In this volume I missed some of the magic that was present in the previous volumes. Morgaine has abandoned Avalon and renounced the Goddess and the liIn this volume I missed some of the magic that was present in the previous volumes. Morgaine has abandoned Avalon and renounced the Goddess and the life as a priestess. Therefore, there are few references to the Celtic culture, the Goddess and the mystique and power of Avalon. In this book it is more evident the presence of the Christian religion, which is gaining ground among the populations and their rulers, who adopt these beliefs and reject the pagan beliefs and rituals. Although it is interesting to see this transformation in Arthur's court and in Arthur himself, this book appealed less to me, in comparison to the previous books. Only at the end we have a glimpse of Avalon which got me hooked again.
It is curious to note that while Morgan has been, for centuries, viewed as a negative character, a witch, sorceress and Arthur's antagonist, that only wants to usurp his power, here Morgaine has a positive nature. The one character that appears as the "wicked woman", in my point of view, is Gwenhwyfar. Gwen is too obsessed with the Christian religion, with what is sin and evil, she also sees Morgaine as someone who only wants to harm her, and is envious and jealous and eventually becomes an annoying character. I think that she is the most obnoxious character in the entire book! But through them, Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, we can have a glance of the two opposing faiths and of their struggle to assert themselves in a territory that, even with deeply rooted beliefs, ends up being absorbed by the coming of Christian faith.
Religions aside, I liked going back to the Arthurian world and the story of Morgaine, Arthur, Lancelet, Gwenhyfar and of the introduction of new characters like Elaine, Gwydion and Accolon. I like to see how the legend was transformed and adapted, and how Marion Zimmer Bradley alters some details in a way that they still make sense in the story. For me, this is an exciting world and it is interesting to see how it is so rooted in our imagination. I enjoyed this book, though not so as enthusiasticaly as the previous two, because it took me longer to read it, but I'm very curious to see how the final part of this story will be told. ...more
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 betI 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 glimpse of what people thought at the time, what were the main issues debated then. I loved the wise sayings of Merlin and of Morgaine, of course. But Gwenhwyfar... *Munch scream* She's so fanatic, so intolerant, so annoying that I don't like anything about her! I understand and I know that there were people like her at the time, and the character is completely plausible, but geeez... She's always so scared of everything, so insecure, always holding on to religion as her comfort, her saviour, her everything, and she's always thinking of herself as a sinner and asking for forgiveness, and crying and bla bla bla.. She's annoying and tiresome. I seriously thought "I hope Marion Zimmer Bradley changes the story and makes her jump off of a bridge and die or something". Seriously. But Gwenhwyfar aside, I loved the whole story and Morgaine is still my favourite character. Avalon and the Goddess for the win! \o/...more
This is the book that ends the Mists of Avalon series. This final book tells us of a Britain that starts to forget its pagan past and starts to assimiThis is the book that ends the Mists of Avalon series. This final book tells us of a Britain that starts to forget its pagan past and starts to assimilate in a stronger way the presence of the Christian's God. This is the conclusion of all plots and intrigues that were made up from the beggining of the series, and it also includes the already regular discussions about the pagan religion, the celtic one that gives importance to the women, and the present religion which asks for a submission to a male God in a patriarchal society. The narrative is beautifully constructed and, as I studied the origins of Arthurian legend and I am acquainted with the Divine Feminine concepts, I was curious to see how Marion Zimmer Bradley would end this. I loved her vision and the retelling of this legend and story, remembering the presence of the Goddess in Arthurian legend which is so important and is so often forgotten.
I can say I loved pretty much everything in this book: from the presence of the Goddess in the legitimization of Arthur's power and authority, the violation of contract when it comes to the possession of Excalibur and the Holy Grail, the transformation of the Celtic myth into Christian myth... There are books in which we immerse ourselves in and this one, as well as the others in the series, was the case for me. The magic, the Arthurian story and characters, the focus on women and pagan beliefs, the Mists of Avalon series completely nailed it. The Arthurian myth fascinates me and I couldn't recommend this more to everyone who is curious about it or for those who want to have a different perspective on it....more
It took me quite a while to start reading this series, mainly because my MA dissertation focuses on arthurian literature written in the middle ages, sIt took me quite a while to start reading this series, mainly because my MA dissertation focuses on arthurian literature written in the middle ages, so I didn't want my mind to be "contaminated" by modern approaches on the legend. But now that my work is almost done, I decided that it was time to read this classic. And how i loved it!
The main novelty in this series is the retelling of the arthurian legend from the point of view of women which, in my opinion, were fundamental in all the main events of Arthur's life. Without women, without the Goddess, there would be no King Arthur. I loved Morgaine and to see how she was raised in the Isle of Avalon. I think the author did an amazing job to rescue all those beliefs and rituals practiced among the priestesses and druids and I loved the mystic aura that surrounds Avalon and all the women there. Celts for the win!! \o/ Historically, I liked the depiction of the political instability among the kingdoms in Britain as well as the tensions between the old faith and the new faith. It gives a pretty accurate vision of what it was like to live in those times.
I can't say enough about this book! I think I liked every single thing in it: the characters, the story, the historically accurate details, the tensions between diferent religions, the "real" world and the "avalonian" world... It was fascinating and totally my thing! Now, I'm looking forward to read the next ones :D...more