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Return to Avalon

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From Arthurian tales with a twist, to stories of pre-Roman Britain's pagan Goddess, to epic struggles between Christianity and Celtic gods, these 20 tales capture the essence of Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Introduction / Diana L. Paxson --
Foreword / Andre Norton --
To light such a candle / Eluki Bes Shahar --
The grail of heart's desire / Judith Tarr --
Lady of Avalon / Di
Mass Market Paperback, 398 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by DAW Books
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Return to Avalon edited by Jennifer Roberson is an anthology of Arthurian short stories. With the exception of Lady of Avalon(not to be confused with the novel by the same name), none of these stories have anything to do with Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon. Lady of Avalon is set some time after the events of The Mists of Avalon and tells the story of the current high priestess being captured and turned into a slave by a Saxon king. It was a pretty good story and I enjoyed reading it. Most of the ...more
Michelle Wardhaugh
I started reading MZB books back in jr. high, and while I can't say I always enjoyed the experiences I had in her books, they stuck with me and shaped much of the way I saw the legends and myths she expanded upon. This tribute to her work felt very true to her spirit. Not every story was enjoyable. Not every story was even memorable, but they reached for and often gained an honest participation in the shaping and re-presentation of old myths for modern audiences.
Jun 26, 2011 ♥Xeni♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story, religion
I suppose some stories, as sad as they are, need to be told as well. This is one of them.

As sad as it is, to go up against the forces of evil (in this case the priest) and be taken as a witch, a heretic, just for speaking the truth, it is still necessary for people to do this. Stories like this rally us forth, to go against evil, even when it's in the guise of good.
John Deltuvia
Feb 15, 2016 John Deltuvia rated it really liked it
Many excellent stories, but the book as a collection is marred by a few not up to that standard. Also, there are quite a few stories which, while interesting, have nothing to do with Avalon, let alone MZB's version of the Avalon mythos.
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Jennifer Mitchell Roberson O'Green is an author of fantasy and historical literature. Roberson has lived in Arizona since 1957. She grew up in Phoenix, but in 1999 relocated to Flagstaff. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northern Arizona University. Roberson had spent her final semester in England at the University of London. This enabled her to do indepth research at castles ...more
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