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Ancestors of Avalon, another installment in the saga begun by Marion Zimmer Bradley's Arthurian classic The Mists of Avalon, chronicles the heroic plight of a small group of priests and priestesses -- ancestors whose spirits will, generations later, be reincarnated as focal characters in the Avalon sequence (The Mists of Avalon, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, et al.) -- who are forced to flee the destruction of their beloved sea kingdom, Atlantis, and take refuge in the British Isles.
Like other novels in the Avalon saga, the story revolves around a handful of deeply spiritual and highly intelligent women. Tiriki is a Guardian in the Temple of Light who is married to Micail, an admired prince and dedicated priest. But as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions destroy Atlantis, Tiriki and her husband are separated in the chaotic exodus. On a ship full of anxious Atlanteans headed for a strange land; Tiriki despairs over the loss of her soul mate and -- most likely -- her country's long and storied heritage…
Since Bradley's tragic death in 1999, Diana L. Paxson has done a commendable job of continuing this beloved Celtic saga. Set in a rugged Neolithic wilderness practically oozing supernatural energy and filled with cultural and religious conflict, this imaginative novel goes far in intermeshing the diverse story lines of all five novels in the Avalon sequence as well as Web of Darkness, a relatively obscure Bradley novel about the fall of Atlantis written in the early 1950s and not published until the 1980s. Paul Goat Allen