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2.67 of 5 stars 2.67  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Fleeing from Camelot and Arthur's anger, two desperate
Paperback, 237 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Naiad Press
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E.M. Taggart
Apparently Mary J. Jones never wrote another novel, which is a shame. This story is about the Lady of the Lake. In this reimagining, she's a sort of priestess and part of a female-dominated society, but the novel never falls into didacticism. Instead there is a great deal of imaginative world-building which draws more on the history of the period than on Arthurian legend, and the large cast of characters is well realized and varied. I read almost the entire book in a single night; it was absorbi...more
This book gets a 3 instead of a 2 purely because it was written in 1991 and she made an attempt to tell the story, which even today some people don't.

Arthurian romances are a tricky business. The legends are a morass of contradictory oral and written legend. Avalon does nothing to untangle the mess; her sources are unclear and the writing frequently obtuse and dry. However, the narrative was charming and the characters moderately interesting, so this book is a good historical curiosity if nothin...more
Interesting, confusing, peculiar stuff. Not as awesome as I was hoping... bumped up half a star because of the gay :P
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