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Ravens of Avalon: Avalon Book 3

(Avalon #6)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,336 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Marion Zimmer Bradley’s beloved Avalon saga continues in “a fine tribute to Bradley and the real-world triumphs and tragedy of Boudica.”(Publishers Weekly)

Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Ravens of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted millions of readers over the years and is sur
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Paperback, 393 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Roc Trade (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mark Definitely read them in in-universe chronological order, not publication order.

The correct order is The Fall of Atlantis (a non-Avalon book that was l…more
Definitely read them in in-universe chronological order, not publication order.

The correct order is The Fall of Atlantis (a non-Avalon book that was later brought into continuity with the Avalon series), Ancestors of Avalon (a direct sequel to Atlantis that tells of the fleeing Atlanteans that settled in Avalon), Sword of Avalon, Ravens of Avalon (very little of Avalon itself in this one), The Forest House, a back-and-forth between the chapters of Lady of Avalon and Priestess of Avalon (they overlap), The Mists of Avalon (read the short story "The Heart of the Hill" from the "Out of Avalon" anthology when you get to the point in Mists when Morgaine is a young girl), and finally the short story "Lady of Avalon" in the "Return to Avalon" anthology. For more info, see the following:

https://avalonbooks.net/chronology/

https://diana-paxson.com/writing/avalon/(less)
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Ronda  Tutt
I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning but I am so glad I kept reading after I understood who all the tribes were and figured out how the time era was related to Avalon.

Personally I thought the story wasn't focused around Avalon itself as in being in the location upon Tor. This story is more wrapped in Romes Conquest of Britannia and the rebellion by Queen Boudica.

This was my first time to read anything about Queen Boudica and I have to say I loved her as a hero even though her last war
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Donna LaValley
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was eager to read a novel that followed up on The Mists of Avalon, a 5-star book if ever there was one, and took this up for a cozy winter read. Well, cozy it was not!

First, this was not written by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is among the prequels and sequels (of The Mists of Avalon) written mostly by Diana Paxson, some of which were “with” Marion ZB.

I was happy to read it and also happy to finish it. It covers the period of time when Romans conquered and occupied Briton. There are very many b
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Julie
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MY TAKE: I really enjoyed this book and read it fairly quickly. I always knew about Boudica being a Celtic heroine, but had never read much more than that. The author(s) wove historical facts in seamlessly with the story of Avalon. I really want to learn even more about Boudica now.

This book veered a bit off the path from focusing on the story of the Isle of Avalon. It was primarily the story of Boudica and Lhiannon (both very strong women) and their life-long connection. I liked that the relati
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Sherwood Smith
This is a prequel to Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Forest House. Paxson worked closely on the Avalon stories with Bradley, carrying on the tales with Bradley's blessing, and as she'd envisioned. I think that that shows—Paxson's version fits seamlessly with the others. The truth (for me) is, though Bradley was a pioneer, and her Darkover novels gave me a lot of reading zip when I was in my twenties, I prefer Paxson's writing style, and also her characters: they show more subtlety, depth, and comple ...more
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This is the first story I have read about Boudica. I have been a fan of hers for awhile. I enjoyed the story. The beginning was slow and therefore hard to get into the story at first. It did pick up and I am glad I stuck it out. It took me awhile to get through this book.
Emily
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Paxon is a really good writer, but like other people have said, she lacks atmosphere. She needs to describe the air and sky more. Also, as with a few other of the Avalon books, the pacing is really jarring -- Years go by when it really doesn't feel like years. The timeline keeps leaping forward. People are suddenly in their thirties when they were seemingly just twelve years old. About sixteen years goes by in the novel, but it only feels to the reader like five years. Technically I s ...more
Connie
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a compelling story. Of course I cared about Boudica and Llianon, but I fell in love with Prasutigos. I especially liked what Boudica did on her wedding day! *G* And my heart went out to Ardanos as well as to Llianon when they discovered their mistake.

Also very moving were the battles on Mona and Boudica's final battle. The sacking of Colonia, Londinium, and Verlamion were wrenching. I could well understand Boudica's ambivalence matched my own. The writing brought everything to life, or
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Andrea
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, american, epic
This is an amazing story of the legendary figure Boudica, a Celtic princess and her mentor Lhiannon, a priestess on the Druid's Isle. This is a tale of passion and war. The war is for the rule of Britain, between the Romans and the people who inhabit the Isle. The great Boudica rouses the British tribes and fight valiantly to drive the Romans out. A well written and passionate account, the author stays true to the stories and the legends created in the brilliant imagination of Marion Zimmer Bra ...more
Anna
This telling of the story of Boudica weaves the warrior queen's life into the mythology of Bradley's Avalon. It's an interesting tale, but the fast pace of the book leaves little room for character development. The characters and their relationships rely heavily archetypes based of Bradley's other works, so if you haven't read Mists of Avalon the lack of the character development in this novel might leave you feeling uninvested in the people or their plight. If you have been a fan of the Avalon ...more
Barbara
This was a bit of a disappointment. Both as an installment in the Avalon series as a book about Boudica. I have come to expect strong women in the Avalon series and I find them lacking here. They are driven by circumstances like sheep instead of being strong and fight. The only times Boudica fights is when she is taken over by the Goddess and that is not strength. Also I have come to expect another kind of woman for Boudica. I know not much is known about her but I can't imagine her being on the ...more
Lois
Jan 21, 2021 marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
Marion Zimmer Bradley was my first introduction to fantasy and sci fi. I started reading her novels, which had been gifted to my mom who still hasn't read them; pretty sure I read Mists of Avalon in 6th or 7th grade.

Her work was always problematic as in her Darkover books are full of sexism & racism and attempts to normalize many types of societal oppression.

I never understood the characterization of her as a feminist.

Add in that she not only covered for her child molesting husband but also part
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Emerald
Wonderful tale of the Celtic Warrior Queen Boudica and how her life started in Avalon. Her young life, her marriage, her children and her battles with the Roman Empire. Utterly enjoyable, her life story told in a fantasy setting of Britton pre-Arthurian. Celtic Warrior Queen Boudica was in fact a historic figure.

This whole series has been amazing. One more book to go for me.
Desirae
I just... I can't....

This book is fucking garbage. Lifeless characters and listless plot.
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Rachel
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Chris
Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
MZB is one of my all time favorite writers. I like both her Avalon series and the Darkover stories and the common thread of strong women. It's not often that people keep writing books after they die, but MZB started to collaborate w/ Diane Paxton prior to her death, and Paxton has continued writing based on the stories that MZB created. With this novel though I was highly dissappointed. First of all what I have always liked about the Avalon stories was that is was all about the women, and not ab ...more
Gery
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This sequel to the Avalon series follows Boudica's life and rebellion as well as her friend and mentor Lhiannon's active participance in preserving the Druid's beliefs and culture.
If you want to read this book because of the mysticism and the atmosphere of "The Mists..." be ready to be surprised as it has nothing in common. The style of the book is completely different and I liked it because it suits the story more as it is action driven and Boudica is not a priestess, but a hot-blooded and rebe
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Paul
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story based on the history of the Roman occupation of Britain and Queen Boudicca's resistance. Interweaved beautifully, though, I appreciated the authoritative illustration of ancient Druid lore and rituals which resonated at some level in my Celtic bones. ...more
Cyndy
Aug 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Avalon series. I rented this at the library, but I may have to buy it one of these days. It's one I would like to have in my collection. ...more
Guin
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one!
Marion Zimmer Bradley she's not. It doesn't help that we already know the outcome of this story, obviously - or the world would be a very different place. ...more
Reading Through the Lists
This was my first foray into the world of the Avalon novels, and I must say, I enjoyed it and will be coming back for more. Without having the benefit Marion Zimmer Bradley's framework, however, I must judge Ravens of Avalon solely on its own merits.

First of all, I listened to this on audiobook, which was a mistake. The reader's voice is grating, and all the Celtic names and places are impossible to keep separate while you're also trying to get into the far left lane and not get your car smashe
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Maja Helena
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

Ravens of Avalon as better than the previous 2 book. It still wasn’t what I would call a good book, but it wasn’t bad – I guess we can call it decent.

In this installment of the Avalon Saga we follow a new character, celtic princess/warrior queen Boudica and the younger versions of characters we have met in a previous installment. This book mainly served the purpose of showing what happened at Mona, which it did a decent job of.

Paxson’s writing was fine, but it is complet
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Marsha Valance
In "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon", Diana Paxson offers a prequel to "The Forest House", telling of those Druids of Mona who resisted Claudius's invasion in 43 A.D. and the decades that followed. Lhiannon, a young teacher in the House of the Maidens, welcomes Boudicca
of the Iceni to the Druid isle. When the Romans conquer Britain, Lhiannon retreats to Avalon, then Ireland, while to protect the Iceni Boudica marries King Prasutagos. After his death, a rejected Roman suitor and his legi
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Morgan (Turbo)
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book even despite not reading the other books in the series. At many moments in the book I stopped and thought how the particular part was wonderfully written. It’s also based on historical events of an ancient time which makes it more interesting for me. What I really liked was the book’s descriptions about magic. Paxton does an amazing job describing rituals of the druids, rites of passage, blood magic, harvest rituals, and even a main character possessed by a goddess.

Perhaps thi
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Margaret
This book based on Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Avalon" series moves into true historical territory with one of the principals of the story being Boudica.

There's less of Avalon in this one. More on how Avalon became the successor to Mona after the dreadful massacre of the Druids.

The main thrust of the story is the Roman conquest of Britain and the Iceni lead uprising that destroyed three towns and created a legend.

As you would expect with a title like "Ravens of Avalon" The Morrigan plays a large pa
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Feathzzz
There's certain charm to this story in the whispering, eerie power of the voice at times. At other times it falls into a cheap cliche with too much "embrace the goddess"! When the voice does come through it gives me shivers. Over all the plot is well paced, enough to keep interest. There's interesting elements that drive the story and the character development was well done. ...more
Jacqueline
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book because it gave some good background info on the legendary warrior, Boudica. I loved Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon and several others. Not sure if it was because this writer is not Marion Zimmer Bradley or if it wasn't "new" regarding the Druid and Priestess practices but the character relationships were very good. ...more
Kelly
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this book was when it was brand new, so about 11-12 years ago. I loved it back then. I still like stories about Boudica and Celts in general, but as it turns out, I'm not such a fan of the writing style anymore. It comes across as a bit old fashioned now, which makes total sense since it has been written so many years ago. It was great back then, though. ...more
Keso Shengelia
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ravens of Avalon fits well in Marion Zimmer Bradley's history of Avalon. Diana Paxson continues the story with well developed characters and a very believable story line. Queen Boudica's storyline was good and impressive but to my mind this is the weakest part from the series of Avalon. ...more
Literarian Shawty
Even thought this book is of a similar written quality as the rest of the trilogy, I have found it the most difficult read. A lot of focus was on the battles and politics which were exceedingly boring for me as I was more interested to see the way of life as it was highlighted in previous books.
Kirundo
Jul 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
I just couldn't get into the story this time. I do barely remember having read it once but this time I just couldn't finish it. ...more
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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.

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Avalon (7 books)
  • The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
  • The Forest House (Avalon, #2)
  • Lady of Avalon (Avalon, #3)
  • Priestess of Avalon (Avalon, #4)
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon (Avalon, #5)
  • Sword of Avalon (Avalon #7)

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