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The Mists of Avalon

By Marion Zimmer Bradley
Reissue Edition (1982)
Paperback, 876 pages
Del Rey
ISBN 0345350499

The Mists of Avalon is a vast novel (nearly 900 pages) that reinterprets the legend surrounding King Arthur and his court. The twist is that it is told from a woman's perspective - Morgaine (who was inspired by the Arthurian figure Morgan le Fay), priestess of Avalon, is the primary protagonist in this convoluted and compelling tale.

While some Arthurian purists may disdain this approach of using a female point of view to narrate a subject that is so manifestly about male posturing and power-mongering, Marion Zimmer Bradley's handling of this issue to be both refreshing and innovative. The author certainly has done her research, and this is everywhere evident in the details of the novel.

While it would be difficult to summarize the book in a brief review, it is worth mentioning that one of the themes of this novel - the battle of the old pagan religion versus the new faith of Christianity - is an intriguing and thought provoking element of this fascinating depiction of Arthurian legend in the Dark Ages.

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In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen. Now in truth I have come to be wise-woman, and a time may come when these things may need to be known.

The Mists of Avalon

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