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Merlin. Morgana. Nimue. King Arthur. Yes, of course I loved it. Book focuses on Morgana and and her time in the mystical world of Avalon. Other strong female characters like the dark and mystical Nimue are explored as well. Hits all the fantasy buttons for me with magic and a heavy dose of Druidism. One of my all time favorites. Totally agree with another reviewer that if you like this book you should read Mary Stewart’s Crystal Cave trilogy.
I originally picked up this book because I enjoyed reading the Merlin trilogy by Mary Steward in high school. I wasn't sure how much I would like this book, but I ended up loving it. It's a really fascinating take on the Arthurian Legend and I also loved the complicated characters. It's a long book, but the pages flew by for me.
I could not put this book down. I was so captivated by the world created in the stories. The familiar stories of King Arthur and his knights are rewoven through eyes of the women who guided them: Priestesses, Faeries, Great Queens, and Sorceresses. Oh my! A must read for any fantasy fiction enthusiast! :D
I have never been one to like the Arthurian legends. They just never interested me. Then I read "Mists of Avalon". I loved how Bradley wrote the story from the perspective of the female characters. I liked the conflict between the ancient pagan religions and the "new" Christian religion, and how it was presented. I loved ultimately how human the characters were, in the choices that they made.
The story of Camelot from the perspective of the female characters. I couldn't put it down!
I have read this story 3 times and loved it each time. It is a charming and seemingly well researched retelling of the Merlin & King Arthur story from a different perspective - that of the women in Arthur's life. The views and life and beliefs of Morgan le Fay are particularly intriguing. Bradley is an outstanding storyteller and she does not disappoint here.
I'm not a big fan of the King Arthur stories--or anything about the pagan druids-- as most of them are set during medieval Britain, rather than the historically correct Roman Britain. I did find The Mists of Avalon rather interesting when I read it in 2000, howbeit...too much on the pagan religion.
The classic tale of Camelot and Arthur as told from a feminist perspective. Bradley weaves the story around the lives of Morgan le Faye and all the powerful Ladies of the Lake.
The magic of Arthurian legend, Celtic mythology, and pagan spirituality with a feminist slant. Required reading for all teen girls, right? It will change the way you look at these characters and the perspectives of historical interpretation.
Interesting as a counter part to T. H. White's "The Once and Future King." I do not recommend the audio version (imagine Maggie Smith reading it), and I would have preferred a George R. R. Martin style of rotating through characters' stories to Bradley's "graduating" from characters and (almost) never returning to them, and nearly skipping over the story of other, traditionally influential characters . Of course I realize this is the first of a four-part book, and I may yet be surprised.
This was my first exposure to Arthurian legend--I read it at age 12 and had never so much as seen the Disney cartoon. It was a book I read over and over again for years, and I've never been able to stomach any version of the story that paints Gwenhwyfar as a heroine!
Even though this is a fictional novel, I can feel the truth of the book's message in my soul. I have enjoyed Arthurian stories for many years but this was the first time I read the legend from the perspective of the women. It was eye-opening and I loved it. There is a timeless frustration of being a woman and feeling like you don't control your own life but instead are a mere pawn in a male dominated society. And I liked the way the author explored how the terms "good" and "evil" are subjective. This was one of the best books I've ever read; everyone should read this.
I have read this book every year since gr 9 and Im now 37. I have been through 3 copies of my own thats how many times I have reread it. Bradleys writing makes you believe this story could have actually happened this way. She is imaginative and takes you away to another world. Great book, grat story from a womans perspective.
this is both a creative and insightful story about the myth of excalibur, and focuses on arthur's half-sister, morgan le fay, and on his mother.
bradley does an excellent job working up the psychological profiles of her characters, particularly morgan le fay, and takes the book in a terrific spiritual direction.
for anyone interested in pagan religions this is a great read, although the book runs a bit long at a thousand pages.
An absoloutly beautiful book by an accoplished pegan auther. It's 876 pages of pure beauty.
Awesome book, and very well written. Great author. I enjoyed it quite thoroughly.
This book has a cult following ... and no wonder! It's a fabulously complex story, unlike any other tale of King Arthur ever told. It's full of intricate twists and turns and is undeniably well written.
The Arthurian legends from a pagan, female perspective. I love this book and have read it many times.
horrible!!! the absolute worst book i ever attempted to read. that's right
Arthurian Legend, as old as the hills, is given new life in this epic story told from the perspective of the women of Camelot, rather than the men. It was at times both refreshing and shocking, and I was pleasantly surprised to see non-Christian beliefs painted in a frank, sympathetic light. I wish I hadn't waited so long to pick up this book. It has inspired me to read some of the more traditional Arthurian tales in order to compare them.
Not strictly a historical novel, but excellent writing and a fascinating slant on the whole Authurian legend.