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"Along with other titles in the series, this will appeal to lovers of Arthurian and Celtic fantasy as well as fans of Bradley and Paxson." (Library Journal)
I have read several books in the Bradley/Paxson "Avalon" series I have found them a fast read only about 400 pages. The book describes in detail how Excalibur, the Sword of Avalon, was crafted -- one of the first swords to be crafted in bronze rather than steel. It opens with the The book is the classic tale of a boy raised in excile comes back as the king of kings and leads his people to victory. The book contains two romances the boy and a priestess he was raised with at Avalon and the blacksmith who adopted the boy and the old Pristess of Avalon. It was quite a good book but it lacked Marion Zimmer Bradly's touch of magic and genius in writing.
I bought this book because it was on sale and my son is kind of a Fan of Arthurian stories, I didnt really expect much, I have never been interested. To my surprise I liked the story it was entertaining, I found that I enjoyed the characters, that they were more complex than I expected. The story moved along smartly and didnt lull the way some fantasy can. When I began the book I thought the narrator sounded a little old for the part she read, but I think she grew on me and whithin an hour enjoyed the narration. But I read theis at work and it kept my attention and was quite entertaining.
I enjoy the Sword & Sorcery genre from the mighty thews of Conan to the magic of MZB. But this book lacks the thunder of the first and the character and plot development of the latter. The narration was very good. It is too bad the narrator did not have better material with which to work. It was a disappointment and I shall not explore this author any further.
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