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A Grande Rainha (The Mists of Avalon #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,702 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
This imaginative return to the Arthurian legend as told from its pagan priestesses continues with Book Two: The High Queen. Morgaine, finally reconciled to the birth of her son, must relinquish him to her aunt Morgause in exchange for the kept secret regarding his parentage. Arthur marries the timid but dutiful Gwenhwyfar, while ongoing wars with the Saxon invaders continu ...more
Paperback, 2, 232 pages
Published 2008 by Imago (first published 1982)
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Strega
Sep 08, 2012 Strega rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dear Mrs Zimmer Bradley,

Could you please kill Gwen in the next book?

My best regards,
Matina

P.S. Don't forget to make her suffer, thank you.
Francisca Viegas
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Diana Marques
I swear: If it wasn't for Gwenhwyfar, I would have loved this book. We follow the story of Morgaine, Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelet, the tensions between the ancient religion connected to the powers of the Goddess of the Land, and Christianity, the building up of the kingdom of Camelot and the struggles against the saxons.
Once more what appealed to me in this book was the whole paganism versus Catholicism thing. Through the discussions that the characters have concerning this theme, we get a gl
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Lucia
Aug 16, 2015 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, that ending! I didn't see it coming xD I'm glad I have the next part at hand!
This second part of The Mists of Avalon continues Morgaine's story, and now Gwenhwyfar's voice narrates her own story too. I love how the author manages to give each character their own distinct personality and voice, and their own personal worries and concerns. Each of these women might be connected to Arthur but their world doesn't revolve around him, and it's really their tale we read here, and not Arthur's.
I es
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Mariana
Jul 23, 2014 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5
Gostei mesmo muito deste volume. Vários sentimentos surgiram como irritação, ódio, alegria, entre outros. Não tenho muito a dizer a não ser: Gwen é bastante irritante neste volume e só dá vontade de a empurrar dum penhasco bem rochoso. Espero que ela não seja tão irritante no próximo livro, mas vejamos com o quê que a Marion Zimmer Bradley nos presenteia. Para além disto estou também a gostar bastante de ler Cristianismo versus Paganismo; está interessante, na minha opinião. Sem dúvidas que e
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Sofia Teixeira
Jun 29, 2012 Sofia Teixeira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Rainha Suprema é o segundo volume da estrondosa obra 'As Brumas de Avalon'. Após a coroação de Artur, este não tem um momento de descanso. É preciso planear, proteger, treinar e fazer de tudo o que esteja ao seu alcance para que o seu povo possa viver em paz. Enquanto isso, o mundo vai sofrendo uma transformação. Começa de forma subtil com a chegada da nova religião, mas rapidamente costumes começam a ser mudados, crenças começam a ser reprimidas e há muito pouco que alguém possa fazer para mu ...more
Accio Reviews
Nov 11, 2011 Accio Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais uma vez, tal como no primeiro volume, a sinopse é explicativa o suficiente para não ser necessário fazer um resumo daquilo que se passa neste segundo livro das Brumas de Avalon. Por isso falarei apenas daquilo que achei do livro, sem dar muita importância a incluir factos do enredo na minha opinião.

A primeira coisa que posso dizer em relação a este livro (e que sei que vai receber algum apoio dos leitores desta série, pois é opinião comum), é a seguinte: a Gwenhwyfar irrita-me. Volta Morgai
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Miguel van der Garde
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Susie
Feb 14, 2016 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
Oh Gwenhwyfar, I am so tired of your complaining that you haven't slept with Lancelet, you have to be married to Arthur and he isn't a Christian, that he believes in keeping his word as he promised the Lady of Avalon and fly the banner of the dragon. The most positive thing I can say about this book on CD is that the reader, Davina Porter, is most excellent. Otherwise, I'm not sure I want to continue.
Estevam
Jan 26, 2012 Estevam rated it really liked it
Gwenhyfar tem um poder oculto: a de irritar por sua infantilidade e falta de atitude!
Depois de sumida por anos, Morgana volta à corte de Artur "como um gato lambendo o leite dos bigodes".
Apesar de Gwen irritar com seu jeito tolo, o final é EXCELENTE!
Laura
Apr 06, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nádia Batista
Mar 20, 2014 Nádia Batista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finalmente... Finalmente! Pus as minhas mãozinhas neste segundo volume de As Brumas de Avalon. Estava mais do que ansiosa para mergulhar neste A Rainha Suprema, depois de ter lido o primeiro livro da saga. O livro conquista logo pelo lado estético, mas isso é algo a que a editora já nos habituou (no entanto confesso que gostei mais da primeira capa, mas isto são preciosismos).

A história deste livro é mais uma guerra de poderes do que propriamente contextualizar personagens e momentos, tal como o
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Suellen
Jul 06, 2011 Suellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth said, I've read the four books one after another, nonstopping to swallow. I have no opinion of each in particular.
T. Jackson
One of my all time favorites. Read it about a dozen or more times.
Joana Gomes
Apr 23, 2013 Joana Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm loving all the books!!
Catarina Bravo
Jun 20, 2016 Catarina Bravo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Brumas de Avalon são uma tetralogia que nos remete ao mito do rei Arthur. Porque escolher esta versão de uma tao afamada história? Simples, todas falam do menino bondoso e corajoso que se tornou um rei sensato e justo, unificador de toda a Bretanha; nenhuma delas fala das mulher que o amaram, que o criaram.
Apesar dos quatro livros terem por base o mito, o facto é que a historia se centra em Avalon. No reino de Avalon, nas suas sacerdotisas especialmente Morgaine. A historia dá mais relevância
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Maggie Maxfield
The story is pretty riveting. The premise -- the story of King Arthur's court told from the perspective of the women -- is fresh and insightful. And the clashing of two religions, Druidism and Christianity, leaves me unsure who the "bad guys" are. I love that. The disappointing part is that these stories told by women are beginning to smack of trashy romance novels. In fact, some of it is so soap-operatic that I find myself shutting the book, rolling my eyes and saying, "oh puh-LEEEZE." And sinc ...more
Jean
Jan 31, 2016 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sacred feminine is evident in the pagan priestesses this second book.
The High Queen Morgana, Morgause, obedient Gwenhwyfar ...
Ongoing wars, invading saxons. Morgana tries to return to Avalon, but disappears without a trace!
Arthur committed his loyalty to Avalon carrying the Christian flag into battle. Gwenhwyfar unable to conceive is divided kingdom, while behind the scenes, her love for Lancelot increases.
Elphaba J
Jun 27, 2012 Elphaba J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Rainha Suprema trás consigo os sussurros de um casamento que poderá alterar os bem-aventurados ventos de Camelot.
Enquanto em Avalon a Senhora decai com o peso da idade e das responsabilidades, na corte uma beleza incomparável confere instabilidade aos que juntos juraram unir a Bretanha, sob o olhar desatento e fatigado da vida que outrora prometeu prosperidade para a magia.
Tudo está em aberto e o destino, garantido no passado, ameaça quebrar o laço que mantinha um objectivo comum entre todos o
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Steph
Mar 11, 2015 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the second installment of the series it's not bad but heavily religious it repeats a lot from the first book it's a bit much after a while. It seems to me this book was pretty much a bunch of chapters denouncing Christianity but I did enjoy for parts pertaining to Arthur and the legend and events around how Camelot came to be.
Melanie
Mar 03, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
To be quite honest, I wasn't exactly "moved" by the first book, but this one managed to be pretty nice. There are obviously no changes in the narrative and you can still find several grammar mistakes in the Portuguese version of the book, but in spite of that, the story finally seems to be taking some shape. I thought that there was a lot more action in the second book, which is great. The story also doesn't seem to be going so slowly anymore. Some of the characters have been going through some ...more
LMR
Aug 19, 2014 LMR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the story line and the most of the characters internal and external conflicts but got really tired of Gwenhwyfar's self righteousness, constant complaining, whining, full of herself attitude and pettiness. And why is Arthur so blind to it all? We are so flawed.
Ruth Santana Valencia
Jun 27, 2016 Ruth Santana Valencia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Libro 2 de la serie Las nieblas de Ávalon, la historia continúa ahora narra el ascenso de Arturo y los inicios de su reinado dejando a un lado sus alianzas y juramentos.
La historia va un poco lenta pero tiene un final sorprendente.
La conclusión a veces es mejor cuidarse de los buenos y nadie es pura maldad...
Claire Cornett
Feb 06, 2014 Claire Cornett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not in a long time have I felt so much anger towards a character, but Gwenhwyfar simply makes me want to chuck this book at the wall!!! But that is why I love this book. Druid vs Christians opens up a juicy plot. I would fight under flag Pendragon..all race and religion unite. It is a must read x
Kat
Mar 26, 2016 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really liking this series. But I REALLY dislike Guinevere. Why did I ever romanticize her as a kid? In this portrayal, she comes across as an intolerant, slut-shaming hypocrite. Love the continuing commentary on religion.
Melinda
Loved this book and the series. In fact Mists of Avalon is one of my all time favourite books ...but this re-read, I found myself getting frustrated with Gwyn.
Christine
So...bored...
It's like a soap opera: girl wants guy. Other girl (who could do waaaay better) wants same guy. Guy is maybe gay? And writing is extremely repetitive. That covers the first eight chapters. Now a main character is missing, so it might get interesting. Fingers crossed...

Finished. Probably not going to continue reading this series.
Cynfully Sweet
I zoomed through this book, wanting to know the story, but all the while growing a nasty little distaste for Gwenivere. Nobody in this book is with the person they love, Arthur's breaking oaths for a woman who doesn't love him like she should, Morgaine keeps getting the short end of the stick... UGH. 1 star because it was written, another for Morgaine because I do like her as well as pitty her, and 1 more because I am very much interested in the story. -2 stars because Queen of Camelot is one hy ...more
Mary Grace
Sep 03, 2015 Mary Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving the series! At least at the top five for the year.
Jim Armbruster
It wasn't as good as the first book. Seemed like a lot of weeping and complaining from the women.
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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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