Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Sword of Avalon (Avalon #7)” as Want to Read:
Sword of Avalon (Avalon #7)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Sword of Avalon (Avalon #7)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,298 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Marion Zimmer Bradley's legendary saga of Avalon's extraordinary women continues with a tale of fiery visions, a lost king, and a forthcoming destiny...

Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted millions of readers over the years and is sure t
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Roc Hardcover (first published 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Sword of Avalon, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Sword of Avalon

Hush, Hush by Becca FitzpatrickGrishma by Kelly Anne BlountFallen by Lauren KateGraceling by Kristin CashoreFire by Kristin Cashore
Best Fantasy Book Covers
298th out of 1,169 books — 1,349 voters
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Forest House by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Fall of Atlantis by Marion Zimmer BradleyLady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyDark Satanic by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley
54th out of 100 books — 6 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Ronda  Tutt
Dec 27, 2009 Ronda Tutt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantacy
WOW! What a great book - I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it.

From the "Fall of Alantas" to "Ancestors of Avalon" we learn that tradition is to be passed on when Micail and Tiriki make it to the new land and start the rebuilding of the Temple of Light. Though the "Ancestors of Avalon" ends with Micail and Tiriki's beginning sucess, the continuation to their sucess is clearly represented in "The Sword of Avalon".

"The Sword of Avalon" doesn't pick up where the book "Ancestors of Av
Dec 20, 2009 Morgiana rated it liked it
The latest in the Marion Zimmer Bradley/Diana Paxson Avalon books. Chronologically, this comes after Ancestors of Avalon and before Ravens of Avalon; it's not necessary to have read Ancestors to understand the series, but it might help to read the summary, at least.

I've read all the Avalon books and several of Paxson's historical fantasies (though not her Westria series), and she is generally good at that genre. They are all enjoyable reads, but none have stayed with me in the long run. While I
I was not looking for this specific audiobook when I discovered it amongst the SF/Fantasy shelves at the library. I decided since it was a stand alone in a well known series, I would give it a try.

I actually enjoyed listening to the story mostly because the narrator deftly pronounced the names of the characters and places which where nearly their own dialect. The story takes place before the events of Authur and Camelot, many generations before. The sword that would later become known as Excalib
Jun 17, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing

I just finished the last book in the Avalon series (Marion Zimmer Bradley & Diana L. Paxson,) and I realize it was not my workload for school that has kept me from diving into the novel head first all these years. It was the all-consuming sadness and finality I've felt at the end of each of the books that held me back. Knowing there will be no more books about Avalon that can touch my soul the way these books do. I tend to live each one, as I read it, in my dreams, both waking and sleeping.
Jun 18, 2010 Alyce rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of MZB and have only reluctantly read some of Paxson's Avalon books which are just OK by comparison in my opinion. And this is not one of her better efforts. It especially drags in the middle. I also had trouble placing the time period and it wasn't until I got to the Afterward that I saw it was set in about 1200 BCE. In fact, I think my suggestion would be to read the Afterward FIRST, although maybe I was at a disadvantage for listening to it on CD rather than reading a print vers ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Tobias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
England im Jahre 1200 v. Christus. In einer Version erlebt Anderle, die Hohepriesterin von Avalon, die Zerstörung des Königreichs Azan. Sie reist in großer Eile nach Azan und versucht alles, um die Bewohner zu warnen. Aber man nimmt ihre Warnung nicht ernst. In der Nacht kommt es dann zum Überfall und Anderle kann in letzter Sekunde den Königssohn retten. Fortan macht der Verräter Galid Jagd auf dem Königssohn. Unter den Namen Woodpecker wird er bei verschieden Stämmen versteckt und lernt so der ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Yve rated it did not like it
I've figured out that Sword of Avalon and The Forest House are my least favorite books in the Avalon series because they're the most masculine, and the former far more than the latter. It isn't necessarily having one of the main characters male that I dislike, because I love Ancestors of Avalon. The masculinity in these books comes from all the battles. I really have no interest in ancient wars and weapons, and Paxson didn't convince me otherwise.

Mikantor and Tirilan are supposed to be reincarn
Mar 25, 2010 Jacki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reading the Avalon series in chronological order (rather than date of publication) Sword of Avalon is the third book in the series. Set many years after Ancestors of Avalon, this book begins to create a stronger connection between the individuals of Atlantis and those of King Arthur's time. The characters within this book are still aware of their descendancy from Atlantis and that their ways are a mingling of Atlantean beliefs and the ways of the people of the Mighty Isle.

This story brings
Aug 22, 2011 Slee rated it really liked it
In general, I like what Paxon has been doing with the Avalon series. Ancestors of Avalon was an engaging read, Ravens of Avalon was visceral and moving, and in as much as Paxon's writing invariably weaves a thick spell transporting the reader through time and space, I didn't love this book as much as I have loved the past books.
While there were parts in which the writing was so vivid and compelling I forgot to breathe for entire pages, the themes common to all of the Avalon books sometimes seeme
Georgiana 1792
La nascita di Excalibur

Ottavo libro del ciclo di Avalon e terzo cronologicamente parlando, La spada di Avalon prosegue il percorso iniziato da Marion Zimmer Bradley con la pubblicazione del suo capolavoro indiscusso, Le nebbie di Avalon, e proseguito, dopo la sua morte — avvenuta nel 1999 — da Diana L. Paxon, che si è accollata il compito di collegare il mito di Avalon con quello di Atlantide — le cui vicende sono narrate in un libro a parte da Marion Zimmer Bradley (Le luci di Atlantide, The fa
Apr 16, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
I've read all the Avalon books so far, this one is the latest volume placed after Ancestors Of Avalon and before Ravens Of Avalon, telling how the legendary sword, Excalibur was made. As much as I enjoyed reading this one, it was far not as good as Marion Zimmer Bradley's books in the Avalon saga, of course. I somehow couldn't really connect with the characters except maybe Velantos, and as in all Avalon-books, it was the usual "priestess-having-the-vision-of-something-holy-so-she-is-using-every ...more
Sofia Teixeira
Jul 14, 2010 Sofia Teixeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ler Marion Zimmer Bradley sempre foi uma experiência bastante mágica para mim. Mesmo havendo livros que não foram exactamente escritos por ela, a sua magia nunca desaparece, havendo sempre um traço da sua presença, da sua marca, ao longo dos livros. A Espada de Avalon não é excepção. Embora tenha sido escrito por Diana L. Paxson, são bem visíveis as característas e os traços de Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Reentrar no mundo fantástico que é Avalon, foi como regressar a casa após um longo período de aus
Mar 20, 2011 Enikő rated it liked it
This book was fairly good, although I didn't find myself as attached to the characters as I had been with Ravens of Avalon. The plot was somewhat predictable - the young king must be hidden for his own safety, is caught and sold into slavery in a foreign land, and eventually makes his triumphant return. It held some unexpected twists, though. I was satisfied with what happened in the end with Mikantor and Tirilan. Velantos' fate was predictable I suppose, but I still shed a tear at his fateful e ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Angelica rated it really liked it
This book is paced quite oddly and I found it hard to latch onto the story for the first 150-200 pages. Paxson doesn't manage to convey the passing of time all that well, so I often found myself quite lost when exactly time has passed and how much. This gets better in the last half of the book when large periods of time aren't skipped anymore.

Even though the main story is quite predictable most of the time, each character tells his or her own story and I never had the feeling I was reading a pro
C-Cose Daley
Oct 08, 2012 C-Cose Daley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: avalon, favorites
Where do I begin?

This was yet another masterful addition to the world of Avalon that Marion Zimmer Bradley introduced us to so long ago with The Mists of Avalon. Tn this volume we are transported between pre-Roman Britain, ancient Archae (current Greece) and many points throughout Bronze Age Europe.

Morgaine returns to introduce us to what will follow and some much-loved characters return in various forms throughout. I was thrilled to read a possible origin for one of Arthur's Great Swords in a c
Oct 30, 2011 Joana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine
Mais um livro que nos leva a conhecer mais um pouco do caminho desde que se criou Avalon até que ela foi levada para fora do alcance de toda a gente, escondida durante tempo indefinido nas brumas.
Gostei especialmente deste livro não por ser diferente dos outros ou algo do género, infelizmente (ou não) a fórmula utilizada para contar a história é a mesma (Todos os livros sobre Avalon, da MZB, parecem ser repetições atrás de repetições. Histórias tristes que nos mostram a devoção à Deusa e o amor
Apr 18, 2012 Arianna rated it liked it
It is always an illusion to believe that the book is written by Marion Zimmer Bradley, but her name is just in the idea behind the book. It is obvious when reading it that the author can't be her: Diana Paxson, for how good is she and how honorable work she is doing is not able to catch the atmosphere that the Bradley was able to recreate.
This book presents the background story behind the "legendary sword of Avalon", that is, Excalibur.
It is interesting that the origin is connected to ancient G
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson is the tale of how the Sword from the Stars(Excalibur) was first created long before it ever came into the hands of King Arthur, and the life and ordeals of the man destined to wield the sword as he unites the tribes of ancient Britain against an evil warlord. This story takes place about a thousand years after Ancestors of Avalon and two of the characters are specified as being reincarnations of characters from the previous book, though ...more
Sherwood Smith
May 19, 2010 Sherwood Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy

In this prequel to Bradley’s most famous book, The Mists of Avalon, we see the origins of elements we’ll find in Bradley’s take on the Matter of Britain.

The priestess of Avalon saves Mikantor, a baby ordained by the gods to become a leader capable of uniting and defending his people during a time of crisis. Mikantor is a small boy at Avalon who falls into danger, is captured, and taken to the Mediterranean and sold into slavery. There, he is befriended by Velanto, a smith; when war destroys Vela
Lynn Salisbury
Mar 10, 2016 Lynn Salisbury rated it it was amazing
As always, the Avalon series started by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and continued by Diana Paxson, does not disappoint. I loved this book, and the way Diana Paxson was able to weave the creation of the "one sword" into the Avalon world. Her world of historical events intertwined with fiction create in the mind's eye a lush, rich and vibrant world that one falls into easily and wants to return to frequently. Highly recommended for anyone with a love for anything Avalon, King Authur, pre-Roman Britanni ...more
Kelly Miess
Jun 20, 2016 Kelly Miess rated it really liked it
A strong offering in the Avalon series, the third chronologically and much better than the second, the Ancestors of Avalon. I started with "Mists" and now am going back to read the series in time sequence. The characters were mostly well-developed and I cared about them enough to weep for them. Tells the story of the making of the sword Excalibur, which takes a long time to develop, but is worth the set-up in the end. A good solid story, well told, and good history for understanding "Mists" bett ...more
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
After “Mists of Avalon","” all the Avalon books are prequels to the Matter of Britain. This one takes place shortly after the fall of Troy"," when the sword Excalbur is forged. A believable story that is consistent with legend"," this is a worthy sequel to Bradley's work.
Terry Calafato
Nov 27, 2013 Terry Calafato rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, sagas
Sono rimasta delusa da questo capitolo del Ciclo di Avalon. Sento che MZB stessa avrebbe avuto da ridire di fronte a questa versione della forgiatura di Excalibur.
Sembrava che l'introduzione dell'elemento mediterraneo potesse offrire uno spunto interessante alla vicenda (come, ad esempio, la storia di Elena funziona a meraviglia ne "La sacerdotessa di Avalon"), ma il romanzo mi ha davvero annoiato. Tutta l'azione si svolge nelle ultime 100 pagine, ma ormai il lettore (o almeno io!) non vede l'o
Dec 16, 2010 Thalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian
This one is the newest one in the series and meant to fit in between Ancestors of Avalon and Ravens of Avalon. I might be being a touch generous with my stars but it was much closer to 4 than to 3. The plot had some twists and tension. It had some battles (probably it's weakest factor though) and some new geography (Greece!). I saw alot of Mists reflected in this volume and it worked. Next up is Ravens and it features Boudica...admittedly my first book with her, I'm kinda extra excited :)
Merri-Todd Webster
Dec 29, 2009 Merri-Todd Webster rated it it was amazing
Diana L. Paxson adds another tale to the saga of Avalon begun by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Here she steps back to around 1300 B.C.E., when the great early city-states around the Mediterranean were overthrown and climate change cooled and flooded northern Europe. A displaced smith from the city of the Tiryns finds a new purpose in life and a place in myth as the forger of the Sword that later ages will call Excalibur--a revolution in metallurgy, a sword of meteoric iron that, unlike the sharp but br ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Good to see Tiriki/Eilantha and Micail/Osinarmen again. Although I was weirded out when looking at a reincarnation chart, that Morgaine le Fey is the soul of Deoris/Anderle >.< I didn't like those women. They were too controlling and crappy mothers. Oh well. Reading "Ravens" next.
Serena De Matteis
Carino e lo consiglio a chi ama le atmosfere di Avalon. Ma la storia è un più o meno sempre la stessa. Difficile tornare agli stessi livelli, quando si è scritta una cosa come "La nebbie di Avalon".
Jayme(the ghost reader)
I decided to read this series chronologically rather than publication date. I thought the series would run smoother. Well it didn't. I read Mists of Avalon awhile back. Though the book was one thousand pages long, it flowed well. With Ancestors of Avalon, it was harder to get into but overall, I still liked the book. I think since Diana Paxon has taken over Marion Zimmerman Bradley's legacy, the flow isn't as smooth. For Sword of Avalon, it was incredibly difficult to follow the story. The book ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Tita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voltar a Avalon é como voltar a adolescência e reviver a experiência de ter lido "As Brumas de Avalon" pela primeira vez (foram livros que me marcaram).

Apesar de traços comuns com todos os livros de Avalon, como o amor sofrido, o livro não desilude. E é muito interessante como é neste livro que ficámos a conhecer como surgiram certos rituais, como as tatuagens de dragão nos braços do rei, o Rei Veado e até mesmo sobre a Excalibur.

No entanto, nem todo o livro me despertou interesse, pois a parte
Jun 10, 2015 Elar rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Best book in the series by Paxson. New twists and detailed descriptions of ancient metal working and possible causes of big changes in Europe made it very interesting to read/listen.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Sword of Avalon edition concerns 7 152 Sep 09, 2012 12:17PM  
  • Priestess of Avalon (Avalon, #4)
  • Out of Avalon
  • Twilight of Avalon (Twilight of Avalon, #1)
  • King Arthur: Dark Age Warrior and Mythic Hero
  • King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land: The Divine Feminine in the Mabinogion
  • Queen of the Summer Stars (Guinevere, #2)
  • Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit
  • Prince of Dreams: A Tale of Tristan and Esyllte
  • The Dragon Queen (Tales of Guinevere, #1)
  • Dragon's Child (King Arthur, #1)
  • The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic, Retold from the Mabinogion
  • The Prince and the Pilgrim (Arthurian Saga, #5)
  • Grail (The Pendragon Cycle, #5)
Diana L. Paxson (born 1943) is a novelist and author of nonfiction, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has also published nonfiction books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices.

In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over
More about Diana L. Paxson...

Other Books in the Series

Avalon (7 books)
  • The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
  • The Forest House (Avalon, #2)
  • Lady of Avalon (Avalon, #3)
  • Priestess of Avalon (Avalon, #4)
  • Ancestors of Avalon (Avalon, #5)
  • Ravens of Avalon (Avalon #6)

Share This Book