The Prisoner in the Oak (The Mists of Avalon, #4)
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The Prisoner in the Oak (Avalon: Chronological Order #7 part 4/4)

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Book Four finds Morgaine moving closer to the fate that will set her intractably against Arthur--her lover, brother, and now, enemy. Returning to Camelot during the Feast of Pentecost, Morgaine accuses Arthur of compromising the crown, and demands that he return Excalibur to her. When he refuses, Morgaine arranges a confrontation between her lover, Acc...more
Audio CD, Unabridged - Library Ed, 13 pages
Published 1993 by Recorded Books Evergreen (first published 1982)
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Sofia Teixeira
Finalmente chega até nós o quarto e último volume da maravilhosa obra que é As Brumas de Avalon. Ao longo dos últimos três livros, temos vindo a acompanhar a história do grande rei Artur, da sua irmã Morgaine, do seu companheiro Lancelet e da rainha Gwen. No fim d'O Rei Veado a tensão era palpável. Artur virou costas ao seu juramento a Avalon e até o próprio Kevin é dado como traidor.

O Prisioneiro da Árvore é uma obra intensa. A tentativa de ressuscitar os antigos costumes e de preparar um novo...more
Adeselna
O mais medieval da saga escrita pela MZB, embora tenha deixado ainda certas coisas por explicar a verdade é que chegamos a um ponto em que as personagens que vimos nascer e crescer ao longo dos livros anteriores chegam ao seu declínio. Existe quase um desfilar de mortes e de sangue muito típico da literatura medieval (pelo menos europeia) que, apesar de ser brusca injecta alguma "realidade" num livro que supostamente muitos rotulam de fantasia. Comecei a ler "As Brumas de Avalon" como livro femi...more
Nate Garvison
Well, this book made me cry. The ending was powerful and moving.
Diana Marques
This is the book that ends the Mists of Avalon series. This final book tells us of a Britain that starts to forget its pagan past and starts to assimilate in a stronger way the presence of the Christian's God. This is the conclusion of all plots and intrigues that were made up from the beggining of the series, and it also includes the already regular discussions about the pagan religion, the celtic one that gives importance to the women, and the present religion which asks for a submission to a...more
Lydia
OMG. This book. Ugh. So many feels.... It slows down towards the end, but this series is SO GOOD. Read it now if you haven't already!!!
Maggie Maxfield
My favorite of the series, despite the fact the EVERYTHING FELL APART. A word was used to describe the Merlin right before his death: Fey. Synonyms for Fey: doomed, marked for death. The whole series was like this. And why was I so surprised at the demise of all the characters I'd begrudgingly come to love? It's not like I expected King Arthur's Court to be a lasting entity. I know it doesn't exist now. But I was riveted at its demise.
Gabriel Souza
Perfect ending *--*

its hard to discribe what i'm feeling now... The writing style, the characters so solid, so perfect. Everythings come together in the end.


Final perfeito! *---*

É difícil descrever o que eu senti ao terminar esse livro. A escrita da autora, os personagens incrivelmente bem caracterizados, perfeito. Tudo termina num conjunto fantástico, não ficam pontas soltas.
vorbore
Oh, the sins of pride, and the pain they produce... A few memorable lines from my favorite books come to my mind: "... people do get hypnotized by the hard choices.". And "The will to be stupid is a very powerful force.". And the final answer to it all: "People before principles."
Juliana
If you enjoy the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, you will certainly enjoy this series. It is in my opinion, the best on the King Arthur's story and it leads the reader to believe the whole story is indeed real.

The forth and final book on this amazing series.
Tuanita
I love books with no happy endings, I think they are closer to reality.
About the book, I love the feeling of "acceptance" in the end.
And these 4 books made me think a lot about religion and fanatism...
Nádia Batista
Ter o último volume de As Brumas de Avalon nas mãos provocou-me sentimentos díspares... Por um lado, estava ansiosa por ler, mas por outro, era o último livro, e depois disto, a história acabava-se. Foi um misto de entusiasmo e tristeza que me acompanharam ao longo das páginas de O Prisioneiro da Árvore, leitura tão aguardada.

A história é, naturalmente, o culminar da guerra entre cristãos e pagãos, personificada em Artur e Morgaine. Claro que dizer apenas isto é pouco, pois Marion Zimmer Bradley...more
Tânia M.
Este livro traz um final especial e trágico ao mesmo tempo, a cada um personagens, como já era de calcular. Não é um final feliz, mas penso que é um final que nos toca e nos faz recordar toda a saga com saudade. Muitas foram os acontecimento decorridos para que este final acontecesse, mas a mensagem final acaba por ser o mais importante e que realmente importa, (não tanto o destino dos personagens).

Não foi o meu livro preferido dos 4 volumes, com certeza. Senti que todos os personagens perderam...more
Elphaba J
xiste uma satisfação muito particular quando se chega ao fim de uma tetralogia que atinge a dimensão, histórica e factual, de As Brumas de Avalon no passado, e ainda hoje, na literatura fantástica. Algo que se reafirma de forma muito especial para os amantes, como eu, deste género literário mas, igualmente, para todos aqueles que têm capacidade de se emocionar com os factos narrados nas entrelinhas e, neste livro em particular, com um fim, um epílogo, derradeiramente perfeito.

Cavaleiros e donzel...more
Arya
While I did like the first books of the series, this one was awfully long and terribly annoying. While some characters did have a glorious ending others (and mostly my favorite characters) suffered an inglorious death while the ones I hated the most had cute, happy endings. And as if this wasn't bad enough, the characters I did not like one bit were the ones where the focus of the story was. And while the ending of the series was not exactly bad, it was not quite satisfactory.
So what can I say a...more
Joseph
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Dave
This review applies to the whole series.

It's hard to give this series below 4 stars, but it definitely isn't a five start book. I love the idea of this book. The fact that there is no hero in a fantasy book is both refreshing and frustrating. It is exciting to break convention, but everyone is so NORMAL. They blow up, get pissed, make up, and end up not doing much. I won't give away the major reveals, but there are some true villains, I guess. But even they are so thoroughly fleshed out and are...more
Marta Mesquita
Gostei de ler As Brumas de Avalon. São uma série obrigatória para quem gosta da literatura do fantástico. Pessoalmente, fiquei presa à história por causa das personagens e de como aparecem sempre tão bem enquadradas na trama. Ficamos sempre com vontade de ler mais um bocadinho para saber o que vai acontecer a seguir. Mas confesso que a parte religiosa/espiritual não me prendeu. Acho que explora muito ideias feitas (claro que também tenho de ter em conta que esta série foi escrita há quase 30 ano...more
Feathzzz
You know I started out loving this book, and I have no problems with long novels if they're good, but my enthrall definitely waned as the prolonged story went on. Honestly it's extremely interesting story over-all. The Ending leaves me a kind of opaque equivocalness, no distinction. It's epic and memorable. The vast cast of characters represents a diverse array natures, philosophy, and reality. I still maintain there's something very singular about this novel, it's definitely worth reading just...more
Vincent Wood
I enjoyed this retelling of the King Arthur and Camelot stories. It certainly did a good job at least mentioning that some of the side stories that are associated with the Arthur and the other characters of the round table at least as blurbs if it did not directly affect any of the characters who's perspective you were seeing the story from. In some points I was a little disappointed since some parts of the story simply felt rushed. But all in all, it was a great book and makes me want to look i...more
Donna Antaramian
Finally finished the 4th book of the Mist of Avalon. Davina Porter is an awesome narrator. I see many people given these books many stars and think they are wonderful ... they are were really not my cup of tea. I do no regret listening to them but glad I am done.
Pedro
Apr 17, 2009 Pedro marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
É o livro que há mais tempo tenho por ler... Há já poucos anos... Mas simplesmente nunca delirei por pegar nele, gostava de o ler e acredito que vá gostar bastante, simplesmente não exerce uma atracção suficiente quando equiparado a outros livros em espera...
Orenda
Loved it. One of my favorite books, and I consider myself to be a pretty big Arthurian legend nerd. I've read this AND listened to it on audio (with Davina Porter - if you are going to get it as an audio book, I recommend her highly).
Debora Henriques
Eis o final da história e do caminho de Morgaine e dos seus. Reinados, amizades, batalhas, amores, vinganças e aventuras, tudo acaba. E, no final, prova do ciclo interminável da vida, uma nova era começa.
Callie
Finally finished the series. Good overall, although I feel like the story lost its way towards the end. And of course, Davina Porter is a dream to listen to. Definitely recommend!
Janet
I loved the whole series (although it's really only one book) and I loved Davina Porter's narration. Now I believe in Avalon, don't you?
Suellen
Truth said, I've read the four books one after another, nonstopping to swallow. I have no opinion of each in particular.
Estevam
Too much depressive... but the end of each character was great!
And I never liked Lancelot...
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham...more
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“What sorrow is like to the sorrow of one who is alone?
Once I dwelt in the company of the king I loved well,
And my arm was heavy with the weight of the rings he gave,
And my heart weighed down with the gold of his love.
The face the king is like the sun to those who surrounded,.
But now my heart is empty
And I wander along throughout the world.
The groves take on their blossoms,
The trees and meadows grow fair
But the cuckoo, saddest of singers,
Cries forth the only sorrow of the exile,
And now my heart hoes wandering,
In search of what I shall never see more;
All faces are alike to me if I cannot see the face of my king,
And all countries are alike to me
When I cannot see the fair fields and meadows of my home.
So I shall arise and follow my heart in its wandering
For what is the fair meadow of home to me
When I cannot see the face of my king
And the weight on my arm is but a band of gold
When the heart is empty of the weight of love.
And so I shall go roaming
Over the fishers' road
And the road of the great whale
And beyond the country of the wave
With none to bear me company
But the memory of those I loved
And the songs I sang out of a full heart,
And the cuckoo's cry in memory.”
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