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Avalon by Anya Seton
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May 23, 2010

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bookshelves: group-reads, novels, read-in-2010
Read from April 14 to 21, 2010

Avalon started out strong, guided by Seton's amazing ability to transport the reader back in time to a place with which I was totally unfamiliar. Seton does such a good job of setting the scene that I often found myself distracted by the landscape. The characters are less vital but still somewhat engaging. Many are so stock in their actions and motivations that I found them unconvincing. The two main characters, Rumon and Merewyn, are more complex, but neither are all that memorable in their own right. Rumon is a man on a mission, but he is painfully pretentious and therefore unsympathetic. Merewyn fairs somewhat better, though she is touched by a tad too much hubris as well. The action in the first part of the book is interesting, following a trajectory that propels it forward. The second half of the book falls flat. Too many things happen that I found unbelievable, and the characters became less interesting. However, the book was worth a read for Seton's imagery alone.

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04/14/2010 page 66
04/19/2010 page 302
68.64% "There's a Brigid in the book! Nevermind that she's a moron."
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