Bradley. Marion Zimmer & Paxson, Diana L. Priestess of Avalon.

Author:Farmer, Lesley S.J.
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

Penguin Putnam, Roc. 394p. c2000. 0-451-45862-1. $15.95. JSA

When Marion Zimmer Bradley, queen of Arthurian fantasy, died, she left an unfinished manuscript, which one of her main followers completed. This tale is set in third-century Europe, and melds the religions of the times. The story takes historical characters and inserts possibly mythical elements that act as precursors to King Arthur. The main dynamic counterbalances historical reality and the enchanted world, here couched as a very real alterative universe. Helena ventures from her safe isolation to embrace a Roman officer. Her tryst shapes the future, and the question is: was that future pre-ordained or freely chosen? In the final analysis, Helena must accept the reality of her status, and she seeks to bridge the two realities throughout her...

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