The Mists of Avalon (Avalon Series #1)

The Mists of Avalon (Avalon Series #1)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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The Mists of Avalon (Avalon Series #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394524061
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/12/1982
Series: Avalon Series , #1
Pages: 876

About the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley began her distinguished book publishing career in 1961 with her first novel, The Door Through Space. The following year she wrote the first book in her hugely popular Darkover series, Sword of Aldones, which soon became a Hugo Award nominee. Bradley's novel The Forbidden Tower was also nominated for a Hugo, and The Heritage of Hastur was nominated for an esteemed Nebula Award.

The Mists of Avalon was the single most successful novel of Bradley's career. It won the 1984 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and has been among the top five trade paperback books on Locus's bestseller list for years.

Ms. Bradley died in 1999.

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 Mists of Avalon (Avalon Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 514 reviews.
Anthrogrl More than 1 year ago
Marion Zimmer Bradley gives a refreshing and poignant retelling of the King Arthur legend...from Morgaine's perspective. Traditionally portrayed as an evil seductress, Bradley has Morgaine as the narrator of the story, and offers insight into the characters' motivations, feelings and reasons for their actions. Each character ultimately affects the final outcome of King Arthur's rule. What I enjoyed most about this novel was how the author places Arthur in a more historical setting (c. late 6th century A.D.). Bradley's portrayals of Morgaine, Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and Merlin bring a more human aspect to these famous persons. Bradley also does an amazing job of discussing the religious and political conflicts during Arthur's reign, specifically between the followers of the Goddess and the emerging Chrisitian religion. If you enjoy romance, historical fiction, epic stories, or just a good read, Bradley's 'The Mists of Avalon' won't disappoint you.
venysnizel More than 1 year ago
I was 14 when I plucked a dusty copy of The Mists of Avalon off a shelf in my grandfather's basement. My life was never the same. I had always loved myths and legends, and was fond of the King Arthur tales I read as a little girl. But it was this book that revealed to me my true path in life. I fell completely in love with Morgen Le Fay and was captivated by the perspective it took on Arthurian lore. This book truly showed me my true course in life, and I am now preparing to begin my PhD in Medieval Studies. I used this book heavily in my master's thesis, and was surprised to find that although I was reading it for the 3rd time, it still incited great feelings of emotion in me, feelings of anguish, passion, repulsion, and love. You truly fall in love and connect with Bradley's characters, who seem to come to life before you. She is a brilliant author and this book is an eye-opener and a feast for the senses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the BEST book I read this year!!! It touched every emotion. It was historical, magical, mystical and absolutely wonderful. A must read. Many thanks to the author, Mary Zimmer Bradley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and I can't get it out of my head, I have never read a book as good as this one and I keep trying to find one as good. Zimmer Knows how to get the feelings of everyone in the book into your heart and the detail is amazing. If you have not read this book it is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this a few years ago when a friend recomended it to me. I hadn't read any fantasy novels but I love historical fiction and mythology so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's one of the best stories I've read. That said, I come from a very religious family so I should say that Christians should avoid this book It's is a very anti-christian book and has some sexual content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book as part of my English class in college. However, it became so much more than just a class project to me. A lot of people found the novel too long--or not to their Christian taste--but it captivated me like no other novel before it. The story of Morgaine and the dying paganism is heart-wrenching and beautiful. I've thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm a guy too. This goes to show that despite the book's very feminine tone, it can still be enjoyed by men. I'm so glad I bought this ebook version. Now I can carry the book with me always and it won't be so heavy and bulky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a very in depth story that draws you in, and keeps you reading it until the end. A must read especially if you are pagan. It will make you cheer, cry, and laugh along with the chacters through their triumphs and failures. She had rewritten the Legends and given them new shade and color, telling the story through the women involved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read without a shadow of a doubt. It gives so much more perspective and outlook on (all) religion regardless of what you are. It is realistically set and beautifully told. I read this day and night-to the point where I barely slept. It is best read when you read the Avalon trilogy in chronological order, though. It sets a whole new light on early Britain around 450-500 A. D. This is one of the classics, and will always be a book on my shelf no matter how long I live.
JawsII More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the 8th grade. It was the longest novel I had ever taken on and I couldn't put it down. I am way older now, and to this day, this is the number one book on my list to recommend to anyone. I absolutely loved it then and still do now! Wonderful storytelling! I love the classic tale of King Arthur, and I love the telling of the story from a women's POV!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave up after 300 pages. I kept telling myself, "It has to get better." No, it doesn't. From the author's Forward, the religion of pre-Roman Britain was scrupulously researched with interviews with self-styled current practitioners. Great, but deer blood smeared on nipples is not erotic. It's revolting and barbaric. There are loads of this kind of drivel. Then there are endless pages whining about how the character needs to fulfill the desires of the Mother Goddess. Boring! Yes, we all know the basic Arthurian tune, but there are far better riffs out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this version for a friend.........I still have my original that I've read at least 6 times by now. The well researched book offers a whole different realm of possibilities for that time of our history.
Harper Wilamoski More than 1 year ago
To the person who asked about the downloads, i had no problem with it. It didn't seem to take up more space than any other book, either. Go for it! Great book, everyone should read it.
BookWitch More than 1 year ago
I love all of the Avalon books by Bradley, but none of them seemed to touch the rare beauty that's found within these pages. The women are strong, beautiful, and individual. One of my favorite books of all time.
JenniferJamesB More than 1 year ago
I've read The Mists of Avalon a number of times since being introduced to it for a college literature class. It is deeply engrossing and wonderful enough to warrant subsequent reads. It is likely that you'll be glad you chose to invest time in this book and its characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! When reading it, you get this feeling that for the first time you are hearing the true story behind the legend of Camelot. In the book, the Lady of the Lake is able to part the mists between Avalon and our world. This book does the same thing to the reader, IT IS the Lady of the Lake, able to take you beyond the Mysts into the hidden realms of Avalon...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The intersection of history, mythology, religion, politics, love and betrayal. Fantastic read.
Brooke Cookson More than 1 year ago
Lil slow to start.. but amazing worth buying. Something i actually wouldnt mind reading again either
Anton More than 1 year ago
I think this book would be interesting to many King Arthur's investigators :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Empowered women are fine, but this book celebrates them at the expense of one of the most compelling myths around. The blend of myth and magic is destroyed by the political correctness of this yarn, which has all the power brokers of the Arthurian world as women. What a dissappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 20 year old college student who adores this book beyond all others. The first time I read it(4 years ago) I almost hated it because of its religious tension. Fortunately, I kept reading and finally figured out the Christianity/Druid relationship. The book's extreme views on religion made me realize how fanatical people are even today. On a less serious note, this book is amazing. This story is so beautifully written and has so much intimate information on each of the characters that it is impossible to read other King Arthur stories without feeling dissappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a Sophomore in high school and it has always bern a favorite. There are so many versions of the Arthurian tale but of all of them I believe this is the best. Marion Zimmer Bradley has the magical talent of drawing you into her characters. I felt like I was Morgaine. I also highly recommend The Firebrand. The story of the fall of Troy told through the princess/priestess Kassandra's viewpoint. Happy reading to all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! This book got me hooked on the Avalon series and Marion Zimmer Bradley is my all time fave author. I first read this book 10 years ago it never gets old to me. I usually read it once a year.
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