Priestess of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson; Marion Zimmer Bradley. Be the first to write a review. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This imaginative return to the Arthurian legend as told from its pagan priestesses continues with Book Two: The High Queen. Morgaine, finally reconciled to the birth of her son, must relinquish him to her aunt Morgause in exchange for the kept secret regarding his parentage.
Arthur marries the timid but dutiful Gwenhwyfar, while ongoing wars with the Saxon invaders continu This imaginative return to the Arthurian legend as told from its pagan priestesses continues with Book Two: The High Queen.
Arthur marries the timid but dutiful Gwenhwyfar, while ongoing wars with the Saxon invaders continue to rage accross the land. Morgaine, tired of worldly concerns, attempts to return to Avalon, but disappears without a trace somewhere near the end of her journey. In a last bid for peace, Arthur compromises his loyalty to Avalon by carrying the Christian banner into battle.
Gwenhwyfars inability to conceive has the kingdom despairing of an heir to the throne, while behind the scenes, her love for Lancelet grows more impassioned and desperate. Get A Copy. Audiobook , Unabridged - Library Ed , 13 pages. Published first published More Details Original Title.
The Mists of Avalon 2. Morgaine , Gwenhwyfar , Merlin , King Arthur. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The High Queen , please sign up.
Is there not a english paperback version other than the audio book? Where can you get an english language version of this book? See 2 questions about The High Queen…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 08, Matina Lgt rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy.
My best regards, Matina P. Don't forget to make her suffer, thank you. View all 12 comments. I swear: If it wasn't for Gwenhwyfar, I would have loved this book. We follow the story of Morgaine, Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelet, the tensions between the ancient religion connected to the powers of the Goddess of the Land, and Christianity, the building up of the kingdom of Camelot and the struggles against the saxons.
Once more what appealed to me in this book was the whole paganism versus Catholicism thing. Through the discussions that the characters have concerning this theme, we get a gl I swear: If it wasn't for Gwenhwyfar, I would have loved this book. Through the discussions that the characters have concerning this theme, we get a glimpse of what people thought at the time, what were the main issues debated then. I loved the wise sayings of Merlin and of Morgaine, of course.
But Gwenhwyfar I understand and I know that there were people like her at the time, and the character is completely plausible, but geeez She's always so scared of everything, so insecure, always holding on to religion as her comfort, her saviour, her everything, and she's always thinking of herself as a sinner and asking for forgiveness, and crying and bla bla bla.. She's annoying and tiresome. I seriously thought "I hope Marion Zimmer Bradley changes the story and makes her jump off of a bridge and die or something".
But Gwenhwyfar aside, I loved the whole story and Morgaine is still my favourite character. Avalon and the Goddess for the win! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was kind of worried when I picked this book up I wouldn't remember what happened in the first one of the series.
I think I read that one about five years ago. However, as soon as I actually started reading it and I have to say that the wonderful writing style of Ms.
Zimmer Bradley, was a huge help everything came I was kind of worried when I picked this book up I wouldn't remember what happened in the first one of the series. Zimmer Bradley, was a huge help everything came flooding back. This book was at the same time glorious and annoying as hell. I don't think I've ever wished for a character to get punched in the face - repeatedly Gwen is the most hypocritical character I've ever had the misfortune of reading about.
Being stuck inside her head was torture at the very least. She is supposed to represent the biggest Catholic supporters, and she condemns everyone that doesn't believe the same things she does. However, and this is the ridiculously funny part, view spoiler [ she ends up asking Morgaine to use her magic and make her get pregnant.
AND she then has a threesome with the king her husband , and the guy she's been panting after since she got married. It was a great sequel, but I honestly can only hope that this was the end of Gwen's narrating, because I'm not sure my nervous system can handle another book narrated by her. Morgaine is gone for much of this book and what we get is the whiny selfish bratty Gwen. Not my favorite of the 4 books. Mar 29, Lucia rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Wow, that ending!
I didn't see it coming xD I'm glad I have the next part at hand! This second part of The Mists of Avalon continues Morgaine's story, and now Gwenhwyfar's voice narrates her own story too. I love how the author manages to give each character their own distinct personality and voice, and their own personal worries and concerns. Each of these women might be connected to Arthur but their world doesn't revolve around him, and it's really their tale we read here, and not Arthur's.
I es Wow, that ending! Her self hatred breaks my heart every time, and I keep hoping there's something good stored for her later xD View 1 comment. Feb 04, Susie rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , adult. Oh Gwenhwyfar, I am so tired of your complaining that you haven't slept with Lancelet, you have to be married to Arthur and he isn't a Christian, that he believes in keeping his word as he promised the Lady of Avalon and fly the banner of the dragon.
The most positive thing I can say about this book on CD is that the reader, Davina Porter, is most excellent. Otherwise, I'm not sure I want to continue. Sep 12, Erika rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , arthurian. I hate Guinevere so so much but the story and writing is still great. Oct 31, Emily rated it liked it.
Continuing the Mists of Avalon series retelling the legends of King Arthur from the point of view of the women in the stories. Book 2 focuses more on the marriage of Arthur to Gwenhwyfar the welsh spelling and the influence that Gwenhwyfar has upon Arthur as she tries to convince him to break his vow to Avalon and declare his kingdom to be Christian.
This book, like the previous, also examines the Christian vs the druid religions and generally comes down in favour of the latter. Unfortunately Continuing the Mists of Avalon series retelling the legends of King Arthur from the point of view of the women in the stories.
Unfortunately Gwenhwyfar is a very un-likeable character in pretty much every way, which took a star off this book for me since it's irritating just to read her parts. I'm loving all the books!! Jul 06, Suellen Almeida rated it it was amazing. Truth said, I've read the four books one after another, nonstopping to swallow. I have no opinion of each in particular. May 10, T.
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