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    DescriptionThis, the eagerly awaited link between "The Forest House" and "The Mists of Avalon", spans the creation of Avalon itself, right up to the birth of King Arthur. This enchanting novel of the Holy Isle is told through the successive lives of its three most powerful priestesses: Caillean; Dierna; and finally Viviane, high priestess of Avalon and Lady of the Lake who safeguards the Grail.


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    Title
    Lady of Avalon
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marion Zimmer Bradley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 104 mm
    Height: 176 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140241938
    ISBN 10: 0140241930
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: FAN
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.54
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    BIC subject category V2: FM
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: FQ
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: B-232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21300
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    BISAC V2.8: FIC009030, FIC014000, FIC009020
    Thema V1.0: FM, FN
    Illustrations note
    map
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    07 May 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Marion Zimmer Bradley, the author of THE MISTS OF AVALON, THE FOREST HOUSE and THE FIREBRAND, as well as the popular Darkover series of science fiction novels, lives in California.
    Review quote
    "The novel Marion Zimmer Bradley's fans have been yearning for." -- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
    Review text
    This smoky mix of magic, legend, people both mythic and real, and the ancient savageries of war supplies a chronological link between Bradley's The Forest House (1994), set in first-century Britain, and her Arthurian saga, The Mists of Avalon (1983). Here, again, is Avalon, seat of the Goddess Mother religion, its artifacts crafted by those Old Ones from Atlantis. This time, the High Priestesses, hounded by male-dominated Christianity, wrestle with their powers as they see visions and seek out incarnations of the Sacred King who will save Brittania. The boy Gawen (introduced in The Forest House) will be raised in Avalon by the High Priestess Caillean - it is she who magically separates Avalon from the world outside - saluted as the true "Son of a Hundred Kings," be given a miraculous sword, and ritually unite with his beloved Sianna (none other than the daughter of the Faerie Queen). Gawen is killed by Romans but will appear again in other incarnations to fulfill his destiny as Defender of Brittania. The next Incarnation - the future Emperor of Brittania, Carausius - is discovered by the High Priestess Dierna, who should be his Queen/Bride but mistakenly arranges a marriage for him with one who would help in his defeat. Vortimer, son of the High King, is the third to swear to save Brittania's ancient ways and freedom. There are flights and pursuits, carnage on land and sea, sacred artifacts (cup, lance, etc., later to be Christian symbols), shuddering visions, and plenty of travel between real and magical worlds. A treat for the savvy initiate, and intriguing for Arthurian buffs, but others may find it too cloudy by half. Go with the flow, though: The prose is as smooth as those sacred stones on which so many interesting things take place. Bradley also includes helpful lists of people and places and a map. (Kirkus Reviews)