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What the community says about The Mists of Avalon
- "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"
- "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!"
- "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.""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."
- "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."
- "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. "
- "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."