The Forest House (Avalon Series #2)
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The Forest House (Avalon Series #2)

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley
     
 

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The Forest House—prequel to The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s beloved and enduring classic—is a mesmerizing epic of one woman’s mythic role at a turning point in history.

In a Britain struggling to survive Roman invasion, Eilan is the daughter of a Druidic warleader, gifted with visions and marked by fate to become a priestess of

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The Forest House—prequel to The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s beloved and enduring classic—is a mesmerizing epic of one woman’s mythic role at a turning point in history.

In a Britain struggling to survive Roman invasion, Eilan is the daughter of a Druidic warleader, gifted with visions and marked by fate to become a priestess of the Forest House.

But fate also led Eilan to Gaius, a soldier of mixed blood, son of the Romans sent to subdue the native British. For Gaius, Eilan felt forbidden love, and her terrible secret will haunt her even as she is anointed as the new High Priestess. With mighty enemies poised to destroy the magic the Forest House shelters, Eilan must trust in the power of the great Goddess to lead her through the treacherous labyrinth of her destiny.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Compelling, powerful.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“A seamless weave of history and myth.”—Library Journal

“A magical evocation of a lost age.”—Starlog

Library Journal
The forbidden love of a druid priestess and a Roman soldier mirrors the clash of cultures in Roman Britain in the latest novel by the author of The Mists of Avalon (Ballantine, 1985). The novel evokes an age when three major religions maintained an uneasy coexistence on the island of Britain. Eilan, a daughter of goddess-worshiping druids, and Gaius Marcellius, a half-British Roman, live for the coming of a legendary future king to unite the warring islanders. Bradley envisions the "old religion'' as a refreshing blend of classic and revisionist concepts, adding a distinct flavor to her seamless weave of history and myth. Most libraries will want this for their fantasy collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/93.
School Library Journal
YA-The setting of this historical/fantasy novel is Roman Briton. Eilan, a Druid girl who has been raised in the cult of the Goddess with the priestesses wielding the power, has fallen in love with a young Roman named Gaius. He is a half-Briton whose mother was of the Druid tribes and whose father is a powerful officer in the Roman legions. The clash between these two cultures and the eventual hope of unification through Eilan and Gaius's son is one of the book's many story lines. Bradley does a masterful job of creating the flavor of the period and the two diverse cultures, as well as strong female characters. With its elements of love story, intense emotions, and mysticism, Forest House will appeal to YAs.-Susan B. McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451454249
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
Avalon Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
195,057
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"With the sure touch of one at ease in sketching out mystic travels..., Bradley writes with an unhurried pace and uncluttered staging." —-Kirkus Starred Review

Meet the Author

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, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, 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, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends — Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others — entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess 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 Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 30, 1930
Date of Death:
September 25, 1999
Place of Birth:
Albany, New York
Place of Death:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Hardin-Simmons College, 1964; additional study at University of California, Berkeley, 1965-1967

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The Forest House: Avalon Series, Book 2 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Oneira More than 1 year ago
This book is about the society of preistesses before Avalon, called The Forest House. It is an amazing story that is tied in with The Mists of Avalon in a very subtle way (That is, until the very end or also in the beginning of Lady of Avalon). The characters stay with you just as much (if not more) than the characters of The Mists of Avalon, hundreds of years away (about 400 I think). However, like The Mists of Avalon, there is an end to old traditions and the beginning of new ones. There is also a common theme of clashing religious traditions, this time being that of Pagan Britain ways and Pagan Roman ways (Christianity plays very, very little in this book). Even though there are some common themes it is still a very different book from The Mists of Avalon and I would reccommend it to anyone, not just fans of the Avalon series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was written quite well and the characters were truly intriguing. It would be nice if all authors had her ability. Ther world would be a better place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I picked up this book I could not put it down. Marion Zimmer Bradley does a beautiful job at creating a love story in the midst of a time of warring cultures. She has strongly devoloped characters that made me feel their emotions and writing was so descriptive and real I felt like I was watching the scenes right in front of me. This book was one of the best I've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read out of the Avalon trilogy and it gave me a fresh perspective about early Britain and pre-Christianity religion. It is an extremely insightful book when you read between the lines!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so captivated by the Mists of Avalon, I went to the bookstore the moment I finished it hoping to find more of her Bradley's words. It was there I found there were three others in the series, and after much debating with the clerk, found the Forest House to be the first of three prequals (the second being the Lady of Avalon and the third being the Priestess of Avalon). The Roman names were at first difficult to manage but the nifty key in the beginning made me less cautious. It took me about 50 pages or so to get into the rythym, as I remember happening with the Mists of Avalon, but after that, I was hooked. The details paint the picture in my mind, without dragging on, and the sudden compression of timely and astounding events into a paragraph or two always catches me off guard and leaves me stuttering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Marion Zimmer Bradley and her books. This book was slow at first but got better.
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Incredibly wonderful and inspiring
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Excellent book for any history buffs out there. Yes, its a novel but it also shows some history of the Romans. I enjoy her books.
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I've read and reread Mists of Avalon and love these books about pre-arthurian england.
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