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The Road to Avalon

(1988)
(The first book in the Dark Ages of Britain series)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
Making old material new marks a master storyteller and with this fresh look at the legend of King Arthur, romance writer Wolf reaffirms her preeminence in those ranks. Although the Romans have already left Britain, Uther Pendragon is a Roman king, married to the Celtic princess Igraine, daughter of Merlin. Their son Arthur, conceived before Igraine's divorce from her first husband, has been raised in secret with Merlin's younger daughter Morgan, wherein lies the emotional heart of this tale. Arthur and Morgan, his half-aunt, share a love that cannot be acknowledged. When, as king, he must marry, Arthur weds the Celtic princess Gwenhwyfar, but he and Morgan remain lovers, while Gwenhwyfar, with Arthur's blessing, finds love with Bedwyr, the king's closest friend and ally. With the strength of his leadership and personality, Arthur unifies the British tribes, repells the Saxon threat and, adapting Roman ideas of government, establishes peace in the kingdom. But when Mordred, a young Celtic prince with an uncanny likeness to Arthur, comes to Camelot, jealousy and ambition threaten Arthur's dream. Portraying characters with crisp and memorable originality, Wolf capturesand enrichesthe tragic sweep of romance and idealism inherent in the Arthurian tale. Imaginative and moving, this narrative by the author of The Rebel and the Rose is historical fiction at its finest.

Library Journal
As books by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mary Stewart, Parke Godwin, and others attest, the legend of King Arthur continues to fascinate. Wolfe, setting her version in a post-Roman Britain battling the encroaching Saxons, has created a pleasing romance. When the young Arthur is suddenly revealed as King Uther's heir, he discovers that Morgan, the beautiful girl he has grown up with and loves passionately, is his aunt and is forbidden to marry him. He is forced to marry Gwenhyfar for dynastic reasons, but his enduring love for Morgan sows the seeds of disaster. A strongly original viewpoint is missing, as is the highly developed detail found in other works, but this novel uses the elements of the legend effectively. Recommended for popular fiction collections. Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.

Genre: Historical Romance

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Hardback Editions

October 1999 : USA Hardback

Title: Road to Avalon
Author(s): Joan Wolf
ISBN: 0-7857-8717-8 / 978-0-7857-8717-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bt Bound
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August 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Road to Avalon
Author(s): Joan Wolf
ISBN: 0-453-00607-8 / 978-0-453-00607-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

May 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Road to Avalon (Rediscovered Classics)
Author(s): Joan Wolf
ISBN: 1-55652-658-X / 978-1-55652-658-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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July 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Road to Avalon
Author(s): Joan Wolf
ISBN: 0-451-40138-7 / 978-0-451-40138-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Onyx
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July 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Road to Avalon
Author(s): Joan Wolf
ISBN: 0-586-20478-4 / 978-0-586-20478-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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