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    Marion Zimmer Bradley(Author)

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Before the Mists obscured the Isle of Avalon, there was the Forest House; where, in a remote part of Britain, a secret circle of Druidic priestesses guarded the ancient rites of learning, healing, and prophecy against the inexorable approach of the Roman Empire. Young Eilan, born to a Druidic family, is ripening toward womanhood and the flowering of an inner power she hardly dares dream of. Already she hears the call of the Great Goddess - and it will be she who is ceremonially chosen as the new High Priestess when the reigning Priestess of the Oracle dies. But first, Eilan hears another voice - that of her love for the young Roman Gaius Macellius, whose mission is to subdue her native land and all its seemingly pagan ways. But Eilan must find the courage to renounce her lover for her sacred destiny... For within the Forest House's realm also dwell the bitter priestess Dieda, who, against her will, makes a pact that will bind her to Eilan forever; and the rebellious young priestess Caillean, who protects Eilan with a passion that runs far deeper than duty. Yet it is the Arch-Druid Ardanos, by turns the High Priestess's greatest ally and most ruthless enemy, who could destroy the Forest House, should he learn the terrible secret Eilan guards as fiercely as her life. The war that rages within Eilan mirrors the turbulence of her times; as the legions of Rome move closer, Eilan must rely on the power and magic of the Great Goddess to find her way out of the labyrinth in which fate has placed her... Like her classic bestseller The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's new novel is a tapestry of myth, mystery, and romance, rich in the detail of the Druids' timeless rituals. The ForestHouse is a mesmerizing epic of a woman's mythic role at a turning point in history - brought to magnificent, unforgettable life.

"Compelling, powerful."--San Francisco Chronicle "A seamless weave of history and myth."--Library Journal "A magical evocation of a lost age."--Starlog"Compelling, powerful."--San Francisco Chronicle

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  • PDF | 416 pages
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley(Author)
  • Signet; Reprint edition (1 April 1995)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By MonaB on 7 August 2016

    Very fast delivery - thanks Amazon!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.

  • By lindsayemma on 6 June 2013

    This book is fantastic. It was very good at making me feel like i was there in the story and i felt for each character as they went through their struggles. I love books like this and think this series are very well written full of adventure, mystery and magic. Beautiful descriptions made all the better because i read the book while on holiday in Italy so the connections with the Romans and Britain were spectacular. If you like books such as the Guinevere and Isolde trilogy you will love this series :) 5 stars

  • By Gayl MacKinnon on 12 June 2011

    I had previously read 4 other book from the Avalon series, which were wonderful, and thought it was time I read the first book in the series. It did not disappoint! MZB brings her characters to life. You feel that you know them. In this book, it explains how Avalon was founded. Their interaction with the Romans was not always peaceful, as is usual when foreign people come to claim a country for themselves. However, the 2 main characters cross barriers that stand the test of time. It was a wonderful story and I would recommend it.

  • By BadGirlBadger on 11 January 2015

    Really like this set of books. Read Mists of Avalon years ago and look forward to reading the whole set. Handy being able to take it around on the kindle but I do miss the smell of books :-)

  • By Kathy9 on 18 June 2015

    Another link in the wonderful series of Avalon. Diana Paxton and Marion zimmer Bradley never fail to hold my attention to the very ladt moment.

  • By elizabeth harries on 29 April 2013

    This is actually part of the early centuries of the series and explains succinctly how Avalon came into being. \i read the series in reverse and so it wasn't until I reached this book that the characters fell into place.

  • By JudyJade on 31 July 2013

    History, romance, magic, thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Enjoying this whole series as i find they feed my soul ~ aspects we don't get in today's modern world!


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