Friday, October 16, 2015

Book review: MISTS OF AVALON (Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley)

MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley
Mystery, desire, adventure and deception-- these are a few of the many virtues that this epic novel holds within its grasp. The Mists of Avalon is the tale of the Arthurian legends as you have never read them before, from the vantage point of the women. The story is told primarily by Morgaine Arthur's sister. The glorious tale is of King Arthur coming to power and his life-long struggle between the two religions he is bound to, the old ways of the Goddess and the new Christianity. This book is not only a wonderful story, full of imaginative and descriptive detailing. It also is the first Arthurian tale of this magnitude to be told from the women's perspective, giving new insight to these world-famous characters and describing the spiritual power of the women behind King Arthur's rule, versus what we usually here about the physical battles and such. Mists of Avalon overall is a wonderful book, with so many wonderful characters. The book weaves so many threads of so many legends together to make a unique tapestry that I know I will never forget. I have read and re-read this book many times through the years. I believe Mists Of Avalon is best telling of the Authurian legend to date. Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and other books of the priestess path as well as the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook. In 2000, she was posthumously awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. -Ivy Dahl Sahjaza

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