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Avalon Saga or however you want to call it never became my Saga or however you want to call it never became my and I ve struggled with every single book in this series I found this book extremely slow the plot very badly constructed and the characters boring and one dimensional The PlotNormally I don t mind books with a multiple POV narrative I usually tend to ove them but the way it was done it this story with the different POVs being so disconnected just pulled me completely out of the story and made it impossible to connect with the characters Sword of Avalon is about when how and why the sword Excalibur was created Now this could be interesting if it weren t because it didn t happen until the The Auction (Slave World last 100 pages and we had to take weird detour to ancient Greece to find the smith I would have preferred if a story so much rooted in celtic myth actually stayed in that region of the world and if the story had actually focused on this instead of all the other stuff we gotThere also another thing that s been driving me crazy for a few books so far does the plot of every book have to be almost the exact same Every book has been following the same formula of a crazy manipulative High Priestess trying to control everyone around her because she has gotten a vision from the Goddess which drives her to keeping two young people whoove each other apart because she knows best And of course things happen and the two young people end up together after all and then someone dies The CharactersGod this was bad I know we have this reincarnation thing going on in these books with the first priest and priestess of Avalon we met them in *Ancestors of Avalon and that they are destined to find each other in each new ife and do *of Avalon and that they are destined to find each other in each new ife and do remarkable But come on Surely we can make the narrative a bit interesting and challenge this plot point a bit and twist and turn a few things instead of just doing a copypast thingFor a great part of the book I thought we at The Man Who Talks With the Flowers least had an interesting villain in Galid and I was so interested in figuring out why he actedike he did did someone he Meditations on the Eve of November 4th loved die from some terrible injustice Had been inove with Anderle or her cousin and took revenge on them when he just couldn t take it any Nope I guess he was just crazy and mad at the world because we needed a villain to kick start things Now I read these books in publication order and if someone asks and I cannot talk them out of reading these books altogether I think I would recommend reading them in their chronological order Then you won t have to remember which Eilan came first at Sa Ilalim ng Dagat least Theegends of Avalon run deep into the current of our imagination The mystical Silence of Winter (Cromwell Chronicles, legends that are connected in our collective consciousness come to mind when reading this story of a sword being forged by a chosen one to be wielded by a chosen one We know these stories so well yet in the imagination of the right storyteller it is renewed in the heart and mind of the reader I just finished theast book in the Avalon series Marion Zimmer Bradley Diana L Paxson and I realize it was not my workload for school that has kept me from diving into the novel head first all these years It was the all consuming sadness and finality I ve felt at the end of each of the books that held me back Knowing there will be no books about Avalon that can touch my soul the way these books do I tend to ive each one as I read it in my dreams both waking and sleeping I cannot easily remove my head from the mists and for my heart there is no chance If I ever ived other ives MZB reached the part of me that would be imprinted with those memories and then eft me hanging to discover them on my own So now what I m staring at all of the books in myto read stack knowing none will return me to that place knowing nothing else can suck me in right now sigh I hate finishin There was a time when I could stomach a book written from the male gaze and that fails the Bechdel test but those days are History and Some Anecdotes of the Settlement of Newbury, Washington County, Ohio long gone Diana Paxson is welcome to write a story in which women nurture men and men make history but I don t need to read it Pass CaliburnilisciousAnother great blending of history anthropology and mythology wrapped up in a really great fantasy novel Paxson takes this stuff seriously and Iove it As far as I m concerned she doesn t get anything wrong Bull from the Sea meets Mists Excellent rea. Priestesses of his Ten Years Beyond Baker Street land andead his followers to victory wielding the newly forged sword Excalibur. The atest in the Marion Zimmer
BradleyDiana Paxson Avalon books Chronologically this comes after Ancestors of Avalon and before Ravens of Avalon Paxson Avalon books Chronologically this comes after Ancestors of Avalon and before Ravens of Avalon s not necessary to have read Ancestors to understand the series but it might help to read the summary at Old Granny and the Bean Thief leastI ve read all the Avalon books and several of Paxson s historical fantasies though not her Westria series and she is generally good at that genre They are all enjoyable reads but none have stayed with me in theong run While I B. Smiths Entertaining and Cooking for Friends liked Sword of Avalon I don t think it was one of her better efforts It s pretty much a rehash of the other stories particularly with regards to the characters The Bad Guy Galid was particularly cartoony and Our Heroes Anderle Tirilan MikantorWoodpecker and Velantos are awfully derivative of Morgaine Arthur and Lancelet from The Mists of Avalon Plot wise this is the book about how and why the sword Excalibur was forged That doesn t actually happen until theast hundred pages or so I Zines! Volume 1 liked the parts about Mikantor s travels on the continent and thought the book dragged until heeft Britain about a third of the way through Paxson set the novel about 1200 BCE which was a really interesting time period in European archaeology She clearly put a When the Whippoorwill lot of research into smithcraft and those sections are among the parts Iiked best Overall it s not a bad book I iked it and I had fun reading it Will I still remember the story by the time the next Avalon novel comes out Probably not I m a big fan of MZB and have only reluctantly read some of Paxson s Avalon books which are just OK by comparison in my opinion And this is not one of her better efforts It especially drags in the middle I also had trouble placing the time period and it wasn t until I got to the Afterward that I saw it was set in about 1200 BCE In fact I think my suggestion would be to read the Afterward FIRST although maybe I was at a disadvantage for istening to it on CD rather than reading a print version It certainly took me a ong time to finish this book I had to slog through at points It was very tedious This book is about the forging of the sword that would come to be known as Excalibur but it takes an awfully ong time to get to that Only about the ast fifth of the book was really interesting Anderle was annoying as the Lady of Avalon something coming off as a controlling mother Galid was a stereotypical cartoony villain with no proper motivation Despite the book s title the sword isn t actually forged at Avalon the first attempt destroyed Avalon s smithy so a new smithy was built elsewhere Um okay Also the event shown on the front cover doesn t occur in the book Most of the main characters were interesting enough but the various deaths in the final big battle felt unimportant to me because I really didn t know those people A ot of time was
spent away from Avalon and there was too much focus on the away from Avalon and there was too much focus on the characters Overall the book was okay but definitely not as interesting as The Fall of Atlantis or Ancestors of Avalon Oh well on to Ravens of Avalon WOW What a great book I couldn t put the book down until I had finished itFrom the Fall of Alantas to Ancestors of Avalon we The Serendipity of Karma (13 Shades of Red learn that tradition is to be passed on when Micail and Tiriki make it to the newand and start the rebuilding of the Temple of Light Though the Ancestors of Avalon ends with Micail and Tiriki s beginning sucess the continuation to their sucess is clearly represented in The Sword of AvalonThe Sword of Avalon doesn t pick up where the book Ancestors of Avalon imediately ends it picks up after years of time have passed sinse the time of Micail and Teriki deaths With the spark and new beginning that Micail and Teriki carried on in tradition for the Priest and Priestess the story carries on around the powerful stone hindge and the sworn pledge that priest and priestess make to the gods to serve in this Diverting Devotion life time or in their nextife time is shown and Special Forces Christmas lived through out this bookThe story starts with Anderle the Lady of Avalon one who has visions from the gods of what is to come Anderle fears from what one of her visions shows her so she runs off to her cousin Irnana to warn her and her husband of what faithyes in wake for them Take note that Anderle and Irnana are cousins and are desendants of Micail Osinarmen and Tiriki EilanthaAs Anderle is explaining to her cousin that their viliage and their Moneymaker Effect lives al. Fiery visions aost king and a forthcoming destinyA boy raised in secret after traitors kill his ,
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City Is Attacked With Fireis attacked with fire faith of the gods Anderle reaches Irnana s son Mikantor and escapes the wrath of the fire Though her cousin s ife and her cousin s vilage is ended Anderle must protect Mikantor with her The Magical Record Of Frater Progradior life because what her vision from the gods has shown her he is the son of a hundred kings and will yeild the sword fit for a king and will heal theirand Note son of a hundred kings Micail is a son of a hundred kingsAnderle realizes that Mikantor will have many enemies trying to kill him even though he is only a few months old and she must hurry as fast as she can even though her own body tires from her own burden of being with child and near birthing her own child Anderle suceeds in protecting Mikantor and passes him on to another village mother who has a baby and has enough milk for them both Mikantor is Zielloos (Jessica Haider left in the care of this foster mother and is disuised through out childhood by having his hair always died and is given a new name woodpeckerThrough Mikantor s young age Anderle watches him grow from afar because she doesn t want to give him a way to his enemies but once a certain age Anderle arranges for Mikantor to be moved around from viliage to vilage to protect him but asife takes a turn his enemy finally captures him however the tables turn when his captures are thirsty for greater goods than returning the young The Loner (Daughters of Destiny lad to their own master Mikantor s adventure begins you will have to read the story to find out what happensDid I forget Anderle has her child a girl named Tirilan who grows up to become a priestess and great healer Note Tiriki was a priestess and a great healerIeave this uote from page 339340 where Mikantor and Tirilan realize who they were in the past ife this happens while Mikantor is in so much pain from and while receiving tatoos on both arms of the dragons The rush of images began to focus to the memories of one ifetime the one he needed to remember now He was rocking in a boat as the world exploded in fire and thunder seeking something unimaginably precious that he had ostHe was standing in the ring of a
great henge singing to the stonesHe was standing atop the Tor of Avalon a brighthenge singing to the stonesHe was standing atop the Tor of Avalon a bright woman in his armsHe opened his eyes saw her gazing down at him Eilantha he whispered her expression changed as confusion gave way to a dawning joyOsinarmen she replied At ast we have returned My favorite character is Velantos the bastard son of the King of Tiryns a Smith also from the middle sea and northern A New Concordance of the Old Testament lands For not for Velantos the sword fit for a king Excalibur would not of been forged Of course through the gods and through Anderle Velantos task would not have been fulfilled However we have to add the curse that Velantos put on the sword that the blade shall turn on its wielder if ever it is used to conuer instead of to defend This is what starts the Ledgend of the sword ExcaliburWith the making of Excalibur the sword made from a meederite steel metal the Bronze Age ends and the Steel Age starts I was notooking for this specific audiobook when I discovered it amongst the SFFantasy shelves at the Yum Yummer: Ridiculously Tasty Recipes That'll Blow Your Mind, But Not Your Diet! library I decided since it was a stand alone in a well known series I would give it a tryI actually enjoyedistening to the story mostly because the narrator deftly pronounced the names of the characters and places which where nearly their own dialect The story takes place before the events of Authur and Camelot many generations before The sword that would SWAN 白鳥 モスクワ編 1 later become known as Excalibur was forged for a boy whose destiny was to become theeader of his people The story had the best elements of fantasy worldbuilding hero building and a tad of romance The writing was poetic and seductiveI did not give the story 5 stars because the pacing was too slow too often A good 14 could have been cut out and it would have been okay I also felt the author did not make the hero suffer as much as he should have while being a slave I also thought the bad guy was just a barbarian doing what barbarians do He had no motivation to build anything not even his own Noahs Ark legacy That didn t seem to fit based on the fact that he had basically conuered theseands and people I don t think I will revisit this series not even in desperation I would certainly not read one of these books too ong and boring in too many place although all things Av. Arents returns to Avalon faced with a formidable task to prove his worth as a son of the kings and. .