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ISBN13: 9780451461537
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The amazing prequel to Bradleys bestselling "The Mists of Avalon." Inside the walls of the Forest House, in a remote part of Britain, a secret sect of Druidic priestesses guards the ancient rites of learning, healing, and magic against the onslaught of invading Romans.

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The novel that truly begins the bestselling Avalon saga...

About the Author

Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books.

Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends — Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others — entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess of Avalon

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.

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amethyst, December 14, 2007 (view all comments by amethyst)
This is, by far, my favorite of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon series. The characters flesh out the history of the time before Arthur, Morgaine, and the other characters of her famous "Mists of Avalon," when Britain was still largely pagan and the tribespeople mostly worshipped local versions of the Great Goddess extant throughout much of Europe for thousands of years before Christianity. The rituals and magics she describes "feel" very authentic, although the details are most likely products of her own imagination of how things might have been. The characters, for all their connections to the Goddess and to other local and Roman deities, are very human. They struggle with divided loyalties, act on human egos trying to shape culture in ways they think best, and live the ongoing dramas of everyday life as well as those of culturally earthshaking import. Excellent!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451461537
Author:
Bradley, Marion Zimmer
Publisher:
Roc
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Britons
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Edition Description:
B-Mass Market
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.78x4.24x1.30 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 21

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