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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
Mass Market Paperback, 502 pages
Published February 1st 1987 by Baen (first published 1983)
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Ronda  Tutt
Jun 05, 2009 Ronda Tutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy
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Arybo ✨
Apr 30, 2016 Arybo ✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molto bello il finale. :)
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
Lisa Zigue
Nov 30, 2014 Lisa Zigue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que dizer deste livro?...
O próprio nome da autora já suscita, per si, um portal directo para um imaginário de outros mundos e experiências sensíveis, que só ela sabe trabalhar na nossa mente, através dos seus livros. Um fascínio inegável!

Aqui encontrei mais uma leitura envolvente, fluída, que devorei intensamente na recta final, não deixando contudo, de saborear cada instante de desenrolar inteligente e rico do enredo, que nas mãos desta senhora, se torna a maravilha habitual. As personagens sem
Dec 13, 2012 Simone rated it really liked it
For the first 70 pages or so, I wasn't impressed. Rather, I was confused. It was clear to see that this book was written prior to "The Mists of Avalon" and the rest of the Avalon series. Things weren't properly explained, especially not the society in which the story takes place, and I barely really understood what happened.

However, the further in I got, the better I liked the book. I began to grow fond of the sisters (Deoris in particular; Domaris never really impressed me until much later in t
"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.
Mar 04, 2014 Haleth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2007 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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.
Apr 11, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
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.
May 05, 2008 Emily rated it liked it
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.
Jul 02, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it
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.
Reading Marion Zimmer Bradley is like reading a drug. I honestly don't know if this is praise or criticism, but its the only way I can think to describe what its like to get lost in her world. This is added to by her style of writing, which can only be described as "mystical". She's not good, she's not bad - I didn't like it, I didn't dislike it - I was only in awe of her. Standing in awe of her work seems to be the only thing a person can do.

I think I know one reason why this book was so strang
Florin Constantinescu
Mar 09, 2017 Florin Constantinescu rated it it was ok
If you want to read a romance novel, purporting to be a fantasy-pseudo-historical novel, then this is the book for you.
If you like your novel with uninteresting characters, again this is the book for you.
Finally, if you dislike plots or any original concepts, read this.
I shouldn't have.
Colleen Moore
Mar 23, 2009 Colleen Moore rated it did not like it
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Nov 11, 2012 London rated it really liked it
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Sep 11, 2012 Constance rated it liked it
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
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
Terry Calafato
Oct 05, 2013 Terry Calafato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, sagas
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
“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 g
Mar 28, 2010 Surreysmum rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction, 1989
[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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 31, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
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
Mar 12, 2009 Tita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2009
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
Aug 11, 2010 Thalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian
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
Carl Alves
Nov 07, 2011 Carl Alves rated it it was ok
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
Feb 15, 2015 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Undurchdachtes, unstimmiges Buch: Der Anfang ist in Ordnung, deswegen gebe ich zwei Sterne. Aber spätestens ab dem ersten Drittel ist das buch ein heilloses Durcheinander von Charakteren, deren Wesen und Entscheidungen nicht nachvollziehbar ist, ein Heilloses Durcheinander an göttlichen Mythen und Mysterien, die aber für den Leser nie entschlüsselt werden und somit extrem nicht nachvollziehbar sind, ein heilloses Durcheinander von losen Strängen von Storyline, die nie miteinander verknüpft werde ...more
Jeannie Lee
Feb 21, 2009 Jeannie Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arthur
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
Jan 20, 2015 Ashlee rated it liked it
Having picked up this book purely because I had enjoyed this author's work in the past, I've come to realize that I was definitely spoiled by Mists of Avalon. For too long the plot of Atlantis felt meandering, and other than laying the groundwork for the action which seemed to happen entirely in the span of the final few chapters, a lot of what happened didn't really feel like "happening" at all. I felt little for the characters, despite the turmoil they experienced, and wondered if that would c ...more
Mar 18, 2011 sabisteb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörbücher
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
Mara Powers
Nov 17, 2015 Mara Powers rated it it was amazing
I love the worlds that Marion Zimmer Bradley created.
Of them all, I believe that her Atlantis is the least developed. I wanted so badly to keep reading once this book was over. I loved the characters, though they were all extremely flawed. This book isn't even set in Atlantis. It's in the temple district of a city that seems to be outside of the "sea nations," as she calls them. But again, Marion demonstrates her intuitive knowledge of ancient rituals in the beautiful descriptions she uses to i
Dec 19, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
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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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