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The Fall of Atlantis (The Fall of Atlantis #1-2)

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A wounded Atlantean prince...a deadly battle between Dark and Light...and the sisters Deoris and Domaris, whose lives are changed utterly by the magic involving them. These are the elements of The Fall of Atlantis, Marion Zimmer Bradley's epic fantasy about that ancient and legendary realm.

On one side stand the Priests of the White Robe, guardians of powerful natural force
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Paperback, 502 pages
Published February 1st 1987 by Baen (first published 1983)
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Ronda  Tutt
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Charlotte
"Fall of Atlantis" wasn't bad, at least as far as I came, and sure had some nice moments of atmosphere. Mainly however, there was just nothing about it to make me pick it up again. Nothing happened, not even interesting dialogue, nothing, which was why I ended up not finishing it. Because it wasn't that bad until then, apart from before mentioned problem, three stars, not two, but really not much else.
Kate
I was slightly disappointed in this novel, as I have been spoiled by Bradley's other novels related to the Mists of Avalon. I think this may have been written before Mists, though.
As with all of her fantasies, this novel is written from the perspective of strong female characters and has a lot of similar elements to the Mists novels. I cannot recommend it as strongly, however, and i would not recommend it as a first foray into Bradley's works. If you already love Bradley, though, give it a try.
Anna
I was very excited to read this one, finally, to understand where it had all began. And I must say it was a fascinating story with characters I could really relate to, the bitter-sweet story of the sisters Domaris and Deoris, the unbreakable bounds formed between lovers and kins. The ending, as well as some chapters too, even brought tears into my eyes at some parts. This book is different to the following Avalon books for sure, but it's well written and a fantastic tale.
Haleth
Che bella lettura! Non so se rimpiangere di averci messo un sacco di tempo causa trasloco, o essere contenta di non averlo finito in pochi giorni. Ma quando un libro mi piace così amo divorarlo; non mi piace essere paziente (ne sono perfettamente in grado, ma lo detesto).

Inizialmente pubblicato in due volumi separati, Web of Light e Web of Darkness, Le luci di Atlantide è un antefatto molto "ante" del Ciclo di Avalon, di cui condivide la stessa ambientazione, se non geografica, sicuramente di co
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Emily
While I love Marion Zimmer Bradley, I didn't feel this was her strongest work. The writing is not up to the same par as some of her other books. I felt lost occasionally while reading this. Bradley writes as though the reader is already well versed in the laws and rituals of her characters, and this time the disconnect was too great to be comfortable.
Alicia Rogers
While the book itself is great, it's author is not. I used to think she was, but I have since learned that MZB raped and abused her two children with Walter Breen, who also raped and abused his children along with several other young boys. In fact, he died in prison, serving time of sexually abusing a young boy. In legal depositions, MZB stated that she knew of her husband's pedophilia, yet she never did anything to stop it, and even convinced people that he was safe around children. MZB was als ...more
Melissa
This book is NOTHING like Mists of Avalon. It's an okay story, but Atlantis never actually falls in this book. At the end they talk about how it could happen in 10 years. It's weird. It's an okay story if you like her stuff, but if not don't bother.
Tinka
“The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.”

Let me say this right away, I did not finish this book. This basically means it will be a short review.

I got this book for free and at first I had no idea that this is two books in one. I don’t know if some parts are shortened or changed to fit them both together, but to me at least it would make a lot of sense.

I know Marion Zimmer Bradley was a gr
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 31, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: MZB Fans
This is actually a book combining what were two different novels, Web of Light, centered on Domaris, Web of Light, and the sequel about her sister Deoris, Web of Darkness. Reviews claim this forms the backstory for Bradley's Avalon series. Not really. When this book came out in 1983, there was no mention or tie to Mists of Avalon within it, I only heard about such a tie when I saw reviews for The Fall of Atlantis. For that matter, the book that ties this in with her Avalon series wasn't even cre ...more
London
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Colleen Moore
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Danielle
Good! Nice pace and engaging. This story is not based in Atlantis although we meet a couple of Atlantians. And it really leads up to the fall leaving you clues as to what might happen in the aftermath. This story winds up as being a prequel to the Avalon series if I understood this right. A few good layered characters are infused throughout the story. Riveda, Rajasta, Maleina, and Micon stand out to me as the better characters though the two sisters Deoris and Domaris are the main characters the ...more
Thalia
Where it all began.... We start way back, well before the time of Arthur and his knights. Well before Vivian and Morgaine. Avalon isn't even mentioned in this novel. But it all decends from what happens in the pgaes of "The Fall". The title is misleading. One might assume the story takes place in Atlantis, but very little of it does. And the story isn't about the Fall of Atlantis, in fact it's still going strong, but that again is unimportant. This is a very early work of Bradley's and her style ...more
Constance
Son Assos tatilim kitap okuma açısından epey bereketli oldu demiştim. Marion Zimmer Bradley'nin bu kitabı da bir oturuşta bitirdiklerimden biri.

Bradley adı fantastik kurgu severlere bir yerlerden mutlaka tanıdık gelecektir. Nereden? Avalon Serisi. Okumadıysanız mutlaka öneririm. İyidir. Bradley kimdir sorusunu soracak olursak, İthaki'nin özetinden belli başlı noktalar şunlar: 1930'da New York'da doğmuş. Anladığım kadarıyla hayatı boyunca her zaman için bir bilimkurgu ve fantazi tutkunu olmuş. E
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Patricia Rodrigues
Este livro desenrola-se à volta de duas irmãs: Domaris e Deoris, que vivem no Templo da Luz. Domaris, a mais velha já tem o seu futuro decidido, mas Deoris tem ainda hipótese de escolher o seu futuro.
No entanto, Domaris e Deoris apaixonam-se, o que vai alterar os seus destinos, principalmente Deoris que se apaixona por Riveda, um mago cinzento, e acaba prejudicar a própria irmã e levar à destruição do mundo antigo.

Tal como nas Brumas de Avalon, a história centra-se em personagens femininas, no e
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Surreysmum
[These notes were made in 1989:]. The title's a bit of a cheat - this book has little or nothing to do with the fall of Atlantis. It's a combination (a little streamlined, I assume) of two previous books, Web of Light and Web of Darkness. Men are not yet banished from this tale as they are later from some of Zimmer Bradley's more radical feminist stuff. But there is a very female viewpoint - much of the plot is to do with love vs. manipulative sex, and with childbearing and childrearing. There a ...more
Terry Calafato
Terza o quarta rilettura...ho comprato questo libro nel 2000. Adesso ho deciso di completare questa meravigliosa saga che mi ha iniziata al genere fantasy e rileggere ovviamente i libri che ho amato.
"Le luci di Atlantide" in effetti si colloca leggermente al di fuori del cosiddetto Ciclo di Avalon, ma di fatto ne è il prequel. I nomi di Isarma e Adsartha ricorrono spesso nelle pagine del Ciclo, rievocando le protagoniste di questo volume.
E come sempre ci troviamo di fronte ad una storia domina
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Kythe42
The Fall of Atlantis by Marion Zimmer Bradley is the story of two sisters who grow up in the temple of light in the Ancient Land and tells about the difficult decisions and struggles they face and how their relationship is strained as they go down different paths. The story does contain elements of romance and mystery, but it is ultimately about the struggle between the light and the dark, good and evil. Romance isn't really my thing but I did not feel that the romantic elements in this story we ...more
Anne
This one goes somewhere between 'it was ok' and 'I liked it'. It was entertainable and didn't take me long to finish. The often terrible dialogues mixed with constant emotional roller coaster rides made it less likeable though. I can't help but remembering the women in this book were either sobbing or dancing.

Not a BAD book, but don't expect too much of it either.
Carl Alves
Although, The Fall of Atlantis has elements of fantasy incorporated into it, the novel is mostly just a romance pretending to be a fantasy. This is a tale of two sisters, Deoris and Domaris, who have taken very different paths, Deoris falling for a dying priest, and Domaris following a priest who is pushing into mysterious dark areas of magic. Perhaps the reason I didn't care for this novel is that it is merely a romance novel, a genre I'm allergic to, or perhaps it was because the story just me ...more
Jeannie Lee
I am soooooo addicted to anything Arthurian, and since this is considered to be the start of the magic that guards the Tor near Camelot, I became addicted to this! This is a wonderful romance, with dark magic and light magic, intrigue, and danger. I can imagine myself walking as a Guardian of Light in the Great Temple at Atlantis. (Ok people, HERE is your answer to what my email name means, and what my online name means......Isarma and Adsartha. Read the book, if you really want to know!) I cann ...more
sabisteb
Ein Klassiker von Marion Zimmer Bradley, den ich wirklich sehr gerne gelesen habe. Eine wirklich tolle Geschichte. Judy Winter liest auch ganz gut, auch wenn sie nicht jeder Person eine wirklich distinkte Stimme gibt. ABER: Bei der Produktion müssen wohl immer kleine Teile des Textes aufgenommen worden sein, die dann zusammengeschnitten wurden und zwar so schlecht, das man das beim hören merkt. Der Text wirkt wirklich zusammengestückelt und das ging mir dermaßen auf die Nerven, dass ich das Buch ...more
Marcello Tarot
Eccessivo, estremistico

A differenza dei personaggi che appaiono nei suoi altri libri, nei quali i “buoni” non sono dei santi e i “cattivi” non sono l’incarnazione del Male bensì tutti miscelano luci e ombre, qui si ha la dicotomia Bene/Male portata all’estremo, senza sfumature, e a lungo andare – ed è un tomo di parecchie pagine – ci si stanca di leggere. Conoscendo lo stile della Bradley, ci si aspetta di trovare dei colpi di scena che alla fine rendano il libro degno di essere letto (a parte p
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Rosie
This is a classic MZB story set in and around the legendary city of Atlantis, before it was lost under the sea. The story is about two sisters who grow up and influence the events and changes in their secluded community. I really liked learning about the religion and superstitions that controlled the lives of these people, and how the two sisters Deoris and Domaris used these rules to try to carve out lives for themselves. If you enjoy other MZB books, then you'll surely love this one. I would r ...more
Michelle
This book was fantastic! It made me remember why I love reading. As a student I don't really have time for a good, well written book but this was well worth the effort. Bradley delivers her usual poetic form and complex characters. Domaris and Deoris show the two great temptations in life: duty and rebellion. My only complaint is the ending felt rushed and once romance came into the picture, the characters felt out of character. It's almost as if she wrote part one, decided she didn't want to do ...more
Ana
This authoress had the uncanny ability of weaving fantastic stories starring such intricate and complex characters that made them feel almost believable. This particular book is a testimony to that. The story is about two sisters who are raised to power with very different temperaments, ergo different destinies. One falls in love with a dying priest of the light. The other gets involved with a priest who leads the darker mysteries. They both have their own long road to walk and their own struggl ...more
Kyleigh
he premise of this book was terrible. It’s titled The Fall of Atlantis, but it doesn’t even take place on Atlantis. I was expecting a story of a world unlike any we have ever known and how they got carried away with their powers, causing their downfall. It was nothing like that. I definitely think this is the worst MZB book I’ve read to date. [return]The characters and the story in the book were really lovely though. I enjoyed the mysticism of the magic system, and the relationship between the t ...more
Sofie
This was the first "proper" and grown up English book I ever read. I remembered it fondly. This was not a feeling that it managed to retain in the re-read.

The story did not set up the characters properly. I found myself not only confused over who was who but also really not feeling anything for any of the characters in the book.

The writing wasn't that splendid either, I honestly thought about constructing a drinking game. A shot for every time someone either throws themselves at someones feet
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Brannon Boswell
Not to spoil anything but not much of this book actually takes place in Atlantis..nor is the fall of atlantis depicted in the book..kinda disappointing considering the title
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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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