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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (7 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140241930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140241938
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to VORTEX SCIENCE FICTION. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS for DAW Books.

Over the years she turned more to fantasy; THE HOUSE BETWEEN THE WORLDS was "fantasy undiluted." She wrote a best-selling novel of the women in the Arthurian legends--Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others--entitled MISTS OF AVALON, and she also wrote THE FIREBRAND, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, THE FOREST HOUSE and LADY OF AVALON are prequels to MISTS OF AVALON.

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Mark Greyland; her daughter, Moira Greyland; and her grandchildren.

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"The novel Marion Zimmer Bradley's fans have been yearning for." -- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

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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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is the second half of Forests of Avalon, as the events that take place in it have a lot to do with those in Forests. It has the usual rich atmosphere that Marion Zimmer Bradley usually imprints her books with. A must for lovers of Arthurian legends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
Unlike "The Mist of Avolon" and "The Forest House", I'm having a hard time following this one. I'm typically not a science fiction reader, but I enjoyed "The Mist" so much that I wanted to read everything MZB has ever written. I agree with a previous reviewer who stated that it felt more like reading a series of short stories. The one redeming part? - setting up a link with the preists and allowing us to meet Father Joseph of Aramathia(sp?).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 May 2006
Format: Paperback
...but this was still a better read than I might have expected from some of the reviews. As other people have said, Mists of Avalon really is MZB's masterpiece and is completely unputdownable, but this was a good if uneven read. I loved the first story, got bored with the 2nd and then woke up again when Vivane came on the scene. I did read Forests of Avalon but remember finding it really dull and can't remember anything about it - a huge disappointment after discovering Mists. Having now read Lady I'm tempted to go back to it so give it another try. Also thanks to the list-writer who explained that The Fall of Atlantis is also linked to this series - I have it sitting on my bookshelf, unread, and never realised that that's where the story really starts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda on 26 July 2012
Format: Paperback
The Arthurian legends have captivated us for centuries, with tales told of Camelot and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table that have captured your heart and imagination. Authors such as Bernard Cornwell (with his Warlord series), current writer MK Hume and TH White have all created their own interpretations on the historical legends and myths, that is distinctly separate from Marion Z Bradley's work that is totally original. Distinctively unique the lady of Avalon follows on from a spellbinding historical fantasy series, with the forests of Avalon and the mists of Avalon completing the entire works. This compelling novel has to be one of the most realistic, authentic and compelling retelling of the Arthurian saga that I have ever read. She layers worlds over each other so that they are connected in such a way, that is so inspired and quite breathtaking; such as the holy isle of Avalon that is hidden in the mists between the world of the Faerie and the world of men.

Trying to save the Britons from Saxon invasions and Roman tyranny, Arthur is flung into the middle of epic battle scenes and conflict that is both thrilling and exciting to read. With Merlin close by in the company of the Druids the quest begins, with such fast-paced action as to leave you in suspense. Alongside the most fantastic storyline is such depth and detail as to make it all so real, so that the characters jump from the page springing to life before your very eyes. One can see how much research and time has gone into the planning and construction of this world and creation, with every little miniscule detail studied including place names and character names and extensive history.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Though I eagerly awaited this book, I was sorely disappointed! I was bored. I felt like I read the same story 3 times, and none of the characters had any verve. I agree with much of Ms. Olson's review; the stories lacked characterization, and I questioned much of their behavior. However, I DID find the ritual stuff interesting -- in fact, to my mind, that was the best part of the book. In sum, "Mists" was best, "Forest House" was okay, and "Lady" was the worst of the three. (Thank goodness, I read "Mists" first; otherwise, I would have missed the whole Darkover series, being unimpressed with MZB.)
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By A Customer on 23 Sept. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Okay..I'm sure that most people who read the summary gasped and said," How dare she! It was great!" (Well, some of them, anyways) ;)However, I didn't say that I DIDN'T like it..it's just that I was a bit..dissapointed.Let me just explain myself.First of all, I have to commend Marion Zimmer Bradley for giving the readers some background for what goes on in 'The Mists of Avalon' and continuing what happend in 'The Forest House'.Also, as far as I know, it also seems to be historically accurate. Finally, as some previous reviewers mentioned, it did a good job chroncling(sp?) the reverbratiions that Chirstianity had on it's follower's views towards the Celtic beliefs. You know, first, they weren't quite so fanatic and influential, and then slowly, it start changing the old ways.My only problem with this book is that all three parts were basically the same: the main character introduced, the main character falls in love with someone, and then either the main character or his/her love di
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
Lady of Avalon jerked me around too much with sudden breaks and leaps in time, not to mention emotional cliff-hangers, but connects Forest House(which was wonderful) to Mists of Avalon (also great) so it's worth the read. If you're a hopeless romantic like myself, be prepared for gut-wrenchers.
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