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The Prisoner in the Oak (The Mists of Avalon #4)

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Book Four finds Morgaine moving closer to the fate that will set her intractably against Arthur--her lover, brother, and now, enemy. Returning to Camelot during the Feast of Pentecost, Morgaine accuses Arthur of compromising the crown, and demands that he return Excalibur to her. When he refuses, Morgaine arranges a confrontation between her lover, Acc
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Published 1993 by Recorded Books Evergreen (first published 1982)
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Sofia Teixeira
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finalmente chega até nós o quarto e último volume da maravilhosa obra que é As Brumas de Avalon. Ao longo dos últimos três livros, temos vindo a acompanhar a história do grande rei Artur, da sua irmã Morgaine, do seu companheiro Lancelet e da rainha Gwen. No fim d'O Rei Veado a tensão era palpável. Artur virou costas ao seu juramento a Avalon e até o próprio Kevin é dado como traidor.

O Prisioneiro da Árvore é uma obra intensa. A tentativa de ressuscitar os antigos costumes e de preparar um novo
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Diana Marques
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 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 ...more
Adeselna
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
O mais medieval da saga escrita pela MZB, embora tenha deixado ainda certas coisas por explicar a verdade é que chegamos a um ponto em que as personagens que vimos nascer e crescer ao longo dos livros anteriores chegam ao seu declínio. Existe quase um desfilar de mortes e de sangue muito típico da literatura medieval (pelo menos europeia) que, apesar de ser brusca injecta alguma "realidade" num livro que supostamente muitos rotulam de fantasia. Comecei a ler "As Brumas de Avalon" como livro femi ...more
Maggie Maxfield
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
My favorite of the series, despite the fact the EVERYTHING FELL APART. A word was used to describe the Merlin right before his death: Fey. Synonyms for Fey: doomed, marked for death. The whole series was like this. And why was I so surprised at the demise of all the characters I'd begrudgingly come to love? It's not like I expected King Arthur's Court to be a lasting entity. I know it doesn't exist now. But I was riveted at its demise.
Nate Garvison
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Second reading: All that dies does not die, but is reborn anew. Nothing is lost, but is reclaimed by others in their own way, in their own right. That’s the entire theme of this book by my reckoning. It’s heartbreaking, yet at the same time, thoughtful and mindful and hopeful, for though you think your ways are ending, they simply become something else. The world is ever wrought with change.

First reading. Well, this book made me cry. The ending was powerful and moving.
Feathzzz
You know I started out loving this book, and I have no problems with long novels if they're good, but my enthrall definitely waned as the prolonged story went on. Honestly it's extremely interesting story over-all. The Ending leaves me a kind of opaque equivocalness, no distinction. It's epic and memorable. The vast cast of characters represents a diverse array natures, philosophy, and reality. I still maintain there's something very singular about this novel, it's definitely worth reading just ...more
Gabriel
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect ending *--*

its hard to discribe what i'm feeling now... The writing style, the characters so solid, so perfect. Everythings come together in the end.


Final perfeito! *---*

É difícil descrever o que eu senti ao terminar esse livro. A escrita da autora, os personagens incrivelmente bem caracterizados, perfeito. Tudo termina num conjunto fantástico, não ficam pontas soltas.
Juliana Riccio
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
If you enjoy the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, you will certainly enjoy this series. It is in my opinion, the best on the King Arthur's story and it leads the reader to believe the whole story is indeed real.

The forth and final book on this amazing series.
Joana Gomes
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books with no happy endings, I think they are closer to reality.
About the book, I love the feeling of "acceptance" in the end.
And these 4 books made me think a lot about religion and fanatism...
vorbore
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Oh, the sins of pride, and the pain they produce... A few memorable lines from my favorite books come to my mind: "... people do get hypnotized by the hard choices.". And "The will to be stupid is a very powerful force.". And the final answer to it all: "People before principles."
Elena
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, religion
Концовка вполне логичная. Закончилось всё, умерли все. Все там будем.
Но уж больно много псевдорелигиозных идей о "все боги-единый бог".
Mariana
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! A fantastic series! Totally worth it! All those feelings, everything, it's really a good series!
Lucia
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the previous ones but it was a good ending to the series. I'm definitely reading the next books!
Sotiris Karaiskos
Τέταρτο και τελευταίο μέρος, στο οποίο δεν παρατηρούμε κάποια ιδιαίτερη διαφοροποίηση σε σχέση με τα προηγούμενα βιβλία της σειράς. Το ύφος παραμένει σχετικά ίδιο, όπως και οι ιδεολογικές προτεραιότητες της συγγραφέως. Το μεγάλο φινάλε βέβαια (αν και ιδιαίτερα υποτονικό) κατά βάση ακολουθεί την κλασική ιστορία, αν και μάλλον δίνεται ένα εντελώς διαφορετικό νόημα. Όπως και να έχει όμως η κατάσταση δεν θεωρώ ότι βελτιώνεται, έτσι δεν μπορεί να βελτιωθεί και η δική μου υποκειμενική κρίση που θεωρεί ...more
Elphaba J
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
xiste uma satisfação muito particular quando se chega ao fim de uma tetralogia que atinge a dimensão, histórica e factual, de As Brumas de Avalon no passado, e ainda hoje, na literatura fantástica. Algo que se reafirma de forma muito especial para os amantes, como eu, deste género literário mas, igualmente, para todos aqueles que têm capacidade de se emocionar com os factos narrados nas entrelinhas e, neste livro em particular, com um fim, um epílogo, derradeiramente perfeito.

Cavaleiros e donzel
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Guilherme Bahia
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(Abaixo, o comentário em português)
In this last book of the series we see the demise of a once thriving spirituality, the despair for a world whose end is coming, the angst before the doubt: could it have been avoided?

But is it really the end? Is it merely the destruction of one faith by another? Will no feature of the defeated faith remain? The author beautifully explores the fact that Christianity was still in formation, and therefore not entirely closed to external influences. We then have so
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Nádia Batista
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ter o último volume de As Brumas de Avalon nas mãos provocou-me sentimentos díspares... Por um lado, estava ansiosa por ler, mas por outro, era o último livro, e depois disto, a história acabava-se. Foi um misto de entusiasmo e tristeza que me acompanharam ao longo das páginas de O Prisioneiro da Árvore, leitura tão aguardada.

A história é, naturalmente, o culminar da guerra entre cristãos e pagãos, personificada em Artur e Morgaine. Claro que dizer apenas isto é pouco, pois Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Justsmile91
Quando peguei n’As Brumas de Avalon sabia que ia entrar num mundo de fantasia, batalhas e um imaginário sem fim, o que nunca me tinha passado pela cabeça é que iria passar por todos os tipos de emoções ao envolver-me nas suas páginas. As Brumas de Avalon retratam a época de Arthur e uma guerra entre Deus e Deusa, em que o cristianismo ignora todos os outros deuses e todas as suas tradições. Morgaine é a personificação da Deusa, que após muitas batalhas interiores entre si, a Deusa e todos os que ...more
Dave
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to
This review applies to the whole series.

It's hard to give this series below 4 stars, but it definitely isn't a five start book. I love the idea of this book. The fact that there is no hero in a fantasy book is both refreshing and frustrating. It is exciting to break convention, but everyone is so NORMAL. They blow up, get pissed, make up, and end up not doing much. I won't give away the major reveals, but there are some true villains, I guess. But even they are so thoroughly fleshed out and are
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Magda Pais
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own, 2016
Tinha concluído o seu trabalho.

Termina assim, com Morgaine a falar como a Deusa sobreviveu à corte cristã de Arthur, a tetralogia que me abriu as portas à fantasia e que, ao mesmo tempo, me deu uma das minhas personagens favoritas - Morgaine. É fácil encantarmo-nos com Morgaine e irritar-nos com Gwenhwyfar, ao mesmo tempo que desejamos que Mordred não consiga os seus intentos e que Morgause desista de manobrar o reino a seu bel prazer.

É Marion Zimmer Bradley que nos faz sentir assim, a viver as
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Joseph
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Melanie
While I did like the first books of the series, this one was awfully long and terribly annoying. While some characters did have a glorious ending others (and mostly my favorite characters) suffered an inglorious death while the ones I hated the most had cute, happy endings. And as if this wasn't bad enough, the characters I did not like one bit were the ones where the focus of the story was. And while the ending of the series was not exactly bad, it was not quite satisfactory.
So what can I say a
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Catarina Bravo
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Brumas de Avalon são uma tetralogia que nos remete ao mito do rei Arthur. Porque escolher esta versão de uma tao afamada história? Simples, todas falam do menino bondoso e corajoso que se tornou um rei sensato e justo, unificador de toda a Bretanha; nenhuma delas fala das mulher que o amaram, que o criaram.
Apesar dos quatro livros terem por base o mito, o facto é que a historia se centra em Avalon. No reino de Avalon, nas suas sacerdotisas especialmente Morgaine. A historia dá mais relevância
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Sigrid Fry-Revere
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good, like the others.
Tânia M.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro traz um final especial e trágico ao mesmo tempo, a cada um personagens, como já era de calcular. Não é um final feliz, mas penso que é um final que nos toca e nos faz recordar toda a saga com saudade. Muitas foram os acontecimento decorridos para que este final acontecesse, mas a mensagem final acaba por ser o mais importante e que realmente importa, (não tanto o destino dos personagens).

Não foi o meu livro preferido dos 4 volumes, com certeza. Senti que todos os personagens perderam
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Maggie
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
so glad to have finished this series ... years ago i decided i wanted to based on the first book ... but it turns out that other books in this series takes on malevolent behavior, desire for one-upmanship and power, and pettiness on a royal scale (if pettiness and power can indeed co-exist as motivation) far too seriously which -- for this reader -- takes away the pleasure of these characters from this (original) story line ... and it is the original story line that i look for in a series of thi ...more
Vanessa
Este quarto e último volume da série "As Brumas de Avalon" deixou-me bastante curiosa, logo desde a primeira página, principalmente por ser o desfecho da história e por a mesma continuar tão envolta em mistério como no início.

Mais uma vez fiquei surpreendida com o carácter forte e impressionante de todas as personagens que, à sua maneira, se tornaram essenciais para a história e para o seu desenvolvimento.

Este é um livro repleto de acontecimentos inesperados, cujo final não fui realmente capaz d
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Emily
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The fourth and final book in Zimmerman's retelling of Arthurian legend from the point of view of the women. By this book everyone is getting old; the companions of the round table are falling apart, and various people trying to undermine Arthur for various reasons, ending in the final death of Mordred and Arthur and the fading away of Avalon and Camelot into the mists of legend.

Overall the first book was the best. Still, seems somewhat apropos that I finished the final book of the fall of King
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Marta Mesquita
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei de ler As Brumas de Avalon. São uma série obrigatória para quem gosta da literatura do fantástico. Pessoalmente, fiquei presa à história por causa das personagens e de como aparecem sempre tão bem enquadradas na trama. Ficamos sempre com vontade de ler mais um bocadinho para saber o que vai acontecer a seguir. Mas confesso que a parte religiosa/espiritual não me prendeu. Acho que explora muito ideias feitas (claro que também tenho de ter em conta que esta série foi escrita há quase 30 ano ...more
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham
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“What sorrow is like to the sorrow of one who is alone?
Once I dwelt in the company of the king I loved well,
And my arm was heavy with the weight of the rings he gave,
And my heart weighed down with the gold of his love.
The face the king is like the sun to those who surrounded,.
But now my heart is empty
And I wander along throughout the world.
The groves take on their blossoms,
The trees and meadows grow fair
But the cuckoo, saddest of singers,
Cries forth the only sorrow of the exile,
And now my heart hoes wandering,
In search of what I shall never see more;
All faces are alike to me if I cannot see the face of my king,
And all countries are alike to me
When I cannot see the fair fields and meadows of my home.
So I shall arise and follow my heart in its wandering
For what is the fair meadow of home to me
When I cannot see the face of my king
And the weight on my arm is but a band of gold
When the heart is empty of the weight of love.
And so I shall go roaming
Over the fishers' road
And the road of the great whale
And beyond the country of the wave
With none to bear me company
But the memory of those I loved
And the songs I sang out of a full heart,
And the cuckoo's cry in memory.”
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