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A Senhora de Avalon (Avalon #3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  13,663 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
'A new age is coming... The King will come...and he will rule for ever in Avalon.'

Through the generations the women of Avalon prepare for the coming of the Defender, the sacred king who will guard the old ways of the Britons and save their land from destruction. On the holy isle of Avalon, hidden in the mists between the world of Faerie and the world of men, they wait...

Capa Mole, 504 pages
Published 1997 by Rocco (first published 1996)
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Jul 23, 2007 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Bradley set up much of Avalon and Britannia in The Mists of Avalon, the stories in Lady of Avalon actually take place beforehand, and Bradley spends the first third of the book describing Avalon as it was before it was closed off in mists, and Britannia before Christianity had really taken hold. Because there are actually three stories told within the context of one novel, Bradley must introduce the reader to the changes that have taken place over time at the beginning of each new tale. ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Jan 13, 2010 Ronda Tutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More great stories by MZB. I enjoyed reading the three parts in this book. However, I have to say that this book along with Priestess of Avalon should of been one book but in chronological order so the reader can enjoy and understand the story instead of going back and forth between the books.

Part I of this book is the direct sequel to "The Forest House" and I really enjoyed reading about Caillean's foster son (Eilan & Gaius Macellius son) Gawan and the Fairy Queens daughter Sienna's trials
Drew Patrick Smith
Review from the PFS Book Club

What I Liked: This book, unlike the more popular The Mists of Avalon, is swift and uncomplicated. The characters are still interesting - it was especially nice to see Viviane's backstory, since she was one of the characters that made Mists so great, and the plot zings along at a breakneck speed.

The three-part book, basically a trilogy of novellas, is smart and different from most books on the shelves these days, so it was a nice change from the usual. And, in general
I didn’t love this half as much as I loved The Mists of Avalon and maybe that’s to be expected. Mists is as legendary as the subject of Arthurian legends itself and coming as a prequel, Lady of Avalon has plenty to live up to. Nevertheless, Marion Zimmer Bradley's talent for creating some of fantasy’s most powerful women is as formidable as ever in Caillean, Sianna and of course, Viviane. Her characters are complex, layered with the sublime and hence, prove to be all the more human when events t ...more
Things heat up. The plot gets more intense. Gwenwyhfar is an illogical, self-righteous little twat. Her theology is so propagandized and not really actually reasoned. I keep getting mad and wondering why somebody doesn’t just say, “You’re a bigot. Why are you so afraid and hating? The Roman Christians violently invaded this land, came and started a war, murdered the original inhabits into submission, and then have the audacity to say our culture and religion is evil????” And the way she judges ...more
Robin Taylor
Aug 03, 2011 Robin Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady of Avalon, continues Caillean's story from where we last see her in 'The Forest House'. With her vivid descriptive narrative and masterful story teller's art Marion Zimmer Bradley shows us a world as it may have been but touched by Magic. We see Avalon become the home of the priestesses of the great Goddess. Through the cycles of the year and the lives of three of Avalon's high priestesses, Caillean, Dierna and Viviane we see Avalon come to the destiny which is fulfilled in 'The Mists of Av ...more
Sara Jesus
Jul 22, 2016 Sara Jesus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Depois de " As brumas de Avalon" , Marion decide escrever sobre as suas sacerdotisas e narrar os acontecimentos que antecedem a chegada de Artur.
3 histórias de mulheres extraordinárias que todo fazem para proteger a ilha sagrada. A primeira, Caillen é quem esconde Avalon nas brumas. A segunda, Dierne promove o compromisso entre um oficial romano e uma das suas noviças de modo a preservar o sol sagrado. E a terceira, Viviane regressa a Avalon para tornar-se a próxima Senhora e acaba por se torn
Lady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a compilation of three novellas, each set in a different time period, and each with a different High Priestess or "Lady" of Avalon. Part one is a direct sequel to The Forest House and tells the story of how the protective mists that separate Avalon from the surrounding land were put in place by Caillean. Part two is about a priestess named Teleri who is compelled to marry a man she does not love in order to tie him to Avalon to ensure the safety of Brit ...more
Jessica Gadziala
Following where The Forest House left off, Caillean flees with the young Gawen and establishes a life on the isle of Avalon. After that story comes to its end we follow Dierna and her young priestess Teleri. Then in the third part of the book, we get to watch the young Viviane (from the incredible Mists of Avalon) grow and we finally get a bit of insight into how she became what she was.

Perhaps the most slow-moving of the Avalon books I have read thus far... at times boring... at times leaving y
Feb 04, 2012 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
Estou satisfeita com este livro, gostei de o ler e consegui gostar de facto de uma personagem: Viviane.

Marion Zimmer Bradley não é de todo uma escritora de eleição para mim, pelo menos ainda não se revelou até à data. Felizmente tenho vindo a apreciar melhor as suas obras e a adaptar-me melhor a elas. Contudo, há algo demasiado frio, soturno e distante na escrita da autora que continua a afastar-me um pouco e são várias as vezes que dou por mim a divagar.

Este livro está dividido em três partes,
Sofia Teixeira
Jan 16, 2012 Sofia Teixeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como sabem, antes deste livro já tinha lido os Corvos de Avalon e A Casa da Floresta. A curiosidade desperta em mim era tanta que fui a correr aproveitar o desconto de 25% no Jumbo e comprei este livro. Não estou nada arrependida. Apesar de não ser um livro muito muito apaixonante, foi um livro que mostrou imenso, explicou ainda mais e um livro da MZB é sempre um livro dela, principalmente nesta grande saga que é a de Avalon.
Uma das razões pela qual o livro não é excelente, e acredito que seja p
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Mar 25, 2011 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like historical novels of this period and the Arthur legend
I thought this would be the story of the Lady of Avalon, but it is much more than that. It is the story of the very essence of the legend of Avalon, not one Priestess but three of them, and of more than one incarnation of the mighty King that will come to save Britain. It is, like the previous book, a prequel to Arthur. The beliefs of the Druids and the worshippers of the Goddess come to life, the presence throughout centuries of the Faerie Queen who watches, and at times has a hand in history a ...more
Elaine Cougler
Aug 15, 2016 Elaine Cougler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley was a wonderful surprise, embracing pre-Arthurian myth instead of Arthur himself. This was refreshing. I particularly liked the explanation of the magical rites. They were clear yet whimsical. Avalon will have a new significance to me now. Great book!
Dee Mellott
Dec 09, 2014 Dee Mellott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the beginning of the Avalon saga
Lei é una sacerdotessa di Avalon: la più brava, ovviamente, e la più bella, ovviamente. E' anche la cocca della Somma Sacerdotessa, e nonostante la libertà sessuale di cui goda ha sempre un'idea dell'amore casta e pura, da educanda timorata di Dio (o della Dea). Vive ad Avalon, felice nonostante le terribili vicende capitate in passato, fino a che non arriva lui. Lui può essere condottiero, figlio della Somma Sacerdotessa, netturbino: tanto non ce ne importa nulla. Si divide equamente tra l'amor ...more
Sarah Echo
Jun 30, 2015 Sarah Echo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the first book of the Avalon series that I have read, and I’m glad I started with it. Although there are events referred to that obviously occur in other books, it’s not done in a way that takes away from the story. This is the book that sets up the events in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s popular masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon, so I felt fortunate to be beginning here.

This is the first book I have thoroughly enjoyed in a long time, and it’s turned me into a devoted fan of this author. There
Feb 18, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will be reading the rest of this series throughout the year. Gotta love Arthurian legends!
Julie Decker
Before King Arthur, there were the people who led up to him. Avalon must be preserved at any cost, and with the reincarnation of the important male and female saviors of the island, each time it can be saved. These lovers across the ages find each other time and again, with joy and relief, and recognize the marks of their previous lives upon each other.

The Pagan elements and reincarnation descriptions were really interesting. I'm not a huge fan of fated lovers (though that romantic notion captur
Mar 03, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was almost as good as The Mists of Avalon, but not quite. I really do believe that everyone should read these books at some point, only if they do read the first one. If you are a fan of Bradley's other books then I definitely think that this novel is worth a read.
Mar 06, 2008 Mele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
wish i could give it 3 1/2 stars. better than "forest house" but not as good as "mists." does a good job of setting up "mists", though... I almost want to read "mists" again now (but then I remember how miserable I was reading it this last time just a couple of months ago).
Terry Calafato
Jan 24, 2014 Terry Calafato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, sagas
Nonostante questa sia l'ennesima rilettura, questo libro continua ad emozionarmi, ancora, sempre negli stessi momenti della narrazione, che ovviamente ormai conosco e attendo con gioia o paura. Emozioni contrastanti perché ognuno degli episodi che compone questo capitolo del Ciclo di Avalon, contiene in sè gli stessi elementi di tragedia e speranza che permeano l'intera saga, ma stavolta - essendo la narrazione più coincisa, divisa com'è in 3 macrosequenze - tutto sembra essere più forte, più im ...more
I've really enjoyed reading about Viviane and the other ancestors who made Avalon what it was in The Mists of Avalon. I love the sense of history in this series, and the spirits who are continually reborn together and are bound together through the ages.
Shirley McLain
May 08, 2016 Shirley McLain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have always enjoyed reading books about King Authur and his Knights of the Round Table. This book focus is on the Druid Priestesses. If you like fantasy you will love this book. It keeps you turning the page.
Veronica Molina
Mmm. Es una historia muy interesante si se considera, dentro del mundo de la fantasía, una crónica.
Debo aclarar que es la segunda parte y me enteré cuando iba en la mitad. Pero de todas maneras, disfruté el libro.
Al principio no me tincó mucho con tanto nombre de personaje (como 3 páginas), pero no pesqué y me fui acostumbrando a los nombres a medida que iba avanzando la historia.
Para quien está interesado en el mundo de Avalon, me parece una buena entrada para entender costumbres y jerarquías d
Jun 14, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Viviane`s part, but the book as a whole was not as good as the others. ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Faedyl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Entrada en el diario 1 de Faedyl desde City Bell, Buenos Aires Province Argentina en lunes, 15 de febrero de 2010
8 de 10

La historia de Arturo y por ende, la de Avalón, es un ciclo contado a través de eras y eras, de distintas formas.

Esta no es una más. Este es un relato contado desde las mujeres protagonistas. Una hermosa mirada de esta historia en donde la brujería es sólo una cuestión de ángulos. Donde la religión es vivida desde su forma más mítica y donde la tradición tiene un papel esencia
Jul 09, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Lady of Avalon is one of the books in the Mists of Avalon series. That being said, it doesn't seem to matter what order you read these books in. They jump around in time and were written in random order so they all can stand on their own. It does help to have read Mists of Avalon for some of the background stories, but it is not necessary.

Lady of Avalon tells the stories of three of the High Priestesses of Avalon. There is Caillean, who left the Forest House to start a new life for the order in
Laurie Saunders
I bought this one years ago but didn't touch it for a while. I came to it after re-reading the chapter about Mordred's birth in The Mists. The book was interesting but the whole cyclic theme quickly became a bit boring. I liked that MZB seems to tell the reader more about what the 'magic' is, but she doesn't always give the info in the best order. For example, she finally describes the summoning of the powers by the priestess towards the end of the book when it would have made more sense (to me) ...more
May 10, 2012 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the three Avalon books I have read ("Mists of Avalon", "Forest House," and "Lady of Avalon,") I have to say this ranked third in terms of my enjoyment.

This was the second prequel to "Mists of Avalon," the best in the series and one of the best things I've ever read. Of course Marion Zimmer Bradley's vivid imagery continues to shine, but I think the reason "Lady" was less enjoyable, was that far less happened in this book than in either of its predecessors. Often years (or hundreds of years)
Jul 26, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Arthurian legends have captivated us for centuries, with tales told of Camelot and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table that have captured your heart and imagination. Authors such as Bernard Cornwell (with his Warlord series), current writer MK Hume and TH White have all created their own interpretations on the historical legends and myths, that is distinctly separate from Marion Z Bradley’s work that is totally original. Distinctively unique the lady of Avalon follows on from a sp ...more
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  • Ravens of Avalon (Avalon #6)
  • Return to Avalon
  • Queen of the Summer Stars (Guinevere, #2)
  • The Knight of the Sacred Lake (Guenevere, #2)
  • Kingdom of Summer
  • The Child Queen: The Tale of Guinevere and King Arthur
  • Uther (Camulod Chronicles, #7)
  • The Raven Warrior (Tales of Guinevere, #2)
  • Ladies of the Lake
  • Dark Moon of Avalon (Twilight of Avalon, #2)
  • The Last Enchantment (Arthurian Saga, #3)
  • Mad Merlin
  • Guardian of the Balance (Merlin's Descendants, #1)
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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Other Books in the Series

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

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