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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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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Sword of Avalon Reviews

  • RondaTutt
    2019-02-22 05:26

    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 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 life time or in their next life time is shown and lived through out this book.The 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 faith lyes in wake for them. (Take note that Anderle and Irnana are cousins and are desendants of Micail (Osinarmen) and Tiriki (Eilantha))As Anderle is explaining to her cousin that their viliage and their lives along with their son will end in death by fire, but as she speaks, the city is attacked with fire. Through faith of the gods, Anderle reaches Irnana's son Mikantor and escapes the wrath of the fire. Though her cousin's life and her cousin's vilage is ended, Anderle must protect Mikantor with her 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 their land. 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 left in the care of this foster mother and is disquised through out childhood by having his hair always died and is given a new name - woodpecker.Through 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 as life takes a turn, his enemy finally captures him, however, the tables turn when his captures are more thirsty for greater goods than returning the young lad to their own master. Mikantor's adventure begins - you will have to read the story to find out what happens.Did 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 healerI leave this quote from page 339/340 where Mikantor and Tirilan realize who they were in the past life - 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 lifetime, 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 lost...He was standing in the ring of a great henge, singing to the stones...He was standing atop the Tor of Avalon, a bright-haired woman in his arms...He opened his eyes, saw her gazing down at him. "Eilantha..." he whispered. her expression changed as confusion gave way to a dawning joy."Osinarmen..." she replied. "At last 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 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 conquer instead of to defend- This is what starts the Ledgend of the sword "Excalibur"With the making of "Excalibur" - the sword made from a meederite (steel metal), the Bronze Age ends and the Steel Age starts.

  • Morgiana
    2019-01-30 07:36

    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 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, Mikantor/Woodpecker, 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 the last hundred pages or so. I liked the parts about Mikantor's travels on the continent, and thought the book dragged until he left 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 lot of research into smithcraft, and those sections are among the parts I liked best. Overall, it's not a bad book. I liked it and I had fun reading it. Will I still remember the story by the time the next Avalon novel comes out? Probably not.

  • Jen
    2019-02-21 06:24

    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. I cannot easily remove my head from the mists, and for my heart, there is no chance. If I ever lived other lives, MZB reached the part of me that would be imprinted with those memories, and then left me hanging to discover them on my own. So, now what? I'm staring at all of the books in my"to read" stack, knowing none will return me to that place, knowing nothing else can suck me in right now. *sigh* I hate finishing a great story...I feel like I've left friends behind.

  • Maria João
    2019-02-16 00:30

    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.

  • jD
    2019-01-23 02:21

    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 Excalibur was forged for a boy whose destiny was to become the leader of his people. The story had the best elements of fantasy -- worldbuilding, hero-building, and a tad of romance. The writing was poetic and seductive.I did not give the story 5-stars because the pacing was too slow too often. A good 1/4 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 legacy. That didn't seem to fit based on the fact that he had basically conquered these lands 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 long and boring in too many place although all things Avalon, Excalibur, and Camelot will forever remain on my reading list.

  • Alyce
    2019-02-21 06:23

    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 version.

  • Georgiana 1792
    2019-01-28 23:36

    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, The fall of Atlantis, 1983) — aggiungendo generazioni nuove lungo il percorso e inserendo le leggende della tradizione anglo-sassone ad arricchire il ciclo. Così, ne L’alba di Avalon Micail e Tiriki, eredi di Deoris, Domaris e Micon — i protagonisti di Le luci di Atlantide — naufragano dopo aver abbandonato Atlantide — ormai sommersa nelle profondità dell’oceano — sulle Isole dello Stagno, ovvero le Isole Britanniche, costruendo grazie ai loro poteri magici Stonehenge. Ne La Spada di Avalon siamo in piena Età del Bronzo, eppure a Velantos, un principe/fabbro proveniente da Tirinto, viene svelata dagli dei la conoscenza di cui necessita per lavorare il ferro e forgiare la Spada delle Stelle — quella che sarà Excalibur — per il loro prescelto, il Figlio dei Cento Re. Una spada che deve essere usata per difendere, non per aggredire. Inoltre, i riferimenti alla Guerra di Troia e ai personaggi della mitologia greca creano un legame con un altro dei libri di Marion Zimmer Bradley staccato dai cicli: La torcia (The Firebrand, 1987)Con uno stile che procede sui binari costruiti da Marion Zimmer Bradley, Diana L. Paxon aggiunge al ciclo un’ulteriore generazione descrivendo la forgiatura della Spada delle Stelle — la spada che nelle leggende sarà Excalibur o Caliburn — come un rituale magico, con l’opportuno intervento della divinità per giustificare conoscenze superiori della lavorazione del ferro in piena età del bronzo. La ricostruzione storica della forgiatura di armi, sia in ferro che in bronzo, è dettagliata e frutto di grande studio — come si evince dalla bibliografia di riferimento della Paxon. Il linguaggio è ricercato, quasi epico; anzi, quando la narrazione si svolge nelle terre del Mare di Mezzo, sembra addirittura omerica, con epiteti e patronimici, sebbene le divinità abbiano nomi che si discostano leggermente da quelli caratteristici della koinè dialektos perché siamo ancora di fronte ad un protogreco. Zeus è sempre Tonante — Tiwaz Keraunos — o anche Adunatore di nubi, Afrodite è la Signora delle colombe. Interessanti i riferimenti all’ornitomanzia, con simboliche presenze o voli di uccelli, caratteristici della mitologia. Naturalmente il narratore è esterno e segue i diversi personaggi, spesso entrando nei loro pensieri, nei loro sogni — talvolta profetici o comunque rivelatori — che, giunti al climax, collegano in spirito personaggi fisicamente lontani sia nello spazio che nel tempo.Nelle prime pagine si può assistere ad un rito che equivale ad una forma arcaica delle celebrazioni di Halloween: le sacerdotesse si recano a Stonehenge per rendere omaggio agli antenati e per guidare le anime dei morti più recenti nell’Oltremondo.All’avvicinarsi della prima luna piena dopo il volgere dell’Autunno, la Signora di Avalon si recò al Grande Henge per rendere omaggio agli antenati. […] Si diceva che questa festa un tempo segnasse la fine del raccolto, che però quell’anno era finito già da una luna. Le anime che erano venuti a guidare avrebbero avuto un viaggio umido verso casa. Le tombe del grande passaggio erano state abbandonate generazioni prima, ma ogni sette anni gli spiriti dei morti scendevano lungo il fiume per il loro pellegrinaggio all’Henge, e da lì all’Oltremondo. In ogni fattoria e villaggio, la donna più anziana presiedeva alla cerimonia per i defunti della famiglia, assistendoli nel loro passaggio ultraterreno così come aveva assistito la nascita di ogni bambino della sua stirpe.La Paxon è l’indiscussa erede di Marion Zimmer Bradley per quanto riguarda il ciclo di Avalon. Per prepararmi alla lettura di questo romanzo ho infatti rispolverato i romanzi del ciclo, rileggendo Le luci di Atlantide e L’alba di Avalon, e riproponendomi una rilettura ‘cronologica’ dell’intera saga. Non che ci sia mai stato un ordine per quanto riguarda la Bradley: ogni romanzo è assolutamente autoconclusivo e, anzi, talvolta ci sono delle discrepanze — volute — fra un libro e l’altro del ciclo. A Marion piaceva saltare da un secolo all’altro avanti e indietro nel tempo, sulla Terra così come su Darkover. Il passaggio da Le luci di Atlantide (scritto interamente dalla Bradley) a L’Alba di Avalon e La spada di Avalon (scritti quasi interamente dalla Paxon) è stato assolutamente indolore, forse anche grazie all’apporto della traduttrice, Maria Cristina Pietri, che continua a tradurre il ciclo fin dai primi romanzi e che potrebbe essere uno dei motivi di ‘continuità’. L’unico appunto che vorrei fare riguarda le cerimonie propiziatorie e magiche che coinvolgono la Dea e che ricorrono a pratiche sessuali che, mentre nei libri scritti da Marion Zimmer Bradley assumevano un carattere assolutamente mistico e spirituale, vengono ricondotte dalla Paxon — a causa di riferimenti talvolta triviali — a qualcosa di più terreno, meno trascendentale e questo, in un certo senso, ‘sporca’ il significato e il carattere del rito.Un’ottima lettura per chi — come me — è talmente affascinato dalle atmosfere di Marion Zimmer Bradley e dai suoi personaggi da non averne mai abbastanza.Potete leggere la recensione completa QUI:

  • AylwynOpalmyst
    2019-02-08 01:39

    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 ultime pagine.. Della Zimmer forse resta solo la citazione in copertina.

  • Billeen Carlson
    2019-01-23 23:24

    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.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-01 01:33

    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.

  • Neil McGarry
    2019-02-01 06:32

    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.

  • Erica Gajewski Harris
    2019-02-05 01:25

    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

  • Sofia Teixeira
    2019-02-06 02:30

    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 longo período de ausência.Esta obra, mostrou-se ser fundamental para entendermos todo o universo que é a Saga de Avalon. É aqui que conhecemos as origens de vários rituais e da famosa espada que muitos chamam de Excalibur. Quem já leu as Brumas de Avalon há-de lembrar-se desta passagem: o que acontecerá ao rei veado quando o seu jovem filho crescer? Pois bem, neste livro temos a origem desse rito como de tantos outros, inclusivé das tatuagens de dragão nos braços do futuro rei.É impossível não nos apaixonarmos por este mundo. As personagens de carácter forte, as privações e provações a que são postos, as lutas interiores constantes, são sempre elementos presentes nos livros de MZB. Como também nos tem acostumado, há sempre uma personagem feminina e uma masculina que se destacam. Neste livro temos Tirilan e Mikantor.Confesso que houve partes do livro em que fiquei super ansiosa. Depois de uma infância em que a vida destas duas personagens se cruzaram, Mikantor é então raptado e durante boa parte do livro acompanhamos a sua evolução e todos os acontecimentos que o levam a cumprir o seu "destino". As teias tecidas pelos deuses nem sempre são claras e muito menos são as profecias das sacerdotisas. Enquanto vamos acompanhando Mikantor, ou Pica-Pau, ficamos sem saber nada sobre o desenvolvimento de Tirilan durante esse tempo todo.Mas quando finalmente as narrativas se começam a cruzar, tudo começa a convergir para atingirmos o extâse da leitura.A par de Mikantor e Tirilan tenho que destacar Anderle e Valento. Principalmente Valento marcou-me muito. São personagens que após a leitura ficam a pairar na nossa mente pela sua valentia, coragem e sacrifícios. O amor que estas 4 personagens partilham é um amor intemporal, mais antigo do que se podem lembrar e cujos destinos estão entrelaçados de forma inevitável.É um livro de emoções fortes, como muitos se têm vindo a mostrar. E claro que é sempre maravilhoso relembrar como aqueles povos louvavam a Terra como um espírito vivo e adoravam-na e respeitavam-na no seu todo. Hoje em dia isso é um grande mito e quem tenta fazer o contrário é quase visto com maus olhos.Estes livros levam-nos a uma profunda reflexão. Por mais romanciados que sejam, a verdade é que ainda existe vestígios daquela cultura nos nossos dias e tendemos a ignorar isso. Mas isso são reflexões para outro post.Voltando à leitura d' A Espada de Avalon, só posso dizer que adorei. Foi um voltar ao início e a partir daí lembrar tudo o que aconteceu a seguir. Porque é impossível não associarmos os acontecimentos posteriores àqueles que estamos a ler no momento. Toda a causa tem uma efeito e é isso que nos fica bem preso na mente.Um romance intemporal, que de certeza que a seu tempo vou repetir a leitura.Deixo apenas uma pequena nota quanto à formatação interior do livro. Por vezes há algumas falhas a nível de ìtálicos e alguns espaços entre parágrafos no meio de diálogos. De resto, foi mais um livro maravilho que acho que não pode faltar nas prateleiras de quem gosta de Marion Zimmer Bradley. Adorei.

  • Tobias
    2019-01-26 05:47

    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 lernt so deren Lebensweise kennen. In einem Küstendorf fliegt seine Tarnung auf und er wird von Galids Häschern erwischt. Aber sie töten ihn nicht sondern verkaufen ihn an einen Sklavenhändler. Er wird nach Tiryns in den Haushalt des Schmieds Valantos gebracht. Als es zum Krieg kommt und Tiryns fällt wird Velantos ebenfalls zum Sklaven. Da die beiden gute Arbeit leisten wird beiden die Freiheit geschenkt und sie kehren in die Heimat von Woodpecker zurück um das Land vom Tyrannen Galid zu befreien. Der Sieg gelingt ihn aber erst mit Hilfe des sagenumwobenen Schwertes Excalibur, das sein Freund Velantos aus Meteoriteneisen geschmiedet hat. Diana Paxson beschreibt eine mögliche Entstehungsgeschichte des Schwertes Excalibur. Das Buch spielt in der Frühzeit der Geschichte der Menschheit in der der Glaube an Götter und Geister stark verbreitet ist. Diese sind in diesem Buch auch sehr stark präsent, sind aber etwas kitschig dargestellt. In den Büchern von Marion Zimmer Bradley ist der Auftritt der mystischen Götter und Ereignisse besser gelungen. Das Buch ist spannend und der Erzählfluss flüssig und verständlich. Die Charaktere sind zum Teil sehr blass. Nur Woodpecker und der Schmied Velantos sind etwas aussagekräftiger dargestellt. Das Buch war für mich eine kleine Enttäuschung, da mir die Bücher von Marion Zimmer Bradley sehr gut gefallen haben. Ich habe gedacht, das Buch wäre genauso spannend, fesselnd und lebendig.

  • Slee
    2019-02-16 05:31

    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 seemed to be stronger forces than the characters or the conditions. Many of the trials and tribulations suffered by the hero seemed to have been created solely for the purpose of adding to the list of what Mikantor endured. While elevating his standing as the classic hero archetype, they did little to further the plot or to really illuminate his character. While consistent with the theme that each new trial was a new forging of his character, juxtaposed with the heavy smithing theme of the book, it often fell flat.Similarly, parts of the story which seemed to offer a great deal of opportunity for deep character development were often written through in the matter of a paragraph while great detail was often devoted to banalities which neither added to the tale nor helped draw the reader further into it.As a fan of this series, of Bradley's, and of Paxon's, I feel as though this book must have been rushed to print before it was ready. I would make an allusion to the forging of iron, but alas, at this point, I am tired of them.The imagery is powerful, and the feminist themes are still strong, both of which are hallmarks of the series. However, I feel this book could have been so much more, and at times, I was also disappointed with the shoddy editing.Of course I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the series, and I appreciate that one can read each of the books in the Avalon series independently, but it is not the brightest star in that constellation.

  • Enikő
    2019-02-23 05:21

    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 end.This is not the first book of its kind that I read, yet the religious ceremonies did not seem boring or give me any sense of déjà vu. They were well described - if a little hastily: I sometimes found myself surprised that they were over so quickly. And there were enough differences in them to make me appreciate that this story line, set near the end of the bronze age, is separated by many, many years from the other stories I have read so far.I think my favourite part was when Velantos had his vision, after having forged the Sword. He saw what the mastering of iron would do to the world, ("Where they passed they left a swathe of destruction, but structures greater and devices more complex sprang up in their wake, all of them made of iron. Iron saws and axes cut down forests; iron wagons tore up fields. Iron creatures roamed the land and the oceans and the heavens, and the smoke of their furnaces stained the sky.") and was determined not to contribute to this future. This passage was reminiscent of Jean Auel's writing in The Clan of the Cave Bear, where Ayla also had a vision of the future. Both passages are, in my opinion, very well written.All in all, I would recommend this book, but if you are new to this series, start with the Ravens of Avalon. It's characters are slightly more engaging.

  • Yve
    2019-01-31 06:21

    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 reincarnations of Micail and Tiriki who I really like from Ancestors of Avalon, but honestly if it weren't for the really similar names and the hair colors I would not have connected them - Micail and Tiriki were pretty original characters who I really cared about, while Mikantor and Tirilan just feel like cardboard cutouts. I really didn't think there were any strong female, or even male, characters in this book. I mean, there's Anderle, who is supposed to be a previous incarnation of Morgaine, but just like Tirilan it feels cheap. It took me a really long time to read. I didn't hate the whole book, but the parts I did like weren't anything very original. The superficial fact of the new subject matter/time period aside, I didn't feel like there was anything in this volume that wasn't already done better in previous ones. Sword of Avalon strikes me as very phoned-in.It makes me a bit sad to end this series on such a dull note. But hey, at least there's still five excellent novels.

  • Kythe42
    2019-02-21 23:44

    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 it is indicated that they had reincarnated multiple times in the intervening years. It's not necessary to read The Fall of Atlantis and Ancestors of Avalon before reading this book, but it will help in understanding the history of these characters. While I did enjoy reading this book, it was unfortunately not as good as Ancestors of Avalon and I only rated it three stars. It was slow paced like the previous two books that I had read, but in this case the slow paced bits were rather tedious and at times I wasn't sure what they added to the story. After reading The Fall of Atlantis and Ancestors of Avalon I had this strong craving to read more and I just didn't get that feeling with the Sword of Avalon. It's really a shame because the story idea is an excellent one and could have been done so much better. I would still recommend this book to fans of the series, but just don't expect it to be quite as good as the previous books mentioned.

  • Joana
    2019-02-02 00:40

    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 à Deusa e o amor entre almas gémeas, que apesar de às vezes terem um final feliz há sempre qualquer coisa de angustiante a acontecer no final), mas sim porque me deixa ver mais um pouco da história de Avalon. Me deixa ver de onde veio a espada que aparece nas Brumas de Avalon, e me deixa perceber um pouco mais de como as almas dos personagens se vieram a entrelaçar ao longo de gerações. Na maior parte dos livros percebemos que há personagens que se lembram de outras vidas, e apesar de este livro não ser aquele que nos dá a conhecer essas personagens, é aquele em que podemos ver o primeiro reencontro dessas personagens e como elas se reconhecem, se entrelaçam mais um pouco e se ligam a mais almas para toda a vida.Para mim este foi o encanto deste livro sem querer depreciar a escrita da Paxson, que é também bastante cativante e melodiosa, levando-nos a ler página a seguir de página.Um bom complemento a todos os fãs das Brumas de Avalon.

  • C-Cose Daley
    2019-01-24 23:33

    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 completely unique and historically viable tale. It's obvious that Paxson did exhaustive research in preparing for this novel. The environments, tools and techniques used, and general societies are well developed and completely appropriate to the time that Paxson recreates for the reader.Although it takes some time for the central story to develop (100+ pages in), the story would be incomplete without the preceding material. This is also consistent with the style of writing that I have come to expect from Bradley or Paxson.Truly a joy, worthy of more than 5 stars!

  • Sherwood Smith
    2019-02-20 01:44

    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 destroys Velantos’s land, the two embark on a long journey, depending on one another. The gods have chosen him to create a sword from meteor iron, which will become Mikantor’s weapon when he steps forth as his hero’s people.Paxson’s details about bronze age metallurgy is as painstaking as her research into Celtic history and myth. Nobody is a cardboard character is this story--everyone is the hero of their own tale, and all have cultures and belief systems illumined with interest and sympathy. This is not just adventure, but a love story, and it’s not only about Mikantor and Tirilan, daughter of the high priestess; the older generation also get their romantic due.

  • Anna
    2019-01-27 04:45

    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-everyone-for-the-prophecy". Not that I disliked it, though, but I could foretell the plot, including which characters would survive and which ones would die. Neverthless, it was an interesting storytelling about the birth of Excalibur and an educational read about smithcraft. Although English isn't my native tongue, I so often felt like reading grammatical mistakes and mistyping as well, also, I lost counting as for how many times I read the phrase "one by one". This was kinda bothering, giving me doubts whether Paxson can really use the English language well or not.

  • Angelica
    2019-02-20 03:28

    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 prop. However, large parts that should develop a character -- mainly Mikantor/Woodpecker -- are skipped or just mentioned in passing and should have been told on page.I was also very intrigued by and impressed with the details the author managed to work into the book. The chapter on the smithing of the Sword of Stars -- the legendary Excalibur -- is easily my favourite.In conclusion: After you get over the pacing, Sword of Avalon is a good read that can actually be enjoyed on its own but might make you curious for more.

  • Arianna
    2019-02-12 23:43

    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 Greece and it is a very interesting historical moment, between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, that is taken as reference point for the sword's history.The characters lack the depth, the interior development and the charm of the Bradley's characters, although they are the typical Avalon's inhabitants. The Priestess of Avalon with her powers, fighting between visions, duty and wishes, the rebel girl, the hero and the villain. It is a pity that the book gets a bit trivial, but it is always nice to drown in the Avalon world, afterall.

  • Jacki
    2019-02-14 00:36

    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 us the first defender of the Mighty Isle, the first Son of a Hundred Kings needed to unite the tribes and bring peace to the land. The Lady of Avalon forsees his destiny, as well as the creation of a Sword of the Stars, which will be his weapon and symbol of sovereignty. Of the first books in the series, this is my favorite. I truly connected to the main characters, finding myself weeping in the end. The creation of Excalibur, through the merging of self with Divine, was a powerful scene which I am likely to never forget.

  • Merri-Todd Webster
    2019-02-01 04:33

    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 brittle bronze blades of the day, can bend without breaking. I would probably read anything Paxson wrote with "Avalon" in the title; she brings careful historical research and a sensitivity to the mystical dimensions of the story to these novels.

  • Thalia
    2019-01-29 00:29

    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 Boudica...admittedly my first book with her, I'm kinda extra excited :)

  • Terry Calafato
    2019-02-20 05:22

    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'ora di concludere questa lettura che si è trascinata troppo a lungo. Possibile, ripeto, che il mio disappunto sia dovuto alla scelta dell'autrice riguardo alle modalità della creazione di Excalibur. Mille volte meglio, di sicuro, la scelta narrativa di Jack Whyte!

  • Jayme(the ghost reader)
    2019-01-29 01:20

    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 skipped like fifteen years without any setup and I felt I was just skimming the book to get the reading done. It is a shame because I like the Arthurian tales and I wanted to like this book.

  • Tita
    2019-02-14 05:37

    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, pois a parte intermédia do livro, quando Mykantor é afastado de Tirilan achei-a longa demais. No entanto, assim que Mykantor regressa, a história torna-se muito mais interessante e fluída.