The Mists of Avalon

The Mists of Avalon

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The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legends as told from the perspective of Morgraine, and features mainly the other women in the stories: Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and Igraine.

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  • Sharon Elliott
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I absolutely love this take on the story of King Arthur. It feels like a whole new story when told from the women's perspectives in The Mists of Avalon. I read this book when it was first released in the 80s and really sparked my love for fantasy novels."
  • Amanda Bryant
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I didn't care for this book. I thought it was confusing and had a bad plot. Too many things were going on. I wouldn't reccomend this book."
  • Anthony Woods
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Morgaine is the main protagonist. And unlike in most retellings, she’s not an evil sorceress. Instead, she’s an initiate of Avalon, a mythical island that’s home to a sect of Goddess worshippers trying to stave off Christianity’s growing influence over Britain. Bradley includes the familiar love triangle between Arthur, Gwenhwyfar, and Lancelet (a.k.a. Lancelot), but the contest of religions is the core struggle in The Mists of Avalon. Viviane, Lady of Avalon when the story begins, places Arthur on the throne so that he may serve his Christian and non-Christian subjects alike. But Gwenhwyfar convinces him to become ever more Christian, and Viviane and Morgaine consider this conversion a betrayal of the oaths he swore to win the crown. In the years that follow, Avalon sets itself against Camelot and grows intolerant in kind"
  • Frances Adams
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Great book! There aren't many sci-fi/fantasy books with a strong female main character, but this is definitely a great one."
  • Samantha Simpson
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This novel is fantastic, i read it during my last winter vacation and i had a very good time with it. The story on it is amazing, and it develops you imagination, and makes you feel interested in every page that you read. "
  • Jesse Hughes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The story of King Arthur from a new perspective. This book is told from the perspective of women behind the throne. A magical tale full of science fiction themes."
  • Ananya Chopra
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I love to read fantasy books from the 20th century. My favorite one right now is The Mists of Avalon. It's a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It's a retelling, from the perspective of Morgraine, of the Arthurian legends. This book just makes me so giddy! I love how well it's written and I love the retelling. It's amazing!"
  • Paul Gomez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great book that takes a well known tale and flips it to be seen from a new perspective. In this book you go through the same sword in the stone, King Arthur legend, but this time you see it from Morgraine's perspective. This gives the entire story a completely different feel. This is a wonderfully written book that really shows you things in a different light."
    Lisa Xie
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Great fantasy read. I really enjoyed the setting and characters. If you like King Arthur style fantasy, these are great books. The books have been part of my life for a while, I recommend them to everyone looking for a great classic."
    William Chapman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "My friend loves this book and told me that it's a must read. To be honest, I hated it. I like reading legends and myths, but this book just didn't strike me as interesting at all."
  • Amanda Ryan
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Mists of Avalon features a lot of strong women characters. It is a very compelling and thought provoking book. However, after I learned that the author was notoriously abusive to her daughter, I will not be buying any more of her novels."
  • Amanda Carter
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Even though I know the story about King Arthur, I found this book made me think about it from a more philosophical perspective. It was interesting to think about this well known tale from the perspective of the women in King Arthur's life. I found this an interestingly different perspective and very enjoyable."
  • Gloria Gallegos
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love science fiction and this superb book about the Pagans does not disappoint. It has some truths but also a lot of non truths concerning women. Very compelling and hard to put down. There is some graphic violence and sex scenes that small children shouldn't read, but everyone should read this at least once for how it tells the importance of women during medieval times. Marion Zimmer Bradley is a wonderful author. "
  • Isabel Castellanos
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "the best novel with female characters. all the females this is for you. i love it"
  • John Carter
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Now, this is my type of book. I love reading while smoking cannabis, right before taking some LSD and waiting for it to kick in. "
  • Rosa María Gallegos
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The female point of view is what The Mists of Avalon is all about. Arthur's brilliant tale is told from the views of the women in his life. The women who guided his world whether for good or evil. Morgraine or Morgan spills the beans here with help from Gwen and Arthur's other female acquaintances."
  • Brian Shaw
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "ive actualyl read this, many years back now. it was a really good retelling of King Arthur's tale"

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