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The King Stag (The Mists of Avalon #3)

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8 unabridged cassettes, narrated by Davina Porter.

Book Three of the Mists of Avalon series inolves the imaginative retelling of the Arthurian legend, centering around the pagan priestesses of Avalon, who compete for the soul of Great Britain against the rising tide of Christianity.
"The King Stag" takes the listener deeper into the political/religious rivalry in the years f
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Audio CD, Unabridged - Library Ed, 12 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Recorded Books, Inc. (first published 1982)
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Melanie
Sometimes I don't really know how I should feel about a book. This is always the case when I read any book from the Mists of Avalon series and it wasn't any different with this one. This book is not exactly boring. I just got to a point in the story where I just can't stand any of the characters. Not even Morgana. In fact, I spent more time trying not to just burn this book rather than enjoying it properly. Gwenhwyfar is possibly the most annoying, stupid, acidic, venomous, rancid, bitter, incon ...more
Mariana
I liked this one but not as much as I did the previous book. I will blame Gwen because she steps on my nerve and I can't really stand her. Not sure if I like hating her or what because there are people that likes disliking someone. But I'm not sure.
Diana Marques
In this volume I missed some of the magic that was present in the previous volumes. Morgaine has abandoned Avalon and renounced the Goddess and the life as a priestess. Therefore, there are few references to the Celtic culture, the Goddess and the mystique and power of Avalon. In this book it is more evident the presence of the Christian religion, which is gaining ground among the populations and their rulers, who adopt these beliefs and reject the pagan beliefs and rituals. Although it is inter ...more
Maggie Maxfield
Jul 28, 2011 Maggie Maxfield rated it liked it
Again. Potentialy epic. Dismally soap-operatic. But this leads me to my dilemma. Is there ever an epic novel that doesn't have some kind of soap-operatic qualities (SOQ)? And by SOQ, I mean the creation of a world where lives build upon eachother in such a way that the mention of one name, common to the outsider, brings with it a slew of twisted plot turns and possibly forboding. Does Lord of the Rings have the same qualities, but hidden by a shroud of classicism*? Now I need to read other epic ...more
Saphira
Jun 08, 2011 Saphira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Há muito que este livro estava esquecido numa das prateleiras da minha mãe, tinha eu ainda 12 anos."Tem muitas personagens!" Queixava-se ela. Felizmente para o "O rei veado", muitas personagens e histórias complexas eram já nessa altura duas das minhas coisas favoritas num livro. Devorei-o mais do que o li, e procurei depois os restantes volumes para saciar a minha curiosidade crescente de um mundo tão maravilhoso como aquele que me foi descrito pela primeira leitura. Agora, muitos anos mais tar ...more
Mariana
Sep 29, 2014 Mariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Still a great book series
Nádia Batista
Apr 16, 2014 Nádia Batista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O terceiro volume de As Brumas de Avalon só ficou um dia na estante, em descanso. Não consegui resistir a pegar-lhe por mais do que isso, tamanha a ânsia que tinha em continuar a explorar este universo brilhantemente criado por Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Com vem a ser habitual, O Rei Veado veio de encontro às minhas expectativas e é já com uma certa tristeza que escrevo este comentário, por saber que é o começo do fim, que o próximo volume encerra esta saga (sim, eu sei que há mais, mas penso que voc
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Orenda
Nov 19, 2012 Orenda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-academic
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).
Suellen
Jul 06, 2011 Suellen rated it it was amazing
Truth said, I've read the four books one after another, nonstopping to swallow. I have no opinion of each in particular.
Jose
Feb 15, 2014 Jose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opinião geral à saga, sem spoilers: http://souojose.blogspot.pt/2014/02/a...
Maggie
Oct 17, 2015 Maggie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
the third book in a series of four of the arthurian legends from a feminists point of view meets a bit of plot contortion in this story ... not only is marion zimmer bradley writing from a feminist perspective, which generally is a worthy one well executed, she apparently is also writing from an anti-christian point of view and that purpose seems to trump plot ...

the contortions occur because guinevere in bradley's series apparently is the truth-bearer for christianity and consequently since gu
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Catarina Bravo
Dec 24, 2015 Catarina Bravo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Brumas de Avalon são uma tetralogia que nos remete ao mito do rei Arthur. Porque escolher esta versão de uma tao afamada história? Simples, todas falam do menino bondoso e corajoso que se tornou um rei sensato e justo, unificador de toda a Bretanha; nenhuma delas fala das mulher que o amaram, que o criaram.
Apesar dos quatro livros terem por base o mito, o facto é que a historia se centra em Avalon. No reino de Avalon, nas suas sacerdotisas especialmente Morgaine. A historia dá mais relevância
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Elphaba J
Nov 18, 2012 Elphaba J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ler As Brumas de Avalon tem sido para mim um prazer imenso que se renova de volume para volume e que me deixa, indiscutivelmente, marcada por uma satisfação plena. Exceptuando o primeiro título, A Senhora da Magia, em que senti um pouco de dificuldade em adaptar-me à escrita clássica de Marion Zimmer Bradley, esta história tem realmente conseguido cativar-me e, agora que se aproxima o seu final, posso afirmar que estou completamente rendida a esta lenda arturiana fantástica em que as mulheres sã ...more
Cynfully Sweet
Jul 15, 2011 Cynfully Sweet rated it really liked it
I feel like this book gets some momentum and it's nice to see things working out much better for Morgaine. I don't wanna blow anything so star breakdown it is...

Morgaine gets 2 stars- for coming into her own, getting back on track

1 star because Acholon is hot and doesn't whine at all lol

-1 star because Gwen, Lance, and Art are still weak, whiny, sniffling children. I can't stand Gwen's character at all- I'm waiting for Art to finally quote her the verse that women should be silent and obedient a
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Maggie
Sep 04, 2015 Maggie rated it liked it
These books have all ended abruptly which, I know, is in part because I'm listening on CD, and you can't really know when the ending is coming.
The reader of the story is wonderful!
I didn't enjoy this book as well as the others, but it's still entertaining.
I can't stand Gwen's character.
Melinda
Mar 21, 2016 Melinda rated it liked it
Again - love this book, this series, this author, the writing...but re-reading this series just makes me not like Gwyn even more than I thought possible. So frustrating.
Bert Janssens
Aug 20, 2014 Bert Janssens rated it liked it
The plot thickens.
I think it's very strange that this is considered a feminist Arthurian legend by some: all women are depicted as "harlots".
Sara Jesus
Sep 11, 2015 Sara Jesus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Simplesmente encantada...! Um dos melhores livros que tive o prazer de ler. Há muito que senti saudades de um livro que fosse capaz de esquecer-me de realidade. E este teve o poder de fazê-lo! Morgaine é a personagem que mais me fascina, principalmente pelo seu carácter profético.
Milady de Winter
Siguiendo la línea de su antecesor "La reina suprema". Muy recomendable, me enganchó por completo. Morgana es un personaje que me encanta, menos cuando está en Ávalon, allí se me hace más aburrido. Pero las idas y venidas de la corte siempre me atrapan. Con Ginebra en cambio no puedo...
Sharon
Aug 21, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it
I enjoyed listening to this series. A beautiful take on the King Arthur & Knights tale with more female perspective. Loved the reader voice.:)
Jax
Nov 18, 2015 Jax rated it really liked it
audio book re-read. Oh, Morgaine
Colleen
Oct 19, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Really love this angle on the legend.
Juliana
Dec 09, 2010 Juliana rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
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.

This one is a little more boring than the first and second books of the series but it's just as good.
Rasheil Stanger
Sep 11, 2008 Rasheil Stanger rated it it was amazing
Okay here's the deal...as far a Author legends go this one is pretty good, its deep and involved and touches on the subject of religion and empires and what people will fight for...which is pertinent for any gneneration. Well written, try to read the first two books first, but i didn't and i was fine. I really liked it.
Maria
Oct 30, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meu
Mais um livro desta saga fantástica. Adoro a personagem Morgana, perfeitamente fascinante. Irrita-me o Rei Artur, sempre a ser subjugado pela mulherzinha Gwenhwyfar que é muito religiosa e completamente contra outro tipo de cultos. Com vontade de ler rapidamente o próximo :)
Pedro
Apr 10, 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...
Michael Thomaz
Conhecendo melhor o Gwydion deixei de ter raiva dele! Morgana como sempre magnifica. (: O sentimento que tive com esse volume foi de que não importa por qual caminho andamos... o destino sempre prevalecerá! Indo para o ultimo volume.
Natalia
Apr 13, 2012 Natalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Livro maravilhosoooooooooooo!
A única coisa chata é o catolicismo alienado presente em vários momentos :(( jesus não gosta disso
Izabela
Apr 08, 2016 Izabela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it wasn't possible to hate Gwen more, but IT IS! What a freak! On the other hand I love Morgana so much!
Célia
Para ser sincera, não me lembro de praticamente nada do que se passa neste livro. Mas lembro-me que gostei bastante!
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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
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