The Mists Of Avalon – Book Review

The Mists Of Avalon is probably one of my most favourite books. It was written by Marion Zimmer Bradley in 1983.

The book looks at Arthurian Legends from a female point of view, it follows the trajectory of Morgaine, a priestess fighting to save her matriarchal Celtic culture in a country where patriarchal Christianity threatens to destroy the pagan way of life.

The epic is focused on the lives of Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, Igraine and other women who are often marginalized in Arthurian retellings. King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table are supporting, rather than main characters.

Morgaine is cast as a strong woman who has unique gifts and responsibilities at a time of enormous political and spiritual upheaval as she is called upon to defend her indigenous matriarchal heritage against impossible odds.

The Mists Of Avalon stands as a watershed for feminist interpretation of male centered myth by articulating woman’s experience at times of great change and shifts in gender power.

The Novel was a best seller upon its publication and remains popular to this day and it was also made into a mini-series by the same name.

I would definitely recommend The mists Of Avalon if you enjoy reading fantasy novels.
Happy reading 🙂

If you want to read more about The Mists Of Avalon you can go to:
Wiki/The Mists of Avalon

2 thoughts on “The Mists Of Avalon – Book Review

  1. I’m just now getting into the fantasy genre after reading the A Song of Ice and FIre series. I am looking for something a little more directed to the female audience so I’ve had this book on my radar for a few weeks now. I want to read it but heard it was a little slow in parts but it sounds like once it gets going it gets better. Glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂

    • Hi The Lit Bitch,
      If you are like me and like anything to do with fantasy reading I really do recommend The Mists of Avalon, and if you are interested in finding some other really nice fantasy and fiction writers. I can give you a list of some of the ones that I enjoy quite a lot. I have read The Mists of Avalon a few times and although there is a lot to take in, it is all together a fascinating story.
      Enjoy 🙂

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