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The Mists of Avalon

Bradley, Marion Zimmer (Book - 2000)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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When Morgan le Fay (Morgaine) has to sacrifice her virginity during fertility rites, the man who impregnates her is her younger brother Arthur, whom she turns against when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.
Authors: Bradley, Marion Zimmer
Title: The mists of Avalon
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Random House Pub. Group, 2000
Characteristics: xi, 876 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Marion Zimmer Bradley
Notes: Includes A Reader's guide
Originally published: [New York] : A.A. Knopf, 1982
Summary: When Morgan le Fay (Morgaine) has to sacrifice her virginity during fertility rites, the man who impregnates her is her younger brother Arthur, whom she turns against when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.
ISBN: 9780345350497
0345441184
9780345441188
Branch Call Number: FICTION BRADLEY 2000
Study Program: Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 6.7 73
Subject Headings: Great Britain History Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066 Fiction Britons Kings and rulers Fiction Arthurian romances Adaptations Arthur, King Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Britons
Arthurian romances
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This classic fantasy novel retells the King Arthur legends from the perspective of Morgan le Fay, and is full of intrigue and scheming, much like the Song of Ice and Fire.

There's two sides to every story and this modern classic tells the Arthurian legend from the point of view of the sorceress Morgana.

Morgan le Fay (Morgaine) turns against Arthur when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.

A massive, exquisitely crafted recreation of the Arthurian legend as seen through the eyes of Morgaine and Viviane, King Arthur's sister and aunt, respectively, and Arthur's wife, Guinevere.

A retelling of the Arthurian saga from the perspective of women, the story focuses on the clash between pagan and Christian worlds,


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The classic tale of Camelot and Arthur as told from a feminist perspective. Bradley weaves the story around the lives of Morgan le Faye and all the powerful Ladies of the Lake.

Feb 11, 2014
  • JCLAmandaH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The magic of Arthurian legend, Celtic mythology, and pagan spirituality with a feminist slant. Required reading for all teen girls, right? It will change the way you look at these characters and the perspectives of historical interpretation.

Sep 29, 2013
  • grammy2oo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books on the Arthurian legend. All of her books are exceptional.

Sep 28, 2013
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was my first exposure to Arthurian legend--I read it at age 12 and had never so much as seen the Disney cartoon. It was a book I read over and over again for years, and I've never been able to stomach any version of the story that paints Gwenhwyfar as a heroine!

Jan 07, 2013
  • Merlin88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best Arthurian tale I've ever read.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's a bit strange to view Morgan Le Fay as the protagonist and Gwenhwyfar as an antagonist, but the author accomplishes this wonderfully by framing their conflict in terms of the Old Religion of Avalon versus the new order of Christianity. The story is engrossing and epic and portrays how little control women had over their lives in that time. The book is crazy long, but definitely worth reading.

Jul 25, 2011
  • allonsy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even though this is a fictional novel, I can feel the truth of the book's message in my soul. I have enjoyed Arthurian stories for many years but this was the first time I read the legend from the perspective of the women. It was eye-opening and I loved it. There is a timeless frustration of being a woman and feeling like you don't control your own life but instead are a mere pawn in a male dominated society. And I liked the way the author explored how the terms "good" and "evil" are subjective. This was one of the best books I've ever read; everyone should read this.

I have read this book every year since gr 9 and Im now 37. I have been through 3 copies of my own thats how many times I have reread it. Bradleys writing makes you believe this story could have actually happened this way. She is imaginative and takes you away to another world. Great book, grat story from a womans perspective.

Feb 06, 2011
  • oldman74 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is both a creative and insightful story about the myth of excalibur, and focuses on arthur's half-sister, morgan le fay, and on his mother.

bradley does an excellent job working up the psychological profiles of her characters, particularly morgan le fay, and takes the book in a terrific spiritual direction.

for anyone interested in pagan religions this is a great read, although the book runs a bit long at a thousand pages.

Feb 06, 2011
  • rain_blood_tears_ink rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absoloutly beautiful book by an accoplished pegan auther. It's 876 pages of pure beauty.

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Sep 28, 2013
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Morgan le Fay turns against her younger brother Arthur when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.

The tale of King Arthur and Camelot as experienced by the women central to it; Gwenhwyfar, Igraine, Viviane and Morgan.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"But we shall all rise again," said Morgaine, very low, "and again and again and again. We do not come once and go to Heaven or their Hell, but live again and again until we are even as the Gods."

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