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The Forest House

By Marion Zimmer Bradley
Reissue Edition (April 1995)
Paperback, 416 pages
New American Library Trade
ISBN 0451454243

Writer Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterful storytelling, understanding of the culture and religion of early Britain, and ability to create memorable characters is showcased in her brilliant novel The Mists of Avalon. And in The Forest House, she has continued the process of portraying her unique vision of Arthurian legend by creating a world where Roman might clashes with the native (Celtic) traditions of Britain.

This book may be understood best as a sort of "prequel", which sets the stage for the events that will take place later during King Arthur's reign. However, it is important to note that the books can be read in reverse order (in other words, The Mists of Avalon first, then The Forest House) without any fear of losing the thread of the story.

Both fictional and historical characters are part of this tapestry, but the author always seems to manage to weave the relationships together in a beautiful (and believable) fashion. The Forest House will appeal to anyone who has an interest in ancient Roman and British history, mythology, or religion.

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A cold wind was whipping the torches into fiery trails. Angry light glittered on the dark waters of the strait and the shields of the legionaries waiting on the other side.

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