Sword of Avalon

Sword of Avalon Fiery visions a lost king and a forthcoming destiny A boy raised in secret after traitors kill his parents returns to Avalon faced with a formidable task to prove his worth as a son of the kings and

  • Title: Sword of Avalon
  • Author: Diana L. Paxson
  • ISBN: 9780451462923
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sword of Avalon

    Fiery visions, a lost king, and a forthcoming destiny.A boy raised in secret after traitors kill his parents returns to Avalon faced with a formidable task to prove his worth as a son of the kings and priestesses of his land and lead his followers to victory, wielding the newly forged sword Excalibur.

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    1. RondaTutt

      WOW! What a great book - I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it.From the "Fall of Alantas" to "Ancestors of Avalon" we learn that tradition is to be passed on when Micail and Tiriki make it to the new land 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 Avalon"."The Sword of Avalon" doesn't pick up where the book "Ancestors of Av [...]

    2. Morgiana

      The latest in the Marion Zimmer Bradley/Diana Paxson Avalon books. Chronologically, this comes after Ancestors of Avalon and before Ravens of Avalon; it's not necessary to have read Ancestors to understand the series, but it might help to read the summary, at least.I'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 the long run. While I [...]

    3. Jen

      I just finished the last 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 more books about Avalon that can touch my soul the way these books do. I tend to live each one, as I read it, in my dreams, both waking and sleeping. [...]

    4. Maria João

      Só tenho pena dos dois erros que encontrei. Um da autora quando faz referencia a Morgana e Merlin quando eles só irão surgir muitos séculos depois. O outro erro foi da publicação e foi um erro ortográfico.Mesmo assim não sendo tão bom quanto os da própria Marin Zimmer Bradley, não deixa de encantar.

    5. jD

      I was not looking for this specific audiobook when I discovered it amongst the SF/Fantasy shelves at the library. I decided since it was a stand alone in a well known series, I would give it a try.I actually enjoyed listening 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 later become known as Excalib [...]

    6. Alyce

      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 listening to it on CD rather than reading a print vers [...]

    7. Georgiana 1792

      La nascita di ExcaliburOttavo libro del ciclo di Avalon e terzo cronologicamente parlando, La spada di Avalon prosegue il percorso iniziato da Marion Zimmer Bradley con la pubblicazione del suo capolavoro indiscusso, Le nebbie di Avalon, e proseguito, dopo la sua morte — avvenuta nel 1999 — da Diana L. Paxon, che si è accollata il compito di collegare il mito di Avalon con quello di Atlantide — le cui vicende sono narrate in un libro a parte da Marion Zimmer Bradley (Le luci di Atlantide, [...]

    8. AylwynOpalmyst

      2 stelline perchè mi aspettavo davvero molto di più. Deludentissimo dopo quanto letto nei primi volumi della saga. Si, qualche immagine, qualche luccichio c'è, ma poi una storia scontata, davvero prevedibile già dalle prime pagine, personaggi che si confondono e mescolano salvo un paio di brevi caratterizzazioni, 150 pagine su 400 di cui si poteva fare a meno ed una storia che si dilunga e trascina con scarso coinvolgimento per 3 quarti di libro per poi divampare prepotentemente solo nelle u [...]

    9. Billeen Carlson

      CaliburnilisciousAnother great blending of history, anthropology, and mythology wrapped up in a really great fantasy novel. Paxson takes this stuff seriously and I love it. As far as I'm concerned, she doesn't get anything wrong. "Bull from the Sea" meets "Mists." Excellent read.

    10. Melanie

      A very slow read. Not at all like the rest of the series. I found it very difficult to continue this story. It was by reading some of the reviews that felt the same at I did. The interesting stuff didn't really happen until the 150 pages or so.

    11. Neil McGarry

      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 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.

    12. Erica Gajewski Harris

      The book started off kind of slowly. it as it progressed, they story got better. Very enjoyable read on the origins of the "Sword" of King Arthur for the Avalon series

    13. Sofia Teixeira

      Ler Marion Zimmer Bradley sempre foi uma experiência bastante mágica para mim. Mesmo havendo livros que não foram exactamente escritos por ela, a sua magia nunca desaparece, havendo sempre um traço da sua presença, da sua marca, ao longo dos livros. A Espada de Avalon não é excepção. Embora tenha sido escrito por Diana L. Paxson, são bem visíveis as característas e os traços de Marion Zimmer Bradley.Reentrar no mundo fantástico que é Avalon, foi como regressar a casa após um long [...]

    14. Tobias

      England im Jahre 1200 v. Christus. In einer Version erlebt Anderle, die Hohepriesterin von Avalon, die Zerstörung des Königreichs Azan. Sie reist in großer Eile nach Azan und versucht alles, um die Bewohner zu warnen. Aber man nimmt ihre Warnung nicht ernst. In der Nacht kommt es dann zum Überfall und Anderle kann in letzter Sekunde den Königssohn retten. Fortan macht der Verräter Galid Jagd auf dem Königssohn. Unter den Namen Woodpecker wird er bei verschieden Stämmen versteckt und lern [...]

    15. Slee

      In general, I like what Paxon has been doing with the Avalon series. Ancestors of Avalon was an engaging read, Ravens of Avalon was visceral and moving, and in as much as Paxon's writing invariably weaves a thick spell transporting the reader through time and space, I didn't love this book as much as I have loved the past books.While there were parts in which the writing was so vivid and compelling I forgot to breathe for entire pages, the themes common to all of the Avalon books sometimes seeme [...]

    16. Enikő

      This book was fairly good, although I didn't find myself as attached to the characters as I had been with Ravens of Avalon. The plot was somewhat predictable - the young king must be hidden for his own safety, is caught and sold into slavery in a foreign land, and eventually makes his triumphant return. It held some unexpected twists, though. I was satisfied with what happened in the end with Mikantor and Tirilan. Velantos' fate was predictable I suppose, but I still shed a tear at his fateful e [...]

    17. Yve

      I've figured out that Sword of Avalon and The Forest House are my least favorite books in the Avalon series because they're the most masculine, and the former far more than the latter. It isn't necessarily having one of the main characters male that I dislike, because I love Ancestors of Avalon. The masculinity in these books comes from all the battles. I really have no interest in ancient wars and weapons, and Paxson didn't convince me otherwise. Mikantor and Tirilan are supposed to be reincarn [...]

    18. Kythe42

      Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson is the tale of how the Sword from the Stars(Excalibur) was first created long before it ever came into the hands of King Arthur, and the life and ordeals of the man destined to wield the sword as he unites the tribes of ancient Britain against an evil warlord. This story takes place about a thousand years after Ancestors of Avalon and two of the characters are specified as being reincarnations of characters from the previous book, though [...]

    19. Joana

      Mais um livro que nos leva a conhecer mais um pouco do caminho desde que se criou Avalon até que ela foi levada para fora do alcance de toda a gente, escondida durante tempo indefinido nas brumas. Gostei especialmente deste livro não por ser diferente dos outros ou algo do género, infelizmente (ou não) a fórmula utilizada para contar a história é a mesma (Todos os livros sobre Avalon, da MZB, parecem ser repetições atrás de repetições. Histórias tristes que nos mostram a devoção [...]

    20. C-Cose Daley

      Where do I begin?This was yet another masterful addition to the world of Avalon that Marion Zimmer Bradley introduced us to so long ago with The Mists of Avalon. Tn this volume we are transported between pre-Roman Britain, ancient Archae (current Greece) and many points throughout Bronze Age Europe.Morgaine returns to introduce us to what will follow and some much-loved characters return in various forms throughout. I was thrilled to read a possible origin for one of Arthur's Great Swords in a c [...]

    21. Sherwood Smith

      In this prequel to Bradley’s most famous book, The Mists of Avalon, we see the origins of elements we’ll find in Bradley’s take on the Matter of Britain.The priestess of Avalon saves Mikantor, a baby ordained by the gods to become a leader capable of uniting and defending his people during a time of crisis. Mikantor is a small boy at Avalon who falls into danger, is captured, and taken to the Mediterranean and sold into slavery. There, he is befriended by Velanto, a smith; when war destroy [...]

    22. Anna

      I've read all the Avalon books so far, this one is the latest volume placed after Ancestors Of Avalon and before Ravens Of Avalon, telling how the legendary sword, Excalibur was made. As much as I enjoyed reading this one, it was far not as good as Marion Zimmer Bradley's books in the Avalon saga, of course. I somehow couldn't really connect with the characters except maybe Velantos, and as in all Avalon-books, it was the usual "priestess-having-the-vision-of-something-holy-so-she-is-using-every [...]

    23. Angelica

      This book is paced quite oddly and I found it hard to latch onto the story for the first 150-200 pages. Paxson doesn't manage to convey the passing of time all that well, so I often found myself quite lost when exactly time has passed and how much. This gets better in the last half of the book when large periods of time aren't skipped anymore.Even though the main story is quite predictable most of the time, each character tells his or her own story and I never had the feeling I was reading a pro [...]

    24. Arianna

      It is always an illusion to believe that the book is written by Marion Zimmer Bradley, but her name is just in the idea behind the book. It is obvious when reading it that the author can't be her: Diana Paxson, for how good is she and how honorable work she is doing is not able to catch the atmosphere that the Bradley was able to recreate.This book presents the background story behind the "legendary sword of Avalon", that is, Excalibur. It is interesting that the origin is connected to ancient G [...]

    25. Jacki

      When reading the Avalon series in chronological order (rather than date of publication) Sword of Avalon is the third book in the series. Set many years after Ancestors of Avalon, this book begins to create a stronger connection between the individuals of Atlantis and those of King Arthur's time. The characters within this book are still aware of their descendancy from Atlantis and that their ways are a mingling of Atlantean beliefs and the ways of the people of the Mighty Isle.This story brings [...]

    26. Merri-Todd Webster

      Diana L. Paxson adds another tale to the saga of Avalon begun by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Here she steps back to around 1300 B.C.E when the great early city-states around the Mediterranean were overthrown and climate change cooled and flooded northern Europe. A displaced smith from the city of the Tiryns finds a new purpose in life and a place in myth as the forger of the Sword that later ages will call Excalibur--a revolution in metallurgy, a sword of meteoric iron that, unlike the sharp but brit [...]

    27. Thalia

      This one is the newest one in the series and meant to fit in between Ancestors of Avalon and Ravens of Avalon. I might be being a touch generous with my stars but it was much closer to 4 than to 3. The plot had some twists and tension. It had some battles (probably it's weakest factor though) and some new geography (Greece!). I saw alot of Mists reflected in this volume and it worked. Next up is Ravens and it features Boudicamittedly my first book with her, I'm kinda extra excited :)

    28. Terry Calafato

      Sono rimasta delusa da questo capitolo del Ciclo di Avalon. Sento che MZB stessa avrebbe avuto da ridire di fronte a questa versione della forgiatura di Excalibur. Sembrava che l'introduzione dell'elemento mediterraneo potesse offrire uno spunto interessante alla vicenda (come, ad esempio, la storia di Elena funziona a meraviglia ne "La sacerdotessa di Avalon"), ma il romanzo mi ha davvero annoiato. Tutta l'azione si svolge nelle ultime 100 pagine, ma ormai il lettore (o almeno io!) non vede l'o [...]

    29. Jayme(the ghost reader)

      I decided to read this series chronologically rather than publication date. I thought the series would run smoother. Well it didn't. I read Mists of Avalon awhile back. Though the book was one thousand pages long, it flowed well. With Ancestors of Avalon, it was harder to get into but overall, I still liked the book. I think since Diana Paxon has taken over Marion Zimmerman Bradley's legacy, the flow isn't as smooth. For Sword of Avalon, it was incredibly difficult to follow the story. The book [...]

    30. Tita

      Voltar a Avalon é como voltar a adolescência e reviver a experiência de ter lido "As Brumas de Avalon" pela primeira vez (foram livros que me marcaram).Apesar de traços comuns com todos os livros de Avalon, como o amor sofrido, o livro não desilude. E é muito interessante como é neste livro que ficámos a conhecer como surgiram certos rituais, como as tatuagens de dragão nos braços do rei, o Rei Veado e até mesmo sobre a Excalibur.No entanto, nem todo o livro me despertou interesse, po [...]

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