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Ancestors of Avalon [Paperback]

Marion Zimmer Bradley , Diana L. Paxson
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4 July 2011

The full sweep of the rich history of Avalon – from the fall of Atlantis to the founding of a new temple on the mist-shrouded isle of Britain – is finally revealed in this magnificent tale.

The priests and priestesses of Atlantis have known for many years that the Sea Kingdoms were doomed. But now the final destruction has arrived they find themselves less prepared than they had thought for what lies ahead.

Micail and Tiriki, prince and princess of the last island to fall, as well as priest and priestess, are separated during the final escape. Micail and his cousin, Prince Tjalan, successfully arrive at their planned destination, a trading post in the Hesperides (the British Isles) where Tjalan loses no time in taking charge. He dreams of continuing the traditions of Atlantis and founding a glorious new empire – whether the local tribes like it or not. Micail and the other priests dedicate themselves to fulfilling an ancient prophesy that they will build a great temple in this new land – and set about finding a way to shift the huge blocks of granite that will become Stonehenge.

Micail's beloved wife Tiriki also arrives in the Hesperides, but, blown off-course by a storm, her ship lands on the wrong shore. She and the elderly priest Chedan lead their small group in forming a new community in harmony with the local population at the sacred Tor (Glastonbury). Once the two groups become aware of each other, conflict will become inevitable.

A deeply moving and utterly convincing tale of faith in the face of adversity, filled with memorable characters and haunting landscapes.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007138458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007138456
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Delightful … richly-detailed characterisation’ SFX

‘An absorbing read’ Starburst

Praise for the Avalon series:

‘A most original interpretation of the matter of Britian by way of Celtic religion and the Great Mother… a remarkable feat of imagination’
Mary Renault

‘I loved the book so much I went out and bought it for a friend, and have told many people about it. Why did no one ever think before to tell the story of King Arthur from the perspective of the women!’
Jean Auel

‘A pillar of the fantasy field, Bradley here combines romance, rich historical detail, magical dazzlements, grand adventure and feminist sentiments into the kind of novel her fans have been yearning for’ Publishers Weekly

‘The best retelling of the Arthurian saga I have ever read. Completely compelling’ Isaac Asimov

About the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley is the creator of the popular Darkover universe as well as the critically acclaimed author of the bestselling The Mists of Avalon, its sequel, The Forest House, and Priestess of Avalon with her long-time collaborator Diana L. Paxson. She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999.

Diana L. Paxson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1943, but moved to Los Angeles at the age of three and has been a Californian ever since. After attending Mills College in 1960, she received a masters degree in Comparative (Medieval) Literature from U.C. Berkeley. She married and became the mother of two children. In 1971 she began seriously writing. Her first short story was published in 1978 and her first novel in 1981.


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!! 28 Jun 2004
Format:Hardcover
I awaited this book with bated breath! And I was not at all disapointed, it follows the story of Tiriki and Micil, high priest and priestess of Atlantis. It tells of the fall ofatlantis and how the altlanteans came to Britan to found the Tor (featured in the other avalon books) and stone henge. It contains many of the things that all the other avalon books had, love,magicand the strength of mankind when faced against a tough moment. If you loved all of Marion's other avalon books, READ this. I promise you won't be dissapointed, it answers all of the questions you may have wondered during the other four books. This Marion and Diana L Paxson at their best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but 29 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I did enjoy this novel, though I would definitely recommend reading The Fall of Atlantis first, as then many of characters and events in this book will make much more sense. I have to be honest though; the first book by Marion Zimmer Bradley I read was The Mists of Avalon, and it may well have been a mistake as nothing of hers I've read since comes anywhere near the epic grandeur of that book. That's not to say her other works aren't good, they are fabulous - but The Mists of Avalon was just something else and has spoilt me for all her other books I'm afraid. So my advice is, read The Fall of Atlantis, and Ancestors of Avalon, and all her other works, and leave Mists till last.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could this really be our History? 11 Nov 2012
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I had read the other "Avalon" books quite a few years ago and really enjoyed them, then I found this, a prequel to the others that is written in the same format, as if you are really there with the characters. It describes the end of Atlantis and the survivors who find sanctuary on the British Isles, and their wish to create their Atlantean Society on this new land, there are two groups and it is interesting how differently they go about their task. At times I did find that I got lost with all the different characters, some of the names, though all unusual, are quite similar and I needed to refer to the cast list to see who was who. Nevertheless this is an enchanting read and I shall be reading all the others in this series again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 18 Mar 2014
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As usual really enjoyed this part of the Avalon story. You could really see how it fits into the other books.
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