Because there are actually three stories told within the context of one novel, Bradley must introduce the reader to the changes that have taken place over time at the beginning of each new tale.
The second novella is the story of a priestess who is made to marry a Britannian Admiral to tie Britannia to Avalon. Except now I've picked up The Mists of Avalon on audio book and am reading that one.
Review from the PFS Book Club What I Liked: This book, unlike the more popular The Mists of Avalon, is swift and uncomplicated. The characters are still interesting - it was especially nice to see Viviane's backstory, since she was one of the characters that made Mists so great, and the plot zings along at a breakneck speed. What I Didn't Like: You ever get the feeling that a book was written just to get it done?
However, I have to say that this book along with Priestess of Avalon should of been one book but in chronological order so the reader can enjoy and understand the story instead of going back and forth between the books. Part II Dierna is now The Lady of Avalon and she strives to keep Rome's British resourches for the country's own protection but in order to do so she must tie the admiral of the Britannic Fleet (Marcus Aurelius Musaeus Carausius)to an Avalon Priestess (Teleri - princess of the Durotriges). Now after she has returned, Ana gives birth to two daughters (Igraine and Morgause) who will become very important in the book Mist of Avalon. Viviane becomes Lady of Avalon and the Merlin is brought back by the chief druid Taliesin and Taliesin becomes the Merlin whom will play a big role in the book Mist of Avalon.
I just dont understand why she hates Druidism so much, when at time at she was going to go to the Beltane fires herself; just the massive swings of erratic irrationalism in her feelings and thinking. Like how one second she goes thinking so self-righteously about how Morgaine is a harlot, when shes only had one less lover herself.
I didnt love this half as much as I loved The Mists of Avalon and maybe thats to be expected. Mists is as legendary as the subject of Arthurian legends itself and coming as a prequel, Lady of Avalon has plenty to live up to.
Chr. ist Avalon die letzte Zufluchtstätte des alten Glaubens, während sich über das restliche Britannien die Herrschaft der Römer ausdehnt. Doch die Versuche der Herrin von Avalon, das zwar von den Römern befreite, aber zerrissene Britannien wieder zu einen, scheitern ein ums andere Mal. Die Herrin von Avalon erzählt die Geschichte der drei Hohepriesterinnen Caillan, Dierna und Viviane, die von Avalon aus die Geschicke des Landes zu steuern versuchen.
Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about "the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be." Her first novel and much of her subsequent work show their influence strongly. Bradley wrote many Darkover novels by herself, but in her later years collaborated with other authors for publication; her literary collaborators have continued the series since her death. For many years, Bradley actively encouraged Darkover fan fiction and reprinted some of it in commercial Darkover anthologies, continuing to encourage submissions from unpublished authors, but this ended after a dispute with a fan over an unpublished Darkover novel of Bradley's that had similarities to some of the fan's stories. Bradley was also the editor of the long-running Sword and Sorceress anthology series, which encouraged submissions of fantasy stories featuring original and non-traditional heroines from young and upcoming authors.