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Lady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Dec 20, 07

Recommended for: die-hard Avalon fans
Read in January, 2005

Forced out of Vernemeton (The Forest House), refugee Briton priestesses form a colony with a group of Christians to avoid persecution. But when the Christian leader Joseph of Arimathea dies, to be succeeded by the hard-liner Paulus, the priestesses are forced to push Avalon into a parallel existence to separate themselves from their new prosecutors.

The book contains three rather disjointed units, following Arthur's bloodline through the years. Most interesting to me is watching the people's rather misguided efforts to do what they believe is the will of their God/dess. The paradox of Mists of Avalon is that these people who are lovers in their past lives are reborn as their own descendants, leading at last to the incestuous pairing of Morgaine and Arthur, which of course results in Mordred, who wrecks tragedy on everyone. If they'd only been less careful in preserving Arthur's bloodline, it would have worked out so much better for everyone. But they just couldn't stop meddling.

I was also a little peeved that they left the poor 'black swan' in limbo. Fortunately she's rescued in the next book, Priestess of Avalon.

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