestess in her home on the Isle of Avalon, the center of Druidism and goddess worship. This is also the story of the political and religious conflict between the new Christianity and the "old ways" of goddess worship. Believers of each religion seek to control the throne. I found the novel interesting, presenting a new perspective on the Arthurian legend, and particularly of the character of Morgan Le Fey. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. 3 ½ out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | May 4, 2015 |
Ah. I was so looking forward to reading this book as I've been wanting to get my teeth in to some Arthurian Legend for a long time now. It was also quite interesting to see it from Morgan le Fey's P.O.V. (and other women besides) but the writing was just terrible and it was so slow and rather predictable. It was less Classic Arthurian Legend re-telling and more self-indulgent FanFic. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Notes for the reader: The first hundred pages has a plot. The other 500 hundred are sex scenes smeared with talk of sex and no remaining plot. By page 250, every paragraph is about sex. The plot is lost.
It destroys any beauty in ancient myths and legends. If you enjoyed King Author's myths and histories, don't read this! At least she changed the names a bit, so maybe people can re-read the King Author stories without the taste of bile in their mouths.
Just because it's popular to write mixed gender porn, doesn't mean it's necessary.
It would have been nice to read a novel from the females of the time's point of view. They thought about far more than sex!

What ages would I recommend it too? Only those who are comfortable reading about sex, rape, and incest.

Length? Many days.

Characters? Memorable, several characters.

Setting? Fantasy.

Written approximately? 1982.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? This book return to the used books store.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Find the plot. Reduce the sex scenes to the minimum necessary. Allow the characters to be believable.

Short storyline: Females in King Author's life and their porn tales.

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  AprilBrown | Feb 25, 2015 |
I liked this very much when I read it; Bradley did a masterful job with the legend. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
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In ''The Mists of Avalon,'' Marion Zimmer Bradley's monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends, the story begins differently, in the slow stages of female desire and of moral, even mythic, choice. Stepping into this world through the Avalon mists, we see the saga from an entirely untraditional perspective: not Arthur's, not Lancelot's, not Merlin's. We see the creation of Camelot from the vantage point of its principal women - Viviane, Gwynyfar, Morgaine and Igraine. This, the untold Arthurian story, is no less tragic, but it has gained a mythic coherence; reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience.

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Marion Zimmer Bradleyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bralds, BraldtCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herranen, PaulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"...Morgan le Fay was not married, but put to school in a nunnery, where she became a great mistress of magic."
- Malory, Morte d'Arthur
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Morgaine speaks...In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen.
a land ruled by priests is a land filled with tyrants on Earth and in Heaven
the faith of Christ is a fitting faith for slaves who think themselves sinners and humble
What of the King Stag, when the young stag is grown?
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Even readers who don't normally enjoy Arthurian legends will love this version, a retelling from the point of view of the women behind the throne. Morgaine (more commonly known as Morgan Le Fay) and Gwenhwyfar (a Welsh spelling of Guinevere) struggle for power, using Arthur as a way to score points and promote their respective worldviews. The Mists of Avalon's Camelot politics and intrigue take place at a time when Christianity is taking over the island-nation of Britain; Christianity vs. Faery, and God vs. Goddess are dominant themes.

Young and old alike will enjoy this magical Arthurian reinvention by science fiction and fantasy veteran Marion Zimmer Bradley. --Bonnie Bouman

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When Morgan le Fay (Morgaine) has to sacrifice her virginity during fertility rites, the man who impregnates her is her younger brother Arthur, whom she turns against when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.

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