The Firebrand

The Firebrand

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The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Blending archaeological fact and legend, the myths of the gods and the feats of heroes, Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes new life into the classic tale of the Trojan War-reinventing larger-than-life figures as living people engaged in a desperate struggle that dooms both the victors and the vanquished, their fate seen through the eyes of Kassandra-priestess, princess, and passionate woman with the spirit of a warrior.

Author Biography: Marion Zimmer Bradley was the bestselling author of The Mists of Avalon, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, and (with Diana L. Paxson) Priestess of Avalon, as well as the immensely popular Darkover series and numerous other science fiction and fantasy works. She died in 1999.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671744069
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 08/30/1991
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.47(d)

About 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.

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 Firebrand 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a novel of exceptional quality that brought the myth to a whole new level. Kassandra is seen as the powerful woman she is rather than just a raving pricess prophecying doom to Troy.I couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! Marion Zimmer Bradley's Troy has really interesting characters and a captivating story. I particularly enjoyed it because, like Bradley's Avalon series, it is told from the perspective of a woman. Anyone who enjoys Greek Mythology or fantasy will definitely love this book.It's a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am never dissapointed with Marion Zimmer Bradley. I love the story of Troy and it is fasinating to read it from the perspective of the women. Her characters are strong, and well developed. Also, her story telling is magnificent and captivating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Four years ago, my college room mate lent me this book, because I love Greek Mythology. I absolutely loved it. Two years later, I was visiting this same room mate, and we decided to rent the mini-series Mists of Avalon. That Christmas, I saw the book (Mists of Avalon) in a bookstore and thought it would be a perfect gift for my mother. I read it when she was done, and decided I had to read MORE Zimmer Bradly. This past Xmas, I bought all of the Avalon books for my mother, and she's nearly done. She has a birthday coming up, so I'm back online, searching for more from this author, when I stumble on Firebrand... would you believe that I just NOW made the connection between the books?! They're all wonderful, and I'm definitely buying this one for my mother as well! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Words alone can not express how wonderful it is! I highly recommend it to any greek mythology lover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Part of the power of the Avalon books the the change of the point of view. This book presents the Trojan War in a whole new light in the same way. Recommend highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed book could not put it down. Could have given the book 5 stars except for the last chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A feminist retake on the Trojan myth that's fresh and well written and focuses on Cassandra, the tragic Trojan Princess.
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One of my absolute favorite books ever - Marion Zimmer Bradley brings the players of the Trojan War to life brilliantly. Most importantly she writes from Kassandra's point of view, creating an entirely new perspective of Kassandra that I had never seen before. I've read this book multiple times, and it never gets old!
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