Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon

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Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted millions of readers over the years and is sure to please Bradley's loyal readership and anyone who loves wonderfully told stories of history, myth, and fantasy.A boy raised in secret after traitors kill his parents will return to Avalon-and when he does, he'll be faced with a formidable task: to prove his worth as a son of the kings and ...
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Overview


Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted millions of readers over the years and is sure to please Bradley's loyal readership and anyone who loves wonderfully told stories of history, myth, and fantasy.A boy raised in secret after traitors kill his parents will return to Avalon-and when he does, he'll be faced with a formidable task: to prove his worth as a son of the kings and priestesses of his land and lead his followers to victory, wielding the newly forged sword Excalibur.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Anyone familiar with Arthurian lore knows of the magical sword given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake, but the origins of the sword itself have been a mystery until now. Paxon continues Marion Zimmer Bradley's beloved Arthurian saga in this sprawling epic that traces the provenance of the sword to the iron of a meteor—and the gods themselves. It's a detailed plot and a long listen, but Lorna Raver reads with the immediacy and intimacy of a fireside storyteller. She creates believable characters, juggles the diverse cast, adds pulsing momentum—all while staying ethereal enough to convey all the romance and magic of the legend. A Roc hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 12). (Dec.)
Library Journal
Long before Arthur united the Britons, the priestesses of the Isle of Avalon sought to preserve the line of kings descended from Atlantis. Continuing the series begun by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley with the now classic Mists of Avalon, her protégée has extended the series to tell the tale of Mikantor, a forerunner of King Arthur, and the creation of Excalibur. VERDICT Along with other titles in the series (The Forest House; Lady of Avalon; Priestess of Avalon; Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon; Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon), this will appeal to lovers of Arthurian and Celtic fantasy as well as fans of Bradley and Paxson.
Publishers Weekly
Anyone familiar with Arthurian lore knows of the magical sword given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake, but the origins of the sword itself have been a mystery until now. Paxon continues Marion Zimmer Bradley's beloved Arthurian saga in this sprawling epic that traces the provenance of the sword to the iron of a meteor—and the gods themselves. It's a detailed plot and a long listen, but Lorna Raver reads with the immediacy and intimacy of a fireside storyteller. She creates believable characters, juggles the diverse cast, adds pulsing momentum—all while staying ethereal enough to convey all the romance and magic of the legend. A Roc hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 12). (Dec.)
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"The intensity of [Raver's] narration rises and falls with the drama of the plot." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451463210
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 570,772
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Diana L. Paxson has spent more than a decade writing pseudonymously as Marion Zimmer Bradley or in collaboration with Bradley. She has authored twenty-six books, including The Golden Hills of Westria. Paxson is also a founder of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Lorna Raver has been named a Best Voice of the Year by AudioFile magazine and has been nominated for Audie Awards for her readings of Washington Square by Henry James, Nothing with Strings by Bailey White, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson. She has also received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. An accomplished stage actress, Lorna has also guest-starred in many top television series, and she stars in director Sam Raimi's film Drag Me to Hell.
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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    good read

    I have been reading the Avalon books for years. When I found Marion Zimmer Bradley's books at my hometown's library, I found books that I completely fell in love with. The mixing of history, love, magic, and the mother earth were perfect for the yearly years of finding fantasy novels as my heart. With Bradley death I despaired that the stories missing years would never be filled in, but what to my surprise, when I found that Paxson would fill her shoes and do it with grace. She has found a ground were, she respects what Bradley wrote without betraying her own genius. The latest book "Sword of Avalon" I had wait on for sometime. For, everyone has been at odds with what is Avalon's view of the sword, where did it come from, how was it made, how old is it, etc... Finally the story everyone needed to know has been told. I found it fair. There is some cliche parts to the book but all of avalon books have had that in their love stories. The forging of the sword was written beautifully, with the knowledge of metal being mixed with the magic and power of the Gods. Of course putting the making of a steel sword(with tidbits of the katana) in the bronze age, gave the sword its mystical quality in look for the uninitiated.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    The latest Avalon fantasy is a super prequel that will grip fans of the saga

    At the end of the Bronze Age on the Island of the Mighty off the western coast of Europe, traitors kill the royal rulers of Ai-Zir; burning to the ground the village of Azon. Fearing for her nephew the rightful ruler and believing in a vision that once the mists clear he will be king, pregnant Anderle the Lady of Avon flees with young Mikantor before he is assassinated. Although she regrets having to do so, she leaves him with others to raise. Anderle gives birth to Tirilan before returning to Avalon with sadness in her heart.

    After being sold into slavery. Mikantor eventually works for blacksmith bastard Prince Velantos whose father is the King of Tiryns on the Achaea Peninsula in the Middle Sea. Meanwhile back home in Avalon, while evil sorcerer Galid tries to take control of the kingdom with only Anderle opposing him, rumors abound that the rightful heir to the throne is returning so killers are sent forth to find and assassinate him without understanding the fulfilling prophecy they start. Tirilan, who loves Mikantor, assumes he is dead in spite of her mom's belief so she becomes a celibate priestess.

    The latest Avalon fantasy is a super prequel that will grip fans of the saga and should lead newcomers to seek the backlist. The story line is fast-paced throughout while the cast is as strong as Excalibur. This is a winner as Diana L. Paxson provides a strong tale that will surely leave the late great Marion Zimmer Bradley smiling with joy with this entry in her beloved saga.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    Great addition to a very good serries.

    This is a very good prequil to Marion's original book, 'The Mists of Avalon.' Diane done justice to the serries yet again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Great Read

    Well written as a plausible explanation for the birth of Arthur's sword of destiny. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon series.

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