Historical Novel of Avalon & The Lady Of The Lake
Jana L. Perskie "cer @ 2004-04-22
Eilan, the daughter of a Druidic warrior and granddaughter of Ardanos, Arch-Druid of Britannia, is gifted with the "sight" and has longed to serve the Goddess as a healer-priestess in the Forest House. She meets and falls in love with Gauis, a half Roman-half British youth, and son of the Roman Prefect Macellius Severus, second-in-command in Britainnia. They want to marry but are forbidden. Heartbroken, Eilan fulfills her original wish and dedicates herself to the Lady. Ms. Bradley blends a fascinating story with accurate research to give the reader a good picture of early Britain and the various political, cultural and religious factions, both local and Roman, which vied for power there.
Bradley's narrative is clear and her plot is believable, as are her characters. I prefer "The Mists of Avalon," not just because of the subject matter, but because the plot and characters are more complex. However, this is a solid novel with a sound plot and worth the read.JANA
"mcknightc" @ 2000-03-15
Although not quite as good as MISTS OF AVALON
Jeanne Tassotto @ 2004-07-15
The story is set in the days of Roman occupation of Britain. Gaius, a young Roman officer and son of the local Roman commandant with his British wife has met and fallen in love with Eilan, the daughter of a powerful Druid family. Neither family approves of the match and forces the two apart. For the rest of their lives they met again and again only to be torn apart. Ultimately their unfulfilled love sets the stage for the events in MISTS OF AVALON.
The story is again told, at least in part, from a feminine point of view. As in MISTS there is a greek tragedy feel of unescapable doom. The characters are engaging and 'feel real', the plot is compeling making this a book that is hard to put down. It does not quite live up to MISTS due at least in part, to its more simplistic story line. Unlike MISTS' numerous story lines THE FOREST HOUSE focuses on Eilan and Gaius with Caillean, a priestess of the Forest House filling in gaps. This prequel is also significantly shorter. Still for any fan of MISTS OF AVALON this is a must read and would be enjoyable on its own as well.
A good book - historical interesting, but too long at times.
By A Customer @ 1999-10-23
By A Customer @ 1999-06-02
Reader in Riverside @ 2000-11-01
I have now read it twice, and will definitely be reading Mists of Avalon, since I feel as though I would like to "stay in touch" with the characters and their descendants. I am very interested to see how this book will tie into Bradley's retelling of the Arthurian legend for which I understand it is the precursor. I reccomend it highly!
MZB does it again
AuroraBug @ 2006-01-06
Pleasant read; adds little of note to Arthurian legend
Diane Schirf @ 2006-06-01
3rd book in the Mists series doesn't dissapoint
Monarch @ 2006-07-18
L. Mintah "Author of @ 2005-01-13
Ohiobookgal @ 2004-06-01
I also recommend reading one of Zimmer Bradley's early novels, THE FALL OF ATLANTIS, which was recently put back into print by Baen Books. THE FOREST HOUSE alludes to Atlantean culture as an ancient source for Druidism, and if you've read THE FALL OF ATLANTIS, you'll pick up on some of that. It's cool to see how Zimmer Bradley's books fit together, even if they were written thirty years apart.
Drivel, pure and commercial.
By A Customer @ 1999-07-05
By A Customer @ 2001-07-24
Well...not as good as I was expecting
By A Customer @ 1997-06-29
Forest House -excellent in its own right
By A Customer @ 1997-03-27
Ian Cruickshank @ 2001-08-12
The Past Reborn
t-fab "disasterinaha @ 2001-06-27
Absolutely as good as Mists!
By A Customer @ 2001-05-15
andrea @ 2000-07-25
Not too bad, actually
Backroads @ 2000-05-13
Ooof! Weak and Melodramatic
By A Customer @ 2000-05-20
"sakiara" @ 2004-04-14
By A Customer @ 2001-05-16
Engaging though rather long.
"luna9" @ 2000-11-05
While the Forest House was mystical and transcendent, I was rather frustrated by the prissiness of Vernemeton. However, I enjoyed it immensely, and found that MZB knit Roman and Celtic narratives seamlessly. I especially enjoyed the festivals such as Samhain and Beltane.
In MZB sensory details I identified Vernemeton as the mystical hiking trail in Calfornia which transports one to another time. With this novel, it helps to have pictures in your mind of what MZB is talking about.
Though Eilan's death didn't touch me as much as Viviane's did, it was still haunting. I would recommend Forest House both as a stepping-stone and a book unto itself.
The Forest House
Fiona Spier-Ashcroft @ 2000-10-30
By A Customer @ 2000-04-12
A truly captivating novel
Elizabeth Paul @ 2000-04-12
A worthy sequel
Stephanie Flatley @ 1999-11-03
A story rich in magic, but no "Mists of Avalon"
Miguel @ 1999-03-29
A great Addition to Mists of Avalon
By A Customer @ 1998-03-30
An outstanding tale of strong human spirits
By A Customer @ 1997-06-10
Go estrogen go!
JunkyardMessiah "jon @ 2004-02-04
Though the story sometimes strays too much into Female Empowerment Land (thanks to chapters devoted to menstrual blood rites and spell casting), Forest House presents lots of cliffhangers and surprises. MUCH better than its sequel, LADY OF AVALON.
I was wary
Lydia Lee @ 2009-03-27
Biblibio @ 2008-03-09
This Book I Love!
Alisha @ 2006-06-03
Not her best work
S. E. Kennedy "ocinn @ 2002-08-31
Marion Zimmer Bradley is Brilliant!!
"larson_a58" @ 2002-07-08
Yet again tormentously amazing
Sata @ 2002-06-27
Amy @ 2002-01-14
the story of girl chosen to be the priestess in roman britain who falls in love with a roman soldier and it all flows from there. but if you are looking for a passionate romance novel look elsewhere, because while there is love there is more suffering and deceit and the couple are only in a few chapters together.
while i loved this book for the beautiful story it is a little akward and definetly does not measure up to mists. but if you plan to read mists or the priestess of avalon which is the next book in this remarkable series you must read this to follow these amazing characters.
Well worth a fans read
ABC-D "Alphaalex" @ 2001-05-03
A Celtic Romeo and Juliet!
Milady @ 2000-09-08
This was one of the most absorbing books I've ever read!
By A Customer @ 1999-03-18
It's not supposed to be Mists
Anna Johnson (cailin @ 1998-09-22
"I loved it"
By A Customer @ 1998-07-28
Probably the best one of the series.
Dan "Longsword" @ 2005-05-07
Could have been good...
D. Wright @ 2007-03-11
Women can be just as brutal as men
djhexane @ 2005-02-03
Do yourself a favor and don't get the audio version
General Pete @ 2003-05-04
Now to the bad part
The audio edition: Only problem is the narator. She just goes on and on in a monotone no vocie inflection(I don't even think she stopped to breath!).
Overall-Read the book, don't get it on tape
D. S. Dance "Moon Sp @ 2010-10-07
Reading with Tequila
Jennifer Sicurella @ 2009-11-16
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