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The Forest House (Avalon, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – June 5, 2007
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“A seamless weave of history and myth.”—Library Journal
“A magical evocation of a lost age.”—Starlog
About the Author
She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.
In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books.
Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends -- Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others -- entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess of Avalon
She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.
- Publisher : Roc; Reprint edition (June 5, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 462 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451461533
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451461537
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.3 x 1.32 x 6.84 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having given my criticisms, there were also two parts that captured the intensity that I felt "Mists" possesses and, therefore, make "Forest House" absolutely worth reading. One was an initiation ceremony that was so beautifully done that I still think about the imagery in it. The other part is the ending - the last 30 pages or so. The tension that seemed lacking suddenly ratcheted up and the purpose of the story became clear. There is very little resolution in this story, sort of like "The Empire Strikes Back," which stands on its own as a sort of coming-of-age story, but is best seen in context of the real resolution of "The Return of the Jedi." On a grander scale, however, the ending of "Forest House" also demonstrates how the characters - all of us, really - play roles in the purpose of the Universe. The Goddess doesn't forget about us and let us founder for no reason. What seems trivial could have a far-reaching consequence, even if you don't understand it in this life. I'm currently reading "Lady of Avalon," which is showing the consequences of "Forest House" that ultimately lead into "Mists."
"The Forest House" is definitely worth reading. There is beauty in the author's writing that cannot be missed. But expect to need to read the next book for satisfaction. If you've enjoyed "Mists," seeing the story to its conclusion is the right thing to do, anyway. We could all use more Goddess in our lives.
This book has SEVERAL graphic mentions of rape and other similar violence to women. It's essential to the plot but could be very triggering to some.
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I loved Mists of Avalon and this prequel is equally enchanting. If you love historic novels - read this one even or rather especially if you've never read any books about early Britain.
But be warn! - do not read any book about Avalon if you are conservative in your religious views! You won't like it as it may sometimes sound as a blasphemy.