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Ancestors of Avalon (Avalon #5)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  16,842 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Once again, Diana L. Paxson has beautifully elaborated on Marion Zimmer Bradley's beloved Avalon saga with this dramatic new installment, which for the first time reveals the past of the ancestors of Avalon, from their beginnings on the doomed island of Atlantis to their escape to the mist-shrouded isle of Britain. It follows the extraordinary journey of two powerful women ...more
Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Debbie
I loved Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon". This book is loosely based on her mythology, but since Marion died shortly after "Mists of Avalon" was published, most of the other books attributed to her were written by Diana Paxson. Diana is an OK writer, but it isn't up to the quality of Marion, so that said, this book provides some backstory to "Mists of Avalon". It supposes that the people who founded the mythological Avalon came from world of Atlantis; that they escaped as Atlantis was f ...more
Cara St.Hilaire
Though I'm impressed that Paxson utilized Zimmer Bradley's vision for this title, it is the weakest of the series. I was so disappointed because the main love story (Tiriki and Micail) was weak. The underlying female strength and spirituality that is usually in the Avalon books is missing. Even the description of place and landscape that I've loved so much in these novels seems to not be present. I didn't feel that this prequel left me with a foundation to be more enlightened regarding the other ...more
readmuchrunfar
There was absolutely nothing good about this book that I could find. Paxson's link-up of MZB's Atlantis and Avalon series was embarrassingly bad. Bad writing, bad characterization, and to top it off, the text of the edition I read was full of errors! Maybe if someone had bothered to edit this, he or she would have realized how bad it was before it was too late. Ouch! Diana Paxson, please leave Avalon alone! It's a damn shame how bad this is compared to MZB's masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon.
Kat
I'm over trying to recreate my Mists of Avalon experience........it is impossible.
Ronda  Tutt
This was a great read, I loved how it picked up from where the first book "The Fall of Alantis" ends.

In the first book "The Fall of Alantis" (Known as the Ancient Land - Alantis is of made up of many islands) it is foretold that the City of the Circling Snake (capital of the Ancient Land)will fall into the sea and the evil power will spread unto the other islands and they will sink into the sea as well.

Now in this second book, the City of the Circling Snake and many of the other islands have fel
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Aaminah Shakur
Having read "The Forest House", "Lady of Avalon" and "Mists of Avalon", i was excited to read this book but instead found it too dull and too obvious that it was written by Diana (who is, herself a wonderful writer so i mean no disrespect) rather than Marion. It just didn't "gel" right for me. i wasn't really able to bring myself to finish it because it didn't hook me. i think i might have read maybe half of it, and every time i went back to it to try again it just didn't appeal to me. It just i ...more
Kristen
Jul 09, 2010 Kristen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only for MZB "Avalon" completists
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Kristen
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J.P. Reedman
Not impressed. MISTS OF AVALON, despite being totally bogus in its 'historical' aspects (guess what? 'Celts' didn't worship some prime Mother Goddess, nor were they a particularly peaceable people)at least had the 'right' feel to it, enough to convince a LOT of readers that this was indeed what ancient Britons were like.
Now in ANCESTORS we have Atlanteans building Stonehenge. Gee, heck, I guess those dumb old Britons were nothing but stupid savages who couldn't figure out how to raise a monumen
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Joy
A friend is clearing out their library in preparation for a move, and so I picked out some books to read before they go off to be sold/donated, and this was one of them. I read the original Mists of Avalon in college and have also read the other two books related to it, but had never bothered to pick this one up. I enjoyed the book quite a bit, and it fits in nicely with the story as already established.

The story begins in Atlantis, just days before the final volcanic eruption that destroys the
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Marsha
Ms. Paxson’s sweeping epic of the fall of Atlantis, the struggle for survival of its few remaining refugees and the rise and fall of Stonehenge is brimming with passion, adventure and the absorbing rituals of mundane living along with the tensions and conflicts that arise when old cultures meet new societies.

While men and women hold more or less equal place, we are witness once again to the power of the feminine spirit, especially when pitted against male energies. There is no facile, smug super
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Beth
I read Mists of Avalon back in high school, and though I don't remember the details, I recall that I loved it. So I picked Ancestors of Avalon up at a library fundraiser book sale, with the intention of reading the series in timeline-order (not publishing-order).

I'm glad I recall nothing of the finer plot pots from before, because this is clearly a different story (although the author's note at the end explains the common thread throughout). Apparently each novel in the series stands alone, but
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Michelle
The first 25% of this book was kind of like reading Titanic in reverse with the land sinking instead of the boat. The world building was also.most too fast as if all the characters and politics should have had their own book. As a reader I was overwhelmed by the all the names and ranks of people that I ultimately had no need of knowing after the island sank. I'm not giving anything away. It's Atlantis, it goes down. And along with the great island nation, half of the people I bothered memorizing ...more
Joe Davoust
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Helena
I'm positive that I've already read this book before...
I've started reading thinking that some things seemed familiar and moving forward I felt that I knew everything that would happen...

This being said... The book it's not the best of the saga! Otherwise I would KNOW for sure that I've already read it!! But hey... It's a good enough read to pass the time.

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❁ Yve ❁
VAGUE SPOILERS AHEAD

Wow, there are a lot of negative reviews for this one.


I think it's a good addition to the series. Let us not forget that Diana L. Paxson did work closely with Marion Zimmer Bradley so it's not as if some random person is coming in and hijacking MZB's series. And her writing is very good, with the exception of the one thing I loathe most about fantasy novels, the ridiculous names. The list of characters takes up 6 pages at the beginning and I kept getting all the side charact
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Lady
This book filled in some of the blanks left in M. Z. Bradley's Mists of Avalon. (I'll get to that later.) Furthermore, it fired my imagination to imagine what life was like on the mystical Isle of Atlantis. Quite Grecian and sunny, apparently; and not only that, but a place for refugees from an even more ancient land that sank below the sea, who carried their esoteric secrets to Atlantis.

The book presented me with a bit of confusion regarding this Grecian aspect of the Isle of Atlantis: The Isl
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Lauren
People seem to slag this one, but seeing as how I haven't read the original book written by Bradley so I don't have the perspective most of those people seem to have. I can't compare the writing styles or the content of the books so I'm reviewing this book with that in mind.

I enjoyed this one. I really love books about Atlantis, so when I discovered that this series starts with this book I was really excited to read it. It's an interesting take on the origins of Stonehenge. Having seen it in per
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Patricia Rodrigues
Mais um livro da saga Avalon, mas que não chegou a ser editado em Portugal. E eis que um dia, sem andar à procura do livro, a versão mobi me "apareceu" à frente e mesmo sendo em português do Brasil, acabei por pegar nele e ler.
O livro começa ainda em Atlântida mesmo antes da sua "queda", onde alguns habitantes e sacerdotes conseguem fugir em barcos e chegar às Ilhas Britânicas.
Grande parte do livro é passado já nas ilhas Britânicas, em que acompanhamos dois grupos que atracaram em locais difere
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Shonna Froebel
This novel was inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley's series on Avalon, of which I read Mists of Avalon years ago and loved. I put this book on my list several years ago, and finally got around to reading it. It is a kind of prequel taking place many years before the Avalon books.
I read another book in this series by Paxson, Ravens of Avalon some time ago as well and enjoyed it. This novel begins with the fall of Atlantis and the destruction of several islands that made up the empire. The main char
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Nicole
I picked up my very first Marion Zimmer Bradley book abou 14 years ago.
The Mists of Avalon was an eye-opener for me, and since my first experience of MZB's amazing story-telling abilities, I've made sure to pick up a book written by her every few months.

Whether she writes about Avalon, Atlantis, Darkover or Truth Jourdemayne's America - I am fascinated, inspired, and awed. I write down quotes from the books, look up more information about things written about in the books, and find myself addin
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Rosanna
I really wanted to like this book. As the connection between Bradley's early work in the society of Atlantis (published as Web of Darkness, Web of Light and later as Fall of Atlantis) and her retelling of the Story of King Arthur (Mists of Avalon) I really wanted to love it.

But I don't think Paxson really knows the world Bradley created with the Avalon series as well as she thinks she does. The pacing was terrible and the plot line was predictable. I found myself reading and thinking that thing
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Nicole
I picked this up from the used section at the local bookstore, and was intrigued because the title had Bradley's name attached to it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

I felt as if I missed something while reading this book. I've read some of the previous books that are said to go along with this saga but I still felt as if I were missing a gap of information and I really have no idea why.

There were also a lot of characters in this book and sometimes it was hard to keep up with if it weren't for
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Kythe42
I really enjoyed reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson. In this story the combined kingdoms of Atlantis are destroyed by a cataclysm and the survivors must make their way to new lands to preserve their knowledge and traditions. The story kept me engaged despite being slow paced and when it was over it left me craving more. There are more books in the series, but not with the same characters(unless you count reincarnations that aren't even mentioned in the books f ...more
Maddalena
Non è che sia proprio orribile, eppure questo romanzo riesce a far torto sia al ciclo di Avalon sia a Le luci di Atlantide, tra cui dovrebbe fare da ponte.
Una lettura che può o meno interessare un fan della Zimmer Bradley, ma se pensate di leggerlo come primo romanzo suo NON FATELO! Che davvero vi fate un'idea sbagliata (anche perchè in realtà è stato scritto da Diana L. Paxson...)
Cassie Helwig
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Sarah
I love the Avalon Series. I never read the Darkover Novels, so I'm sure there were some references lost on me, and for me this wasn't the best book in the series. However, the world created by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and then by Paxon, is so amazing. Even though this isn't my favorite book in the series, I love learning about this world.
Lauren
This book was OK. In light of the fact that I only bought it because I loved "The Mists of Avalon", it was a terrible disappointment. The dialogue didn't seem to fit the time period and seemed the same from person to person, despite personality, nationality or caste. The character names were odd and too hard to keep up with and I never really got attached or could relate to any one in particular. On top of it all, the writing was pretty mediocre and descriptions were lackluster. With that said, ...more
Cadeyra
Ich bin ein richtiger Fan von den Avalon-Büchern und als ich erfahren habe, dass es noch weitere gibt, habe ich mich gefreut. Als ich dann zufällig in einem offenen Bücherschrank auf eines stiess, nahm ich es mit und fing es gleich zu lesen an. Leider fand ich es nicht so spannend, wie die anderen. Inhaltlich passiert auch nicht so viel. Erst zum Schluss wird es etwas interessanter. Die Figuren haben mir aber gefallen. Irgendwie hatte ich mehr erwartet.


I am a fan of the Avalon-Books and was glad
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Kate
Another in the Mists of Avalon series, this novel takes us the furthest back - to the ancestors who founded Avalon after escaping the fall of Atlantis. I think this novel follows some of the characters we met in Bradley's Fall of Atlantis, but I liked this book better than Fall. As I said in my review of Fall of Atlantis, it felt like Bradley had not fully developed the style she used in her Mist series when she wrote the Fall of Atlantis and, as a result, I didn't enjoy it quite as much. But An ...more
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Diana L. Paxson (born 1943) is a novelist and author of nonfiction, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has also published nonfiction books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices.

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