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Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    A Lovely Homage...

    While reading this, the first and foremost advice I have is to keep in mind that while this IS Marion Zimmer Bradley's series and her ideas, this was NOT written by her. So if you notice differences from this and previous novels of the Avalon series, that is to be expected.

    With all that being said, I believe Diana L. Paxson did a beautiful job establishing a ground for the novels that followed in the series. The tie-in with The Mists of Avalon is exquisite- how Micail and Tiriki are the earler incarnations of Uther and Igraine.

    This was well-written and moved at a good pace (where as I felt Lady of Avalon and The Lake House dragged intolerably at times). At times, I found it so heartbreakingly tragic as two lovers yearn for each other and believe the other has died when, in reality, they are actually so close.

    Unlike most in the series, Ancestors of Avalon had a somewhat happy ending. Which was a pleasant surprise as one starts to believe that the worst is bound to happen and everything and everyone will fall apart (sort of like all the other novels).

    All in all, I liked it and give props to Diana L. Paxson for an exciting, thoughtful and well written homage to Marion Zimmer Bradley and her wonderful ideas.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Fabulous fantasy

    Temple of the Light Guardian Tiriki and her husband Prince-Priest Micail know between the dreams and the violent tremors that the mountain is awakening with already three devastating tremors in two days. Although they would prefer to remain in each other¿s arms, each has duties and responsibilities. Micail must provide leadership to the frightened inhabitants while Tiriki perform the ritual to reinforce balance at the Omphalos Stone.................................. However, in spite of their heroic efforts and those of others like Aldel the Acolyte who sacrificed her life to save the Omphalos Stone, the end has arrived for the islanders of Atlantis. It is time to sail away by from Atlantis where many die and a rich heritage is almost certainly buried beneath the sea. Tiriki and Micail are separated probably forever......................... While most mourn the loss of their culture and the adaptation that will needed when the survivors reach the Isle of the Mighty, some see opportunity not loss. Acolyte Damisa feels the new world gives her a choice of following the path of a priestess to a religion she no longer believes in based on the recent cataclysm or a power grab to become Queen. Only Tiriki could potentially stand in her way................................... ANCESTORS OF AVALON may be the best of the Avalon tales. The story line stands alone due to the strength of the characterizations especially the two surviving female rivals, yet also interconnects the myriad of plots from the previously published books that actually occur after the events of this saga. Series fans will see the tree trunk that leads to the numerous branches. In Darkover-Avalon heaven there is surely a smiling female author pleased with the results..................................... Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Breathtakingly Magical

    Yes, it may not be Marion Zimmer Bradley. However, no one is more perfect for taking her pen then Diana Paxson. From beginning to end, it was simply breathtakingly magical. Bradley's spirit definately shines through Paxson.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2005

    Hard Time

    I had a hard time getting into this one which surprised me because I love the whole Avalon series of books. I have not picked it up in about a year. I would say if you love Atlantis and Avalon related stories go for it but other then that it might not be great for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    This is a great book!

    This is a wonderful book, but I really suggest that you read the Fall of Atlantis first, it explains a LOT of things I think... It makes more sense... this is great, as are all of Marrion Zimmer Bradley's books. ^_^

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