Priestess of Avalon Paperback – 1 Apr 2001
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‘A most original interpretation of Britain by way of Celtic religion and the Great Mother… a remarkable feat of imagination’
‘A pillar of the fantasy field, Bradley combines romance, rich historical detail, magical dazzlements, grand adventure and feminist sentiments into the kind of novel her fans have been yearning for’
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 and its sequel, The Forest House.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
For the first time in the Avalon series, life outside Britannia is explored, as Eilan becomes "Helena" and takes her place in Roman society alongside her husband, Constantius. The descriptions of faraway places are evocative and the reader is aided by a series of maps and translated place-names in the introduction to the book.
There were only two small issues which struck me initially; firstly that the book is written in the first person, while no others of the Avalon series are written this way, and secondly, that in a very early part of the book there are a couple of spelling and "continuity" errors. However, these are small things and will probably be ironed out in later editions.
I would highly recommend this book to Marion Zimmer Bradley fans, and congratulate Diane Paxson on her contribution to the work. I have read and re-read the other Avalon books until they were in tatters, and it seems I am destined to do the same with this one!!!
The major portion of this still deals with one of the main themes of Mists: the conflict between the burgeoning Christian religion and the older 'pagan' ones, both Roman and British. Helena herself finds a synthesis, that there is one 'Great Being', that humans, in their limitations, cannot fully see, and therefore worship many aspects of this being, all valid in their own way.
Helen is well drawn; it is easy to become emotionally attached to her hopes and fears. The rest of the characters are not as fully realized, but still far more than cardboard. The strident feminism that marks much of Bradley's later works is very quiet here, only appearing in short thoughts and asides. But I think that if the reader does not have at least a passing knowledge of this period in history, some of the thematic power of this story will be missed. Things like the Council of Nicaea are treated as an offstage happening, as are many other events. This lends a certain distancing effect upon the reader; Helena's world seems not quite connected to the world at large. Some more direct exposition of some of these events would have helped this novel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought several books in this series having enjoyed the first one so much. Sadly not as goodPublished 21 months ago by Mary Meredith
Bought this used and have read it. Great read. Shame about the colour of the book all the pages were yellow but coz I got it for myself I kept itPublished 22 months ago by D baker
I was so pleased to find a title by Marion Zimmer Bradley that I haven't yet read. And so it was a lovely surprise when the package arrived early and the book was in such great... Read morePublished on 31 May 2014 by Katharine
Excellent as always but not much about Avalon
but I do hate having to write a minimum amount of words for a review!