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Die Herrin Vom See (Hallowed Isle #1)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This addition to the Matter of Britain is an omnibus volume of the first two (of four) novels in Diana L. Paxson's Hallowed Isle series. The first novel begins in the chaos of early fifth century Britain: the Roman legions have left, and the Romano-British aristocracy, along with various Picts and Scotti, and a few assorted Teutonic tribes, are circling the power vacuum li ...more
Published (first published February 1st 1999)
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Bill Tillman
Another spin on Arthur just not as shinny as I like.

I wrote this in 2008:
Arthurian series with a unique representation:
'Paxson departs from the usual fare is in her consideration of the Saxons as people with their own goals and beliefs and lives, rather than as stock barbarians who exist only to destroy what is left of Roman civilization'.

I am very much looking forward to reading these novels.
I've read Ms. Paxson before and like her style. As Marion Zimmer Bradley's sister in law and most trusted friend, she's worked on the Avalon series with Mar
really having a hard time deciding what I think about this book. I like that it is a different take on the Arthur legend, with more of an emphasis on the magic of the sword itself, but the writing is rough and unsatisfying.
Workmanlike tale of Merlin's birth and emergence of the young Arthur. Nothing special here, but future instalments may improve.
Patrick Bättig
Artussage Teil 1: Artur erhält das Schwert von Merlin, der es in einen Stein steckt
I liked this book - it started earlier than usual in the author legend, with Merlin's birth. Not a common angle, but familiar enough to satisfy Authorian legend fans.
concept was good, writing was just too flowery (dense, heavy, just not right) for me....
Definitely more the Arthurian scholar instead of the Arthurian romantic.
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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.

In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over
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