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Mistress of Magic

(1994)
(The first book in the Mists of Avalon series)
A novel by

 
In the tradition of T.H. Whites The Once and Future King, the author makes use of the prerequisites of the Arthurian legend: Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Lancelets illicit love for Gwenhwyfar, the destruction of Camelot, but with a twist--she presents the entire panoramic story from the female point of view. No passive by-standers, these earthy priestesses from Avalon literally breathe life into a musty, oft-told tale. In Book One: Mistress of Magic, the Lady of the Lake--Viviane--brings about the marriage of her younger sister Igraine to Uther Pendragon. Their only child, Arthur, is believed to be the last hope in the long standing war between Saxons and Romans. Meanwhile, Morgaine, Igraines daughter by her first marriage to Gorlois, has come under the apprenticeship of Viviane at Avalon. In spite of her great love and hope for Morgaine, Viviane is driven by an unrelenting vision. Miserable, but duty-bound, she tricks Morgaine and Arthur into becoming lovers during the night of the ritual fires. Enraged and shamed by what her aunt has done, Morgaine plans to rid herself of the child that has resulted from their union. Book one ends with Arthurs coronation and Morgaines decision to leave Avalon.

    


Audio Editions

February 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Mistress of Magic: The Mists of Avalon: Book 1
Author(s): Marion Zimmer Bradley
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


April 1994 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Mists of Avalon: Mistress of Magic - Complete & Unabridged Bk. 1
Author(s): Marion Zimmer Bradley
ISBN: 1-55690-868-7 / 978-1-55690-868-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books Inc
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


1993 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Mists of Avalon. Book 1: Mistress of Magic
Author(s): Marion Zimmer Bradley
ISBN: 1-4193-2506-X / 978-1-4193-2506-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   



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