Ravens of Avalon (Avalon #6)
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Ravens of Avalon (Avalon #6)

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Discover the dawn of the mythical legend of Avalon in the long-awaited prequel to Marion Zimmer Bradley�s The Forest House

Diana L. Paxson expands Marion Zimmer Bradley�s beloved and bestselling Avalon series in a dramatic new installment. Marion Zimmer Bradley�s Ravens of Avalon is the prequel to The Forest House and tells the story of the Roman conquest of Britain and t...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Viking Adult (first published May 1st 2007)
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Ronda  Tutt
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...more
Sherwood Smith
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
Rachel
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Jules
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...more
Nicole Acheson
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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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
Connie
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...more
Anna
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
T
I wish there were a "began reading and don't plan on finishing" option for which shelf to put this book on, because that's exactly what it is. I got about 2 chapters into the book and I couldn't stand the boredom any longer and just had to put it down.
Guin
Jul 21, 2008 Guin rated it 2 of 5 stars 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.
Leonor
Não é tão bom como os livros escritos pela Marion...A escrita é bastante aborrecida.
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
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...more
Vicky
"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...more
Mark Woodland
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
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...more
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...more
Georgiana 1792
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...more
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...more
Jte argent
May 07, 2008 Jte argent rated it 5 of 5 stars 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...more
Kristen
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Shonna Froebel
This prequel to The Forest House tells the story of the rebellion of the Britons against the Romans, led by Boudica, the Briton Queen. The story starts with Boudica as a young teen, getting training from the priestesses and druids at the island of Mona and carries through until her death. The story of the Romans conquering and making peace with the Britons, followed by the rebellion, is a historical one. Many historical characters, including Boudica, appear here. The priestess and druid characte...more
Emily
I read "The Mists of Avalon" ages ago and liked it very much. I hoped that this book would be more of the same, but it really wasn't. The writing style was quite similar, despite this book being written by Marion Zimmer Bradley's former writing partner after Bradley's death. And the interesting Druid magic stuff was present. And the main character was a figure of legend, Queen Boudica. But somehow it fell short of my expectations. It is a good "women rock!" sort of story - Boudica starts life as...more
Julie
I usually love the world of Avalon and although it didn't take me much time to get through the book because I was sick and I couldn't do anything else this book was not as enjoyable as usual. I was never connected with any of the characters. I believe the author wanted to describe a period of time that had never been addressed but the story was never really fleshed out enough for me to care. I liked the characters but I never connected with them, never saw really what drove them. There was somet...more
Beverly Diehl
I'm a fan of Avalon, and also of Paxson's solo works, and long wanted to read a book about Boudica. What I liked most was the friendship thread between Boudica and Lhiannon, and the comparisons between their lives. One became a wife to a man she grew to love; another lost the man she loved - but had his companionship in the end. I think as a mother one of the hardest things ever is to see your children get hurt and be unable to stop it. That could move me to raise an army and start a war, too.

I...more
silvia
De todos os livros que já li do universo de avalon criado por marion zimmer bradley este foi aquele que me atraiu menos. Confesso que durante mais de metade do livro a leitura foi uma tarefa ardua, persesti a custo. A parte final com boudica a desempanhar o papel da rainha guerreira foi a que mais me agradou. tenho pena que esta parte não tenha sido mais desenvolvida.

A personagem de boudica a rainha guerreira agrada-me bastante provavelmente vou procurar mais livros sobre ela. Quanto a este diga...more
Thalia
Boudica. The warrior queen is at the centre of this novel. It starts with her coming to the Isle of Mona to be instructed by the priests and priestesses. Paxon does a good job of the story. I have actually never read a novel about Boudica before so I can't compare it. I just know that it failed to really grab me. I mean I liked it, I just didn't really like it and I can't pin point what it was exactly... Another puzzle peice in the history of the Druids (of Bradley's vision) - the origin of the...more
Jennifer Kim
Boudica always intrigued me and this book was awesome in shedding some addtional light and druid spin to it. Even as you read and fully know the end she meets with her followers, you desperately want another ending, another chance for her to survive. And this book, without changing the end result, have some how managed to give me that. It was great.

I think this topic would make a wonderful movie, but I'm not sure studios would think it would draw enough people to it.

I only give 4 stars or high...more
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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...more
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