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Lady of Avalon (1997)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Series: Avalon, Published Order (3), Avalon, Chronological Order (5)

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A new age is coming...The King will come...and he will rule forever in Avalon.Through the generations the women of Avalon prepare for the coming of the Defender, the sacred king who will guard the old ways of the Britons and save their land from destruction. On the holy isle of Avalon, hidden in the mists between the world of Faerie and the world of men, they wait.For High Priestess Caillean, facing the Roman foe, salvation comes not through victory, but bitter sacrifice. Two hundred years later her successor, Dierna, faces a new enemy: the Saxon hordes who assail her people like savages. By the time of Viviane, Britain seems wholly lost. But a Merlin is made amongst the Druids once more, and the day of the Defender, who will come to be known as Arthur, draws close.A spellbinding historical fantasy, Lady of Avalon links the bestselling novels in the Avalon series-The Forests of Avalon and The Mists of Avalon.… (more)
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  5083mitzi | Apr 25, 2020 |
Great rendition of Arthurian legend from a woman's perspective and the goddess cult that might have been. ( )
  Lylee | Apr 3, 2016 |
I have always enjoyed reading books about King Authur and his Knights of the Round Table. This book focus is on the Druid Priestesses. If you like fantasy you will love this book. It keeps you turning the page. ( )
  ShirleyMcLain930 | Aug 3, 2014 |
didnt know it was book 5 when i bought it ( )
  Kaitlin_Michelle | Jul 14, 2014 |
Lady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a compilation of three novellas, each set in a different time period, and each with a different High Priestess or "Lady" of Avalon. Part one is a direct sequel to The Forest House and tells the story of how the protective mists that separate Avalon from the surrounding land were put in place by Caillean. Part two is about a priestess named Teleri who is compelled to marry a man she does not love in order to tie him to Avalon to ensure the safety of Britain. Part three is a direct prequel to The Mists of Avalon and is the story of Viviane's childhood and training on Avalon and the events that led to her becoming High Priestess of Avalon. Although these are three separate stories, they all contain similar themes which tie them together. I rather enjoyed the first and third parts, but part two I found more tedious and didn't really feel it added much to the series as a whole except to provide some context for certain events that happened in the book Priestess of Avalon. Overall I'd really recommend this book to fans of the Avalon series as it provides some really good background story to The Mists of Avalon.

This book should be read after The Forest House(and Ravens of Avalon before that) and before Mists of Avalon. There are also references to The Fall of Atlantis and Ancestors of Avalon but it is less important that you read these books first. The book Priestess of Avalon overlaps both chronologically and in plot with part two of this book. There are many options for the order in which to read the two books. You could simply read Lady of Avalon first and then Priestess of Avalon second or vice-versa. You could read Priestess of Avalon anytime after the first part of Lady of Avalon, but make sure you finish reading it before you start part three of Lady of Avalon. My preferred method is a bit more complicated though. First read part one of Lady of Avalon. Second read part one of Priestess of Avalon and up to chapter 11 of part two. Third read part two of Lady of Avalon. Forth finish parts two and three of Priestess of Avalon, and then finally read part three of Lady of Avalon. ( )
  Kythe42 | Mar 30, 2014 |
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Marion Zimmer Bradleyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Argent, PhilipCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ohl, ManfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartorius, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Diana L. Paxson, without whom this book could not have been written, and to Darkmoon Circle, the priestesses of Avalon
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It was nearing sunset, and the quiet waters of the Vale of Avalon were overlaid with gold.
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Is it of your own free will, without force or coercion by your father or anyone, that you seek to join the holy sisterhood that dwell in Avalon?
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A new age is coming...The King will come...and he will rule forever in Avalon.Through the generations the women of Avalon prepare for the coming of the Defender, the sacred king who will guard the old ways of the Britons and save their land from destruction. On the holy isle of Avalon, hidden in the mists between the world of Faerie and the world of men, they wait.For High Priestess Caillean, facing the Roman foe, salvation comes not through victory, but bitter sacrifice. Two hundred years later her successor, Dierna, faces a new enemy: the Saxon hordes who assail her people like savages. By the time of Viviane, Britain seems wholly lost. But a Merlin is made amongst the Druids once more, and the day of the Defender, who will come to be known as Arthur, draws close.A spellbinding historical fantasy, Lady of Avalon links the bestselling novels in the Avalon series-The Forests of Avalon and The Mists of Avalon.

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Set in the time before King Arthur, this novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley brings the mesmerizing world of Avalon brilliantly to life with epic grandeur-telling the story of three remarkable women who alter the fortunes of Roman Britain as they fight to reclaim the magic and traditions of a once glorious past...

Bien avant la légende du roi Arthur et Camelot, Avalon était là, majestueuse terre arborant vallées dorées et brumes argentées. Sur cette île, siège de la Déesse Mère, trois prêtresses puissantes façonnent la destinée de l'Angleterre en luttant pour regagner la magie et les traditions d'un monde autrefois moins sombre. Acculées par les envahisseurs, pouvoirs et visions sont leurs seules armes dans ce combat pour la liberté. Et leur unique espoir réside dans leur quête de l'incarnation du Roi Sacré, le vrai Fils de Cent Rois qui, grâce à son épée légendaire Excalibur, affrontera l'ennemi pour le salut de la nation tout entière. "
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