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Ancestors of Avalon (Avalon #5)

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Once again, Diana L. Paxson has beautifully elaborated on Marion Zimmer Bradley's beloved Avalon saga with this dramatic new installment, which for the first time reveals the past of the ancestors of Avalon, from their beginnings on the doomed island of Atlantis to their escape to the mist-shrouded isle of Britain. It follows the extraordinary journey of two powerful women ...more
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, fiction
I loved Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon". This book is loosely based on her mythology, but since Marion died shortly after "Mists of Avalon" was published, most of the other books attributed to her were written by Diana Paxson. Diana is an OK writer, but it isn't up to the quality of Marion, so that said, this book provides some backstory to "Mists of Avalon". It supposes that the people who founded the mythological Avalon came from world of Atlantis; that they escaped as Atlantis was f ...more
Mar 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
There was absolutely nothing good about this book that I could find. Paxson's link-up of MZB's Atlantis and Avalon series was embarrassingly bad. Bad writing, bad characterization, and to top it off, the text of the edition I read was full of errors! Maybe if someone had bothered to edit this, he or she would have realized how bad it was before it was too late. Ouch! Diana Paxson, please leave Avalon alone! It's a damn shame how bad this is compared to MZB's masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon.
Cara St.Hilaire
Jan 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Though I'm impressed that Paxson utilized Zimmer Bradley's vision for this title, it is the weakest of the series. I was so disappointed because the main love story (Tiriki and Micail) was weak. The underlying female strength and spirituality that is usually in the Avalon books is missing. Even the description of place and landscape that I've loved so much in these novels seems to not be present. I didn't feel that this prequel left me with a foundation to be more enlightened regarding the other ...more
I'm over trying to recreate my Mists of Avalon is impossible.
Ronda  Tutt
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy
This was a great read, I loved how it picked up from where the first book "The Fall of Alantis" ends.

In the first book "The Fall of Alantis" (Known as the Ancient Land - Alantis is of made up of many islands) it is foretold that the City of the Circling Snake (capital of the Ancient Land)will fall into the sea and the evil power will spread unto the other islands and they will sink into the sea as well.

Now in this second book, the City of the Circling Snake and many of the other islands have fel
Aaminah Shakur
Having read "The Forest House", "Lady of Avalon" and "Mists of Avalon", i was excited to read this book but instead found it too dull and too obvious that it was written by Diana (who is, herself a wonderful writer so i mean no disrespect) rather than Marion. It just didn't "gel" right for me. i wasn't really able to bring myself to finish it because it didn't hook me. i think i might have read maybe half of it, and every time i went back to it to try again it just didn't appeal to me. It just i ...more
This is the first book written by Diana Paxson that I have read. She is no Marion Zimmer Bradley, regardless of the fact that she claims to be writing Bradley's basic story idea.
It took me forever, months and months, to slog through a mere 350 pages that with other authors can take me about a day. The last two or three chapters were finally quite good, as were the first couple. The rest of the book could be condensed down to about a chapter or two, but then we wouldn't have a tome, would we? Jus
Feb 05, 2017 marked it as not-finished  ·  review of another edition
Die Ahnen von Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) von Diana L. Paxson

Die Ahnen von Avalon berichtet von den Ursprüngen des magischen Ortes aus Marion Zimmer Bradleys größtem und bekanntestem Roman, Die Nebel von Avalon. Viele Jahrhunderte vor den Tagen König Arthurs sieht das Inselreich von Atlantis seinem Untergang entgegen. Vor langer Zeit haben die Atlanter eine Kraft freigesetzt, die ihnen nun zum Verhängnis wird.

Tiriki und Micail, die einander liebenden Hohepriester der Insel Ahtarrath, werden a
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only for MZB "Avalon" completists
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Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arthurian, 2009
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J.P. Reedman
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not impressed. MISTS OF AVALON, despite being totally bogus in its 'historical' aspects (guess what? 'Celts' didn't worship some prime Mother Goddess, nor were they a particularly peaceable people)at least had the 'right' feel to it, enough to convince a LOT of readers that this was indeed what ancient Britons were like.
Now in ANCESTORS we have Atlanteans building Stonehenge. Gee, heck, I guess those dumb old Britons were nothing but stupid savages who couldn't figure out how to raise a monumen
Lisa Zigue
"Mas lembre-se: o enigma do destino é que continuamente escolhemos o castigo que merecemos. E, de maneira geral, não é o que pensamos estar escolhendo na ocasião."
Billeen Carlson
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bronze Age Awesomeness

Great book that teases fans of Avalon & Atlantis, myth & anthropology, culture & fantasy. A competent mythologizing of the movement of peoples in the ancient Mediterranean.
Sadly this did not catch the writing of Marion Zimmer Bradley. the novel did not have the interesting characters or a good plot , and this was a shame as the premise of the legend of Atlantis could of been so promising.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lettura tranquilla, forse troppo...l'ho trovato molto più lento rispetto ai precedenti, mi sarei aspettata più azione, più imprevisti
Florin Constantinescu
If you're start this novel by hoping to recapture the magic you felt when reading 'The Mists of Avalon' you will be sorely disappointed.
While TMOA was not necessarily a plot-strong novel, this one is a disaster from a plot point of view. Oh, but you love the characters and/or the setting? Another mess.
Maybe more Avalon lore, or inside information, given that this is one of countless prequels? Maybe, but only if you can bear the previously mentioned fatal flaws...
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend is clearing out their library in preparation for a move, and so I picked out some books to read before they go off to be sold/donated, and this was one of them. I read the original Mists of Avalon in college and have also read the other two books related to it, but had never bothered to pick this one up. I enjoyed the book quite a bit, and it fits in nicely with the story as already established.

The story begins in Atlantis, just days before the final volcanic eruption that destroys the
Jennifer Shapiro
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Marion Zimmer Bradley’s beloved Avalon saga continues with the dramatic story of the ancestors of Avalon, from their life on the doomed island of Atlantis to their escape to the mist-shrouded isle of Britain.”

This book made me realize there is ALOT I don’t know about Marion Zimmer Bradley’s writing. Truthfully I never got to finish Mists of Avalon because it was over 800 pages and i did not have that much time. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that after she passed her co-collaborator co
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, celtic
This book filled in some of the blanks left in M. Z. Bradley's Mists of Avalon. (I'll get to that later.) Furthermore, it fired my imagination to imagine what life was like on the mystical Isle of Atlantis. Quite Grecian and sunny, apparently; and not only that, but a place for refugees from an even more ancient land that sank below the sea, who carried their esoteric secrets to Atlantis.

The book presented me with a bit of confusion regarding this Grecian aspect of the Isle of Atlantis: The Isl
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastico libro, l'ho letto in due giorni e mezzo, non sono riuscito a staccarmi dal libro. Una storia bellissima, ho scoperto che le anime primarie sono 4, due maschili e due femminili. L'amore fra Micael e Tiriki è stupendo, profondo, magico; quando Anet ha baciato Micael la mia mente ha gridato "Putta*a!", se Micael cedeva al desiderio fisico entravo nel libro e lo strangolavo, lui e Tiriki si sono amati per tutta la vita, e le vite precedenti, se lui cedeva solo perché credeva che fosse mor ...more
The first 25% of this book was kind of like reading Titanic in reverse with the land sinking instead of the boat. The world building was also.most too fast as if all the characters and politics should have had their own book. As a reader I was overwhelmed by the all the names and ranks of people that I ultimately had no need of knowing after the island sank. I'm not giving anything away. It's Atlantis, it goes down. And along with the great island nation, half of the people I bothered memorizing ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Mists of Avalon back in high school, and though I don't remember the details, I recall that I loved it. So I picked Ancestors of Avalon up at a library fundraiser book sale, with the intention of reading the series in timeline-order (not publishing-order).

I'm glad I recall nothing of the finer plot pots from before, because this is clearly a different story (although the author's note at the end explains the common thread throughout). Apparently each novel in the series stands alone, but
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, 21st-century, 2000s

Wow, there are a lot of negative reviews for this one.

I think it's a good addition to the series. Let us not forget that Diana L. Paxson did work closely with Marion Zimmer Bradley so it's not as if some random person is coming in and hijacking MZB's series. And her writing is very good, with the exception of the one thing I loathe most about fantasy novels, the ridiculous names. The list of characters takes up 6 pages at the beginning and I kept getting all the side charact
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sooooo boring. Can't believe I finished it. I only read it (and Forest House and Lady of Avalon) because I really enjoyed Mists of Avalon, but this might have been the most disappointing of the four.
Tiriki is just boring. Micail is a passive doormat who does nothing. Damisa is bitchy and unlikable.
Shonna Froebel
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This novel was inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley's series on Avalon, of which I read Mists of Avalon years ago and loved. I put this book on my list several years ago, and finally got around to reading it. It is a kind of prequel taking place many years before the Avalon books.
I read another book in this series by Paxson, Ravens of Avalon some time ago as well and enjoyed it. This novel begins with the fall of Atlantis and the destruction of several islands that made up the empire. The main char
Ms. Paxson’s sweeping epic of the fall of Atlantis, the struggle for survival of its few remaining refugees and the rise and fall of Stonehenge is brimming with passion, adventure and the absorbing rituals of mundane living along with the tensions and conflicts that arise when old cultures meet new societies.

While men and women hold more or less equal place, we are witness once again to the power of the feminine spirit, especially when pitted against male energies. There is no facile, smug super
Dec 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vamps-n-fantasy, mzb
I picked up my very first Marion Zimmer Bradley book abou 14 years ago.
The Mists of Avalon was an eye-opener for me, and since my first experience of MZB's amazing story-telling abilities, I've made sure to pick up a book written by her every few months.

Whether she writes about Avalon, Atlantis, Darkover or Truth Jourdemayne's America - I am fascinated, inspired, and awed. I write down quotes from the books, look up more information about things written about in the books, and find myself addin
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
People seem to slag this one, but seeing as how I haven't read the original book written by Bradley so I don't have the perspective most of those people seem to have. I can't compare the writing styles or the content of the books so I'm reviewing this book with that in mind.

I enjoyed this one. I really love books about Atlantis, so when I discovered that this series starts with this book I was really excited to read it. It's an interesting take on the origins of Stonehenge. Having seen it in per
Mais um livro da saga Avalon, mas que não chegou a ser editado em Portugal. E eis que um dia, sem andar à procura do livro, a versão mobi me "apareceu" à frente e mesmo sendo em português do Brasil, acabei por pegar nele e ler.
O livro começa ainda em Atlântida mesmo antes da sua "queda", onde alguns habitantes e sacerdotes conseguem fugir em barcos e chegar às Ilhas Britânicas.
Grande parte do livro é passado já nas ilhas Britânicas, em que acompanhamos dois grupos que atracaram em locais difere
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. As the connection between Bradley's early work in the society of Atlantis (published as Web of Darkness, Web of Light and later as Fall of Atlantis) and her retelling of the Story of King Arthur (Mists of Avalon) I really wanted to love it.

But I don't think Paxson really knows the world Bradley created with the Avalon series as well as she thinks she does. The pacing was terrible and the plot line was predictable. I found myself reading and thinking that thing
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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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Avalon (7 books)
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  • The Forest House (Avalon, #2)
  • Lady of Avalon (Avalon, #3)
  • Priestess of Avalon (Avalon, #4)
  • Ravens of Avalon (Avalon #6)
  • Sword of Avalon (Avalon #7)
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