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Avalon

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Fleeing from Camelot and Arthur's anger, two desperate
Paperback, 237 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Naiad Press
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Arthurianmaiden
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was quite surprised by this novel. When I bought it and read the blurb, I expected something only vaguely connected with arthuriana, something maybe with a setting similar to arthurian, with some mentions of past arthurian characters and the story of a completely new character and disconnected from Camelot. Instead "Avalon" is quite connected with arthuriana, definitely more than I thought, and even if there were some things I wasn't particularly fond in the novel, I ended up liking it a lot.

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Maggy
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
This book gets a 3 instead of a 2 purely because it was written in 1991 and she made an attempt to tell the story, which even today some people don't.

Arthurian romances are a tricky business. The legends are a morass of contradictory oral and written legend. Avalon does nothing to untangle the mess; her sources are unclear and the writing frequently obtuse and dry. However, the narrative was charming and the characters moderately interesting, so this book is a good historical curiosity if nothin
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E.M. Taggart
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Apparently Mary J. Jones never wrote another novel, which is a shame. This story is about the Lady of the Lake. In this reimagining, she's a sort of priestess and part of a female-dominated society, but the novel never falls into didacticism. Instead there is a great deal of imaginative world-building which draws more on the history of the period than on Arthurian legend, and the large cast of characters is well realized and varied. I read almost the entire book in a single night; it was absorbi ...more
Sally
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Interesting, confusing, peculiar stuff. Not as awesome as I was hoping... bumped up half a star because of the gay :P
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