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Lady of Avalon (Avalon #3)

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A new age is coming...The King will come...and he will rule forever in Avalon.

Through the generations the women of Avalon prepare for the coming of the Defender, the sacred king who will guard the old ways of the Britons and save their land from destruction. On the holy isle of Avalon, hidden in the mists between the world of Faerie and the world of men, they wait.

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Published October 20th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published 1982)
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Jul 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Bradley set up much of Avalon and Britannia in The Mists of Avalon, the stories in Lady of Avalon actually take place beforehand, and Bradley spends the first third of the book describing Avalon as it was before it was closed off in mists, and Britannia before Christianity had really taken hold. Because there are actually three stories told within the context of one novel, Bradley must introduce the reader to the changes that have taken place over time at the beginning of each new tale. ...more
This book is the prequel to The Mists of Avalon and I've read it quite a few times over the years when I would binge read the entire series. There are actually 3 novellas that make up this book. The first is the direct sequel to The Forest House and tells us when, why, and how the secret Avalon was created by the High Priestess. The second novella is the story of a priestess who is made to marry a Britannian Admiral to tie Britannia to Avalon. The 3rd novella gives the back story of Viviane.

Drew Patrick Smith
Review from the PFS Book Club

What I Liked: This book, unlike the more popular The Mists of Avalon, is swift and uncomplicated. The characters are still interesting - it was especially nice to see Viviane's backstory, since she was one of the characters that made Mists so great, and the plot zings along at a breakneck speed.

The three-part book, basically a trilogy of novellas, is smart and different from most books on the shelves these days, so it was a nice change from the usual. And, in general
Ronda  Tutt
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More great stories by MZB. I enjoyed reading the three parts in this book. However, I have to say that this book along with Priestess of Avalon should of been one book but in chronological order so the reader can enjoy and understand the story instead of going back and forth between the books.

Part I of this book is the direct sequel to "The Forest House" and I really enjoyed reading about Caillean's foster son (Eilan & Gaius Macellius son) Gawan and the Fairy Queens daughter Sienna's trials
Sometimes I don't really know how I should feel about a book. This is always the case when I read any book from the Mists of Avalon series and it wasn't any different with this one. This book is not exactly boring. I just got to a point in the story where I just can't stand any of the characters. Not even Morgana. In fact, I spent more time trying not to just burn this book rather than enjoying it properly. Gwenhwyfar is possibly the most annoying, stupid, acidic, venomous, rancid, bitter, incon ...more
Things heat up. The plot gets more intense. Gwenwyhfar is an illogical, self-righteous little twat. Her theology is so propagandized and not really actually reasoned. I keep getting mad and wondering why somebody doesn’t just say, “You’re a bigot. Why are you so afraid and hating? The Roman Christians violently invaded this land, came and started a war, murdered the original inhabits into submission, and then have the audacity to say our culture and religion is evil????” And the way she judges ...more
I liked this one but not as much as I did the previous book. I will blame Gwen because she steps on my nerve and I can't really stand her. Not sure if I like hating her or what because there are people that likes disliking someone. But I'm not sure.
I didn’t love this half as much as I loved The Mists of Avalon and maybe that’s to be expected. Mists is as legendary as the subject of Arthurian legends itself and coming as a prequel, Lady of Avalon has plenty to live up to. Nevertheless, Marion Zimmer Bradley's talent for creating some of fantasy’s most powerful women is as formidable as ever in Caillean, Sianna and of course, Viviane. Her characters are complex, layered with the sublime and hence, prove to be all the more human when events t ...more
Robin Taylor
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady of Avalon, continues Caillean's story from where we last see her in 'The Forest House'. With her vivid descriptive narrative and masterful story teller's art Marion Zimmer Bradley shows us a world as it may have been but touched by Magic. We see Avalon become the home of the priestesses of the great Goddess. Through the cycles of the year and the lives of three of Avalon's high priestesses, Caillean, Dierna and Viviane we see Avalon come to the destiny which is fulfilled in 'The Mists of Av ...more
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-academic
Loved it. One of my favorite books, and I consider myself to be a pretty big Arthurian legend nerd. I've read this AND listened to it on audio (with Davina Porter - if you are going to get it as an audio book, I recommend her highly).
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth said, I've read the four books one after another, nonstopping to swallow. I have no opinion of each in particular.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im Jahre 98 n. Chr. ist Avalon die letzte Zufluchtstätte des alten Glaubens, während sich über das restliche Britannien die Herrschaft der Römer ausdehnt. Noch leben die Druiden und PriesterInnen von Avalon zwar in Eintracht mit den ersten Christen auf der Insel, und auch von den Römern wird ihr Heiligtum geachtet, doch die Zeiten ändern sich schnell. Aber auf Avalon wirken noch andere, ältere Kräfte, und in höchster Not gelingt es, die Insel im Nebel versinken zu lassen und von der äußeren Welt ...more
Abandoned because I couldn’t be bothered to care and then I started reading about scandals and the author instead and her work felt repugnant to me. I hope I can still re-read The Mists of Avalon without feeling gross.
Sofia Teixeira
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como sabem, antes deste livro já tinha lido os Corvos de Avalon e A Casa da Floresta. A curiosidade desperta em mim era tanta que fui a correr aproveitar o desconto de 25% no Jumbo e comprei este livro. Não estou nada arrependida. Apesar de não ser um livro muito muito apaixonante, foi um livro que mostrou imenso, explicou ainda mais e um livro da MZB é sempre um livro dela, principalmente nesta grande saga que é a de Avalon.
Uma das razões pela qual o livro não é excelente, e acredito que seja p
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Precursor

From before the tale of Arthur, the Lady of Avalon ruled. This story tells of the predecessors to the Lady of the Lake, the power of the Goddess and the Druids, and the conflict of Brittania vs. the rest of the world. Well done!
Diana Marques
In this volume I missed some of the magic that was present in the previous volumes. Morgaine has abandoned Avalon and renounced the Goddess and the life as a priestess. Therefore, there are few references to the Celtic culture, the Goddess and the mystique and power of Avalon. In this book it is more evident the presence of the Christian religion, which is gaining ground among the populations and their rulers, who adopt these beliefs and reject the pagan beliefs and rituals. Although it is inter ...more
Lady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a compilation of three novellas, each set in a different time period, and each with a different High Priestess or "Lady" of Avalon. Part one is a direct sequel to The Forest House and tells the story of how the protective mists that separate Avalon from the surrounding land were put in place by Caillean. Part two is about a priestess named Teleri who is compelled to marry a man she does not love in order to tie him to Avalon to ensure the safety of Brit ...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like historical novels of this period and the Arthur legend
I thought this would be the story of the Lady of Avalon, but it is much more than that. It is the story of the very essence of the legend of Avalon, not one Priestess but three of them, and of more than one incarnation of the mighty King that will come to save Britain. It is, like the previous book, a prequel to Arthur. The beliefs of the Druids and the worshippers of the Goddess come to life, the presence throughout centuries of the Faerie Queen who watches, and at times has a hand in history a ...more
Sara Jesus
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Depois de " As brumas de Avalon" , Marion decide escrever sobre as suas sacerdotisas e narrar os acontecimentos que antecedem a chegada de Artur.
3 histórias de mulheres extraordinárias que todo fazem para proteger a ilha sagrada. A primeira, Caillen é quem esconde Avalon nas brumas. A segunda, Dierne promove o compromisso entre um oficial romano e uma das suas noviças de modo a preservar o sol sagrado. E a terceira, Viviane regressa a Avalon para tornar-se a próxima Senhora e acaba por se torn
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
Estou satisfeita com este livro, gostei de o ler e consegui gostar de facto de uma personagem: Viviane.

Marion Zimmer Bradley não é de todo uma escritora de eleição para mim, pelo menos ainda não se revelou até à data. Felizmente tenho vindo a apreciar melhor as suas obras e a adaptar-me melhor a elas. Contudo, há algo demasiado frio, soturno e distante na escrita da autora que continua a afastar-me um pouco e são várias as vezes que dou por mim a divagar.

Este livro está dividido em três partes,
Jessica Gadziala
Following where The Forest House left off, Caillean flees with the young Gawen and establishes a life on the isle of Avalon. After that story comes to its end we follow Dierna and her young priestess Teleri. Then in the third part of the book, we get to watch the young Viviane (from the incredible Mists of Avalon) grow and we finally get a bit of insight into how she became what she was.

Perhaps the most slow-moving of the Avalon books I have read thus far... at times boring... at times leaving y
Maggie Maxfield
Again. Potentialy epic. Dismally soap-operatic. But this leads me to my dilemma. Is there ever an epic novel that doesn't have some kind of soap-operatic qualities (SOQ)? And by SOQ, I mean the creation of a world where lives build upon eachother in such a way that the mention of one name, common to the outsider, brings with it a slew of twisted plot turns and possibly forboding. Does Lord of the Rings have the same qualities, but hidden by a shroud of classicism*? Now I need to read other epic ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is about three women - Caillean, Dierna and Viviane. Caillean is the first Lady of Avalon, who will raise Gawen, the Sacred King. Dierna is the next Lady of Avalon who will serve during Roman and Breton political rising. Viviane, who follows her mother, Ana, serves as the Lady of Avalon during Saxon invasions. We follow their lives through their service as priestesses of Avalon; their joys, pains and rebirths.

This novel is filled with the cycles of life. The reader follows characters
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, american, myths
Bridges the gap between 'The Forest House' and 'The Mists of Avalon'. Enjoyable light reading but nothing to blow your mind. Split into three short novellas exploring the development of Avalon and the attempts to free Britain from the Romans.

I find owning Marion Zimmer Bradley books uncomfortable after the abuse allegations so will be donating this to Oxfam.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Há muito que este livro estava esquecido numa das prateleiras da minha mãe, tinha eu ainda 12 anos."Tem muitas personagens!" Queixava-se ela. Felizmente para o "O rei veado", muitas personagens e histórias complexas eram já nessa altura duas das minhas coisas favoritas num livro. Devorei-o mais do que o li, e procurei depois os restantes volumes para saciar a minha curiosidade crescente de um mundo tão maravilhoso como aquele que me foi descrito pela primeira leitura. Agora, muitos anos mais tar ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meu
Mais um livro desta saga fantástica. Adoro a personagem Morgana, perfeitamente fascinante. Irrita-me o Rei Artur, sempre a ser subjugado pela mulherzinha Gwenhwyfar que é muito religiosa e completamente contra outro tipo de cultos. Com vontade de ler rapidamente o próximo :)
I've really enjoyed reading about Viviane and the other ancestors who made Avalon what it was in The Mists of Avalon. I love the sense of history in this series, and the spirits who are continually reborn together and are bound together through the ages.
Mar 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
wish i could give it 3 1/2 stars. better than "forest house" but not as good as "mists." does a good job of setting up "mists", though... I almost want to read "mists" again now (but then I remember how miserable I was reading it this last time just a couple of months ago).
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was almost as good as The Mists of Avalon, but not quite. I really do believe that everyone should read these books at some point, only if they do read the first one. If you are a fan of Bradley's other books then I definitely think that this novel is worth a read.
Shirley McLain
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have always enjoyed reading books about King Authur and his Knights of the Round Table. This book focus is on the Druid Priestesses. If you like fantasy you will love this book. It keeps you turning the page.
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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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