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Ravens of Avalon (Avalon #6)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,789 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Discover the dawn of the mythical legend of Avalon in the long-awaited prequel to Marion Zimmer Bradleys The Forest House

Diana L. Paxson expands Marion Zimmer Bradleys beloved and bestselling Avalon series in a dramatic new installment. Marion Zimmer Bradleys Ravens of Avalon is the prequel to The Forest House and tells the story of the Roman conquest of Britain and the
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Hardcover, 394 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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Ronda  Tutt
Dec 30, 2010 Ronda Tutt rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning but I am so glad I kept reading after I understood who all the tribes were and figured out how the time era was related to Avalon.

Personally I thought the story wasn't focused around Avalon itself as in being in the location upon Tor. This story is more wrapped in Romes Conquest of Britannia and the rebellion by Queen Boudica.

This was my first time to read anything about Queen Boudica and I have to say I loved her as a hero even though her last war
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Donna LaValley
Feb 13, 2016 Donna LaValley rated it really liked it
I was eager to read a novel that followed up on The Mists of Avalon, a 5-star book if ever there was one, and took this up for a cozy winter read. Well, cozy it was not!

First, this was not written by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is among the prequels and sequels (of The Mists of Avalon) written mostly by Diana Paxson, some of which were “with” Marion ZB.

I was happy to read it and also happy to finish it. It covers the period of time when Romans conquered and occupied Briton. There are very many b
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Sherwood Smith
Mar 19, 2011 Sherwood Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is a prequel to Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Forest House. Paxson worked closely on the Avalon stories with Bradley, carrying on the tales with Bradley's blessing, and as she'd envisioned. I think that that shows—Paxson's version fits seamlessly with the others. The truth (for me) is, though Bradley was a pioneer, and her Darkover novels gave me a lot of reading zip when I was in my twenties, I prefer Paxson's writing style, and also her characters: they show more subtlety, depth, and comple ...more
Emily
Jul 16, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Paxon is a really good writer, but like other people have said, she lacks atmosphere. She needs to describe the air and sky more. Also, as with a few other of the Avalon books, the pacing is really jarring -- Years go by when it really doesn't feel like years. The timeline keeps leaping forward. People are suddenly in their thirties when they were seemingly just twelve years old. About sixteen years goes by in the novel, but it only feels to the reader like five years. Technically I s ...more
Rachel
Jan 15, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jules
Jun 24, 2010 Jules rated it really liked it
MY TAKE: I really enjoyed this book and read it fairly quickly. I always knew about Boudica being a Celtic heroine, but had never read much more than that. The author(s) wove historical facts in seamlessly with the story of Avalon. I really want to learn even more about Boudica now.

This book veered a bit off the path from focusing on the story of the Isle of Avalon. It was primarily the story of Boudica and Lhiannon (both very strong women) and their life-long connection. I liked that the relati
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Nicole Acheson
Aug 09, 2011 Nicole Acheson rated it it was amazing
Ravens of Avalon was an enjoyable book to read. It was very descriptive and you can picture very clearly the characters and events going on in the book. The books background is based on events that happened in Celtic Britain during the first century. The author actually did some research before she wrote this book. One of the book's main characters is the Celtic Queen Boudicca of the Iceni tribe, who fought against the Romans for the Britons to keep their indepenence from Rome. I enjoyed reading ...more
Chris
Dec 22, 2007 Chris rated it it was ok
MZB is one of my all time favorite writers. I like both her Avalon series and the Darkover stories and the common thread of strong women. It's not often that people keep writing books after they die, but MZB started to collaborate w/ Diane Paxton prior to her death, and Paxton has continued writing based on the stories that MZB created. With this novel though I was highly dissappointed. First of all what I have always liked about the Avalon stories was that is was all about the women, and not ab ...more
Mel
Jul 25, 2011 Mel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Five stars plus!! I absolutely loved this book. The original "Mists of Avalon" is impossible to beat but this book comes nearer than any of the other Avalon books. The others from "Ancestors" to "Priestess" I felt had lost something of the original magic of ""Mists"" but I thought "Ravens" managed to bring something fresh to the saga- perhaps because some time has elapsed since the older volumes were written that Paxson has found a new lease of life for the novels. I am a very slow reader but th ...more
Paul
Sep 10, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
Great story based on the history of the Roman occupation of Britain and Queen Boudicca's resistance. Interweaved beautifully, though, I appreciated the authoritative illustration of ancient Druid lore and rituals which resonated at some level in my Celtic bones.
Connie
Oct 26, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it
This was a compelling story. Of course I cared about Boudica and Llianon, but I fell in love with Prasutigos. I especially liked what Boudica did on her wedding day! *G* And my heart went out to Ardanos as well as to Llianon when they discovered their mistake.

Also very moving were the battles on Mona and Boudica's final battle. The sacking of Colonia, Londinium, and Verlamion were wrenching. I could well understand Boudica's ambivalence matched my own. The writing brought everything to life, or
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Anna
Dec 22, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
This telling of the story of Boudica weaves the warrior queen's life into the mythology of Bradley's Avalon. It's an interesting tale, but the fast pace of the book leaves little room for character development. The characters and their relationships rely heavily archetypes based of Bradley's other works, so if you haven't read Mists of Avalon the lack of the character development in this novel might leave you feeling uninvested in the people or their plight. If you have been a fan of the Avalon ...more
Sandra Dourado
Aqui está um livro que agarra do princípio ao fim. Agora só quero ler mais livros da Marion Zimmer Bradley e Diana L. Daxson.

Mulheres fortes e plenas de emoções. Adorei a Lhiannon, toda a sua sabedoria, força, capacidade de se sacrificar pelo bem dos outros. Boudica, forte, teimosa, guerreira... A Rainha Vermelha. Numa terra conquistada pela invasora Roma, era urgente a resposta dos naturais.

Fez-me lembrar a história de Spartacus. Revolta contra os opressores. Grito pela liberdade. O mesmo inimi
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Laura Melandri
Avevo iniziato questo libro parecchi anni fa, ma avevo interrotto la lettura, trovandolo troppo noioso. Dopo aver letto le Nebbie di Avalon, ho deciso di riprenderlo in mano e non ho riscontrato tutti quegli ostacoli che mi sembrava di avervi trovato in passato. Il romanzo è scorrevole, anche se lo stile non è pari a quello poetico che avevo trovato nelle Nebbie di Avalon.
Seguiamo le vicende di Boudica, una giovane donna che lentamente prende in mano le redini della sua vita, fino a diventare un
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Guin
Jul 21, 2008 Guin rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one!
Marion Zimmer Bradley she's not. It doesn't help that we already know the outcome of this story, obviously - or the world would be a very different place.
Arnoud Visser
Jan 24, 2016 Arnoud Visser rated it liked it
Marion Zimmer Bradley is famous for telling stories of Britisch early history from the viewpoint of the women. In her honor, Diana L. Paxson here tells the story of Boudica, the queen of the Icini. This is the lady, riding on her war-chariot, who scared the Romans nearly from Britain.

The story builds up very slowly to the climax at the end, following the whole life of Boudica. The development of her character is more than rich, she is nearly an completely other person in each phase of her life
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Leonor
Jul 17, 2011 Leonor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Não é tão bom como os livros escritos pela Marion...A escrita é bastante aborrecida.
Melissa
Oct 19, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Despite being a part of the "Mists of Avalon" series, this book was not actually written by Marion Zimmer Bradley. However, it was written by a woman who did co-author several books with her, and the similarity of their voices make it seem as if they are one and the same.

Ravens of Avalon tells the story of Boudica. Boudica was actually a real life queen who waged war against the Romans. This fictional telling of her story has her start life as a young royal who is sent to train with the druids a
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Kythe42
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson is about the Roman conquest of Britannia and their oppression of the Druids and the Celtic/British people in general. The story follows the lives of the Druid priestess Lhiannon and the Iceni princess Boudica and how they worked to fight back against the Romans. If you are familiar with the history behind this story, then you probably already know how it ends, but even so I think the story is worth reading because it's more about the jo ...more
Jacki
Apr 04, 2011 Jacki rated it liked it
As a prequeal to The Forest House, the reader comes to discover the origins of the Society of Ravens, sons of the Druid priestesses who were raped by Roman invaders. Diana L. Paxson takes up the story not told due to Bradley's death and gives us a story of Lhiannon, a celtic priestess, and Boudica, a Celtic priestess who nearly defeats the Roman army.

It has been nearly 10 years since I have read The Forest House, and I felt I was missing out terribly in not being able to remember the details. Co
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Vicky
May 24, 2011 Vicky rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
"Ravens of Avalon" is a prequel to the Avalon series by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley. Diana Paxson was a longtime collaborator with her so knows the Avalon universe well. A mixture of history, myth, magic and with a touch of romance, the book touches on many genres.

In this story, we learn about Queen Boudica and the conquest of Briton by the Roman legions. Trained by Lhiannon as a druid priestess, Boudica decides to help her clan by marrying a Briton King. At his death, the Romans refuse to a
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Mark Woodland
Jul 28, 2011 Mark Woodland rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon series, and approached this book with some optimism. After all, Diana Paxson had directly collaborated with Bradley, and is the authorized writer of Bradley's "universe" since her death. I've read a lot of Irish history, and I give her a lot of credit for her obvious research and attention to detail about Boudica. The integration of the timeline and events into the storyline is well done. However, the book has two main characters: Boudica and the f ...more
Sara
Oct 03, 2010 Sara rated it liked it
The Roman conquest of Britain was a tumultuous time when fear and death reigned. Diana Paxson has chosen this era in which to set the latest prequel to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon. The story is split between two women, Lhiannon, a senior priestess, and Boudica, who would become the warrior queen who nearly threw the Romans back into the sea. The story told here is the story of the Britons fight to control their own destiny.

I am of two minds on this story, and I admit that parts I to
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Joana
If you’re in the mood for some light reading, about a Celtic warrior-queen and aren’t expecting too much historical detail, this book might be a good choice. Better yet if you’re a Marion Zimmer Bradley’s fan and therefore are curious about the ancient Celtic culture and creed. Although this was not written by the author of “Mists of Avalon”, her colleague Diana L. Paxson does justice to her investigations about Boudica.
“Ravens of Avalon” is set in Britannia like most of the Avalon series and s
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Georgiana 1792
Apr 16, 2011 Georgiana 1792 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana L. Paxon è un'erede all'altezza della maestra Marion Zimmer Bradley: riesce ad intrecciare la storia con il fantasy con una coinvolgente maestria.
Il libro narra due episodi fondamentali della storia britannica antica: la distruzione del luogo sacro ai druidi, sull'isola di Mona a Lys Deru, da parte dei Romani, e la rivolta della regina Boudica, regina degli Iceni che per un'estate riuscì a tenere testa agli invasori Romani.
Il racconto si apre con l'arrivo della giovane Boudica a Lys Deru p
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Îshta
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Marsha
Epic in sweep and truly heart wrenching in its poignancy, “Ravens of Avalon” combine Marion Zimmer Bradley’s notable trademarks of realism, historical fiction and magic to tell the story of one of history’s most famous queens, Boudica of the Iceni.

Dealing with the clash between two mighty countries that had yet to become united nations, Ms. Paxson’s tale reaches a true grandeur as she celebrates birth, death, love and warfare all taking place in the harsh terrain that was ancient Brittania. We h
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Jte argent
May 07, 2008 Jte argent rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Hey, I just finished reading Raven's of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson. It's an expansion/back story to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon series ... and wow! I could not put this down. I kept reading very late into the night/early in the am.

It's the life of Boudica, the Celtic Queen, from youth through motherhood and on as she transforms into the Red-Warrior Queen of the British tribes.

This is a really fabulous piece of storytelling, weaving legend, magick and history. Ms. Paxson's attention to the det
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Kristen
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Lynn Salisbury
Feb 26, 2016 Lynn Salisbury rated it it was amazing
As always, the Avalon series continues to enchant. I loved Mists of Avalon and was delighted that MZB's works continued, even after her death. It saddens me that there will be no more books written in this series (based on what Diana Paxson has said) but all the books are part of my yearly reading adventures. Thank you Diana for faithfully continuing the journey.
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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
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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)
  • Sword of Avalon (Avalon #7)

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