Returning to Camelot during the Feast of Pentecost, Morgaine accuses Arthur of compromising the crown, and demands that he return Excalibur to her. When he refuses, Morgaine arranges a confrontation between her lover, Accolon, and Arthur in the kingdom of Fairy, resulting in Accolon's death. Grieving and still without Excalibur, Morgaine makes a hasty retreat to Avalon. When she finally returns to Camelot, it is to retrieve Avalon's Holy Regalia, now being used in a Christian mass.
Enraged at this betrayal, Morgaine calls upon the Lady's magic, which results in the mysterious "disappearance" of the holy chalice, prompting the companions of the Round Table to embark on a 12-month quest to find it.
Events spiral out of control when Lancelet returns, resumes his adulterous relationship with Gwenhwyfar, and is finally exposed. The novel closes with the King Stag's death and Morgaine's long-anticipated return to Avalon.
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©1982 Marion Zimmer Bradley; (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC
I read Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" book about 15 years ago and loved it. Please note that the audiobooks that make up the full "Mists of Avalon" story is broken into 4 parts on the Audible website: 1) Mistress of Magic, 2) The High Queen, 3) King Stag, and 4) Prisoner in the Oak. It can be rather expensive to buy all 4 parts - 4 credits or the currently listed price. I was confused about the splitting up of the sections because technically it is one book so I wanted to pass my experience on to others who may also be confused about why there are 4 Mists of Avalon books listed when you do a search on the title.
I loved the narration and storytelling of this book done by Davina Porter. Her spoken word really brought the tale to life and I came to see her voice as the voice of the characters and it enriched my experience of the story. Some spoken word narrators detract from the story, but Davina's narration brought a great story to an even higher level of enjoyment for me. If I had the choice to read or hear the book again, I would definitely opt for hear!
I appreciated Davina's narration even more when I listened to "The Forest House" and "Lady of Avalon" audiobooks also by Marion Zimmer Bradley but narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I found Rosalyn's voice too news-announcer-like and flat for my taste. I wish Davina had narrated those books too!
To review the story itself, "The Mists of Avalon" is the classic King Arthur tale told by a women's point of view. It gives wonderful life to the women imagined to the in the King Arthur experience and celebrates the power, weakness, and experience of the women. If you have interest in the stories of that genre and enjoy a tale where the women can be the heroes, this is the book for you. These female characters are not just empty, mindless window dressing as many Medieval tales would have you believe. I loved the experience of the story and the drama of the tale that Ms. Bradley weaves. I highly recommend this book and the narration makes it even better!
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