Lady of Avalon (Avalon Series #3)

Lady of Avalon (Avalon Series #3)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley


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Journey to a time before King Arthur in this prequel to The Mists of Avalon—a spellbinding story of three remarkable women who alter the fortunes of Roman Britain as they fight to reclaim the magic and traditions of a once glorious past.
Caillean, the young priestess fated to become Lady of Avalon, who rescues and raises the orphaned Gawen—heir to a mystic and dangerous royal line...Dierna, who must use all her strength, wisdom, and love to guide Avalon through treacherous political waters and veil the island from a hostile world...Viviane, Lady of the Lake and keeper of the Grail, destined for true greatness as she prepares Avalon for the coming of a legendary king...

Bestselling author Marion Zimmer Bradley brings the mesmerizing world of myth and magic, romance and history, brilliantly to life in this novel of epic grandeur worthy of fantasy’s finest storyteller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451456526
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1998
Series: Avalon Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 251,320
Product dimensions: 5.99(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley was the New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy author of the Avalon series, the Darkover series, and more. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine. She died in 1999 and was posthumously awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000.

Date of Birth:

June 30, 1930

Date of Death:

September 25, 1999

Place of Birth:

Albany, New York

Place of Death:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Hardin-Simmons College, 1964; additional study at University of California, Berkeley, 1965-1967

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"Bradley here combines romance, rich historical detail, magical dazzlements, grand adventure and feminist sentiments into the kind of novel her fans have been yearning for." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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Lady of Avalon (Avalon Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
PeanutJim More than 1 year ago
Though I love the stories set in Avalon, this particular volume did not hold my interest as well as The Mists of Avalon had done. It seems choppy, almost rushed. Nevertheless, Marion Zimmer Bradley's writing style is always engaging.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story was absolutely fantastic but- the three seperate stories are too abrupt. Although it gives a nice political view, it is almost hard to jump in a new story without getting confused. Good job, but not great job. It links the 'Forest House' to the 'Mist of Avalon' superbly though.
JLGadziala More than 1 year ago
Following where The Forest House left off, Caillean flees with the young Gawen and establishes a life on the isle of Avalon. After that story comes to its end we follow Dierna and her young priestess Teleri. Then in the third part of the book, we get to watch the young Viviane (from the incredible Mists of Avalon) grow and we finally get a bit of insight into how she became what she was. Perhaps the most slow-moving of the Avalon books I have read thus far... at times boring... at times leaving you feeling cheated out of the most interesting facts. Somewhat like The Forest House, too much emphasis was on the battle and not enough on Avalon and the priestesses. The highlight of the book was, of course, the part about Viviane because she was such a mysterious character in The Mists of Avalon (at times terrible, at times intriguing) but, again, I felt cheated out of knowing more about her as this was a very short section of the book. For a lover of Marion Zimmer Bradley and her twist on the Arthurian legends... a must read of course. But I suggest not reading the books in chronological order lest you feel disappointed before you even reach the masterpiece that is The Mists of Avalon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been so captivated by any author as I was by M,Z,B.'s Avolon trilogy.I fell in love w\ Eilan and w/ Cailleen @ once.For the truth behind the throne of King Arthur,these 3 books are a must read.Sarting w/ 'the Forest House' ending w/ the 'Mists of- Avalon'.
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ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, not great. Not as much feeling or romance as mists.
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite enjoyable but not to be compared with 'Mists' or 'Atlantis'
bookcrazed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A prequel to Mists of Avalon, this book is of interest to MBZ fans and those hungry for more Mists, but definitely not in the same class of writing and storytelling.
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I sit in my masion
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