The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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There were parts I thought too long and ones I didn't think long enough but it was a great read and a different way of looking at the old story.
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In Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterpiece, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot's court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king's rise and schemed for his fall. From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, we follow these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the great Arthurian epic unfolds stunningly before us. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur's kingdom, as the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory, until the fissure between old and new worlds' and old and new religions' claims its most famous victim.
 

About Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Marion Zimmer Bradley is among the most famous, highly respected and best-selling fantasy authors in our genre. The Avalon books and the Darkover novels are considered by many to be her finest achievements. Deborah Ross is a professional writer and a protégé and long-time friend of Bradley.
 
Published July 15, 2001 by Ballantine Books. 912 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction
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Pajiba

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Reviewed by DragonDreamsJen on Nov 09 2012

The Mists of Avalon should be on the Bucket List of every fantasy enthusiast. If you haven't read it in a few years, make time...to pull it out and fall in love with reading all over again.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Madison Vain on Jul 25 2014

It’s lush and it’s compelling, and I started underlining phrases and paragraphs as early as the prologue.

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Geek Speak

Good
Reviewed by Sara Paige on Jan 30 2013

If you haven’t read it, get thee to a library or a bookstore and get this book. If my middle-school self could read it over five times, you no longer have an excuse.

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Rambles

Good
Reviewed by Beth Derochea on Mar 02 2015

Despite the love/hate reactions surrounding the book and the massive length (876 pages), it is worth reading. Some may enjoy picking it apart, but this is a work of fiction and does not pretend to be anything but a story.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by avalancheLily on Jan 28 2014

This is a bittersweet story about conflict and duality, and finding balance between them all: male versus female, paganism versus Christianity, love versus duty, even between different kinds of love. But although politics and wars, affairs and marriages, birth and death pass one after the other, the mists of Avalon remain beautiful just the same.

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Chrisbookarama

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Reviewed by Chris on Aug 17 2007

There were parts I thought too long and ones I didn't think long enough but it was a great read and a different way of looking at the old story.

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Speculative Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Cara on Jun 13 2010

My one criticism is that The Mists of Avalon is over long and has a tendency to ramble in places...Despite this, I will continue to re-read The Mists of Avalon periodically because of the sympathetic depiction of Morgaine, a woman who wants to preserve her traditions and her religion but oversees their demise.

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http://pankmagazine.com

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Reviewed by Dawn D’Aries on Jun 03 2014

...it is a book I revisit in snippets and sections, depending on my mood. Passages snatched here and there, like Lancelot and Gwenhywfar’s moments together. A section that begins “Summer on the hills, the orchard in the queen’s garden covered with pink and white blossoms,” is a chapter, for instance, that embodies all that makes Mists enticing...

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My Two Blessings

Good
Reviewed by Robin McCormack on Feb 24 2010

Throw in the war with the Saxons, the search for the Holy Grail, and the fight with the church, christian beliefs vs the Mother Goddess and you have one heck of a story. The Mist of Avalon is a very interesting retelling of the Arthurian Legend and well worth the read.

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http://www.challengingdestiny.com

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Reviewed by James Schellenberg on Oct 28 2001

The Mists of Avalon is a lengthy book, and the sheer weight of page after page has the effect of magnifying the flaws.

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