Mists of Avalon

Mists of Avalon

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  • Hardback | 896 pages
  • 165.1 x 238.76 x 58.42mm | 1,292.73g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0718122704
  • 9780718122706

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This is the legend of Arthur retold from the women's perspective. Morgaine, while not a fairy, is a woman of power, whose contribution to the rise and fall of Arthur is far more complex, more personal, than tradition recalls. Guinevere is a committed Christian, whose insistence on abandoning the old religion also contributes to Arthur's fall. The roles of Lancelot and Merlin are also somewhat recast, with neither emerging as good or bad, but searingly human in their prides and fallibilities. There is definitely magic in this story, not the sort that can be conjured with a wand but that which requires study and passion and where curses harm the curser as much as the cursed. And there is love of such depth and majesty that other romantic figures pale beside it: love that continues beyond death, that crosses boundaries of gender and family; love of country, of God or the gods, companionable love for fellow human beings. The range and breadth of the concepts in this book make it truly great in any genre, but it is unarguably one of the best fantasy books ever written. (Kirkus UK)show more

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