The Forest House

The Forest House The Forest House prequel to The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley s beloved and enduring classic is a mesmerizing epic of one woman s mythic role at a turning point in history In a Britain strugg

  • Title: The Forest House
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley Diana L. Paxson
  • ISBN: 9780451454249
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Forest House prequel to The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley s beloved and enduring classic is a mesmerizing epic of one woman s mythic role at a turning point in history.In a Britain struggling to survive Roman invasion, Eilan is the daughter of a Druidic warleader, gifted with visions and marked by fate to become a priestess of the Forest House.But fate also leThe Forest House prequel to The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley s beloved and enduring classic is a mesmerizing epic of one woman s mythic role at a turning point in history.In a Britain struggling to survive Roman invasion, Eilan is the daughter of a Druidic warleader, gifted with visions and marked by fate to become a priestess of the Forest House.But fate also led Eilan to Gaius, a soldier of mixed blood, son of the Romans sent to subdue the native British For Gaius, Eilan felt forbidden love, and her terrible secret will haunt her even as she is anointed as the new High Priestess With mighty enemies poised to destroy the magic the Forest House shelters, Eilan must trust in the power of the great Goddess to lead her through the treacherous labyrinth of her destiny.Take The Forest House Quiz

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    1. Someone recently suggested to me when I was reading The Mists of Avalon to stop reading the Avalon series at that point. She said she had read some of the other books in the series and they were "appallingly bad". I don't know if this was one she was referring to or not, but I should have listened to her. She is wise.I didn't love The Mists of Avalon upon rereading it now, but I did appreciate it more, I think, than I had over twenty years ago when I read it originally. There are aspects to the [...]

    2. A beautifully written prequel to the magnificent Mists of Avalon, the story of a doomed star-crossed love between British Priestess, Eilan and a half British half Roman legionnaire Gauis, in first century southern Britain, also takes us to Caledonia (Scotland) , Germany and Rome. Gives us rich insight to and brings to life both the Roman Empire and Celtic Briton society, especially that of Druidic persuasion.At this time the Roman are ruthlessly destroying the Druidic culture and a small b and o [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this book. I was so glad to see that the book picked up where the book "Ravens of Avalon" left off.The Arch-Druid Ardanos, Lhiannon(High Priestess of Vernemeton - the Forest House), and Caillean (senior priestess assisting Lhiannon - also Lhiannon's adoptive daughter)are characters from the book "Ravens of Avalon" who survived the fire and take over of Mona. These individuals move on to Vernemeton and rebuild the hertiage of the Priestess and Druids with the consent of the Roman [...]

    4. This was a book that lost much of its magic on a re-read.The writing style felt a bit odd, with some words thrown in that did not fit the rest of the wording. It also made the book drag a bit, even though it felt hurried (I mean, it does span the lifetime of Eilan and Gaius, but the time jumps could have been smoother).In terms of plot, it was a bit hard to keep track of who wanted what and why. There were far too many tribes and names to keep track of. As for the main characters, they all felt [...]

    5. I enjoyed this one more than Mists of Avalon, is was more of a less-tragic Romeo and Juliet than the endless "everything Morgaine touches turns to dust and all her good intentions go awry" kind of thing. I also enjoyed the aspect of Gauis/Gawen being torn between the two sides of his heritage, British and Roman. However, toward the end it did pick back up the anti-Christian ranting and seemed to have the attitude that all men were misogynistic idiots. Another issue that continued from Mists was [...]

    6. 3.5 starsMost of the book was agonizingly slow. Each time the main characters met was a chance meeting at a festival. When a festival was coming up, I braced myself for them to meet. I am hoping that this was a set up for the next book, and that The Lady of Avalon will be better.

    7. I read these backwards. Read this one before the Lady of Avalon, and then read The Mists of Avalon. That way you have them in order. This book was a bit harder read than the other two, but quite good. My bias may have been a result of reading them out of order.

    8. I hadn't planned on reading any more of her books after the Mists of Avalon. As interesting as the Mists of Avalon was, I had found it rather dry. However, I came across this book as part of a sale for a store that was going out of business and thought, at 40% I could afford to pique my curiosity. It is as dry as her other book, but there is a moment in that book that made me think several themes that seem to run through the book. The first one is the nature of the Christian God and the Goddess. [...]

    9. The Forest House by Marion Zimmer Bradley is one of the books in her Avalon series. The story is set during the Roman occupation of Britain about a generation after the uprising of Boudicca. Much of the story is centered around the Forest House, which is the sanctuary for the Druid priestesses that was established after the destruction of the Druid complex on the isle of Mona by the Romans, and the woman who serve there. All of the books in this series have elements of romance, but it is a parti [...]

    10. Would probably give this 3 and a half stars. I liked it, but had a harder time getting into it than I expected, given how much I remember loving The Mists of Avalon. That's one of my all-time favorites and one I've read several times. However, my most recent re-read was probably 20 years ago, so maybe my tastes have changed a bit since then. Or maybe this one just wasn't quite as good. Or maybe I'm just pickier now. :)I had mixed feelings about the characters in this one; they didn't all seem co [...]

    11. Eilan is a Druidic warleader's daughter destined to be High Priestess of the Forest House. Gaius is a Roman-British soldier among the Roman legions. Eilan and Gaius fall in love. It is a forbidden path they travel for the High Priestess must be a virgin like the Roman Vestals. Eilan carries secrets into her priestesshood. Secrets that could destroy lives if revealed. Will Eilan and Gaius's love stand the test of time, or will secrets and war tear them apart?The Forest House is a novel of strong [...]

    12. good, but too sad/fatalistic/heart wrenching, like "mists" at least it didn't torture me for as long, since it wasn't as long. liked learning about the druids and romans before the "mists" story, though. and i'm going to read the middle book too, but i don't expect to enjoy it (no matter if it's well-written and gripping, like the others now that ken follett has shown me the pleasures of good historical fiction with a positive view of history why keep torturing myself? i don't know gotta finish [...]

    13. Pleasantly surprising. Pre-dates "Mists" and King Arthur. All about the war between Romans and Druids - made me want to read the "real" history of this time period! Eilan, grand-daughter of Arch Druid, falls in love with Gauis, son of bigwig Roman.

    14. i guess because i loved 'mists' so much i expected more from 'forest house' and 'lady of avalon' and i was alittle disappointed. but the books were good, just not great.

    15. „Мъглите на Авалон” на Марион Зимър Брадли е книга, която трудно може да се опише, а още по-малко пък с една дума. Но ако трябва да опитам, то коя ли би била думата? Красива? Епична? Всепоглъщаща? Не, не мога да избера. Е, поне опитах. В крайна сметка, май ще трябва да бъда по-мног [...]

    16. Decisamente ho preferito le nebbie di Avalon della stessa autrice. Scritto benissimo comunque e mi è piaciuto davvero molto.

    17. Esse livro estava encalhado na minha estante desde 1999!!! É tempo demais para guardar um livro sem ler. E como eu elegi 2017 para ser o ano dos desencalhes, decidi começar já em janeiro pelo livro mais antigo.Eu comprei o livro meio sem saber do que se tratava a história, foi mais uma compra por impulso, por conta do nome da autora, que é a minha favorita, e, depois que comprei desanimei de ler.A historia vai se passar antes da fundação de Avalon, e tem inicio na época da invasão da Br [...]

    18. I expected to like this book better than I did since I loved Mists of Avalon. The story is pre-Arthur and as a story it had a lot of possibilities. Somehow it seemed kind of disjointed. It is the story of Eilan who is the daughter of a Druid during the time when the conquering Romans are taking over the land. I just could never really connect with Gaius, the soldier that Eilan falls in love with and whose live is entwined with hers. He was a mere human after all and I suppose I wanted him to be [...]

    19. The Forest House by Marion Zimmer Bradley is the prequel to The Mists of Avalon. Long before King Arthur's time, the British Isles were occupied by the native tribes and also the Romans. The native people were Pagans - the holy people were Priestesses and Druids. The Romans worshiped their many Gods. Christianity was just starting to spread to the region region where this story takes place, and Christians were a minority seen as a cult. A love affair between Eilan, a woman who was to become the [...]

    20. Most people don't like Zimmer's books as much as they do Mists of Avalon but after reading the Forest House I realized that all the other books enrich the entire backdrop that is Avalon. You appreciate Mists more because of the others who've played a part in Avalon's story. I liked Eilan and the role she played though it seemed very much slanted that she had very little chance for happiness. I found myself disliking the priests entirely and felt that Lhiannon allowing them so much power was tota [...]

    21. I really struggled with this book. It felt like I was reading three chapters of "The Mists of Avalon" but spread into a whole novel: with more added having-of-plot-redundant-babies. I think part of the problem was that I only liked one character and she appears quite irregularly. And there are so few meaningful conversations! The main protagonists were a bit meh. It seems like you hardly get to know them, and even though a lot of time is passing in the story, it feels like not much happens.I did [...]

    22. This book is a prequel to the Mists of Avalon which I haven't read yet and judging by the rest of the reviews, it's probably just as well. The historical content was what interested me most. I love the Roman era and I'm also really interested in the Druid period so it was interesting to see them clash. Originally, I liked the characters of Eilan and Gaius but as the book progressed, their actions continuously annoyed me and I wanted to smack their heads together. It all seemed pointless at some [...]

    23. The forest house is a good book and the characters are very realistic. I realized something though while readiing this book after reading lady of avalon. The first story in lady of avalon is a continuation of the story in the forest house. I suggest that anyone who is thinking of reading lady of avalon should read the forest house first. The story has a little bit of everything in it, life and death, suspense, romance and of course some religion ie; Celtic religion, mithraism and some mention of [...]

    24. One of the prequels to Mists of Avalon, Forest House tells the story of Eilan, a British priestess and Gaius, the Roman soldier she falls in love with. It can be rather slow at times, but overall the story is still compelling, and the world well-realized. It has more of a historical setting than Mists.If you really liked Mists, and want to know the backstory, read this and the other prequels, but don't compare it to Mists. It's pretty good in its own right, but don't expect it to be as good as M [...]

    25. This book was the weakest of all of Bradley's books I read. She imagines King Arthur as descended from a Celtic Priestess and a Roman soldier. I was not drawn to either of the main characters and, for a book ostensibly about the Druids there was very little detail about them. She breifly mentions the founding of Avalon, but the one detail that stands out is that the head Priestess put the least intelligent woman in charge of the kitchen. Awful! Details of Roman life were interesting but, overall [...]

    26. The Mists of Avalon is my favorite book and I had been wanting to read this prequel for years. While nothing could surpass the original, The Forest House is a very good book in its own right. I enjoyed the story of the priestesses but found the focus on both Gaius and Cynric during battles and military maneuvering less interesting. Even though it is a prequel, I could see readers enjoying it without having to have read The Mists of Avalon. A highly entertaining read with less depth than the orig [...]

    27. I enjoyed the Mists of Avalon for its retelling and remixing of some of the elements of the Matter of Britain from more of a female perspective. This, a supposed prequel to that series, was a bit of a disappointment, perhaps because of the greater element of invention involved. I find seeing how authors deal with literary traditions to be more interesting than reading sheer inventions, especially if there are fantasy elements involved.

    28. A beautiful, but frustrating book. The strength of the women characters in the face of an increasingly patriarchal world made me both proud and upset. Character growth was phenomenal--you could feel the two main characters grow older, from an exuberant and naive youth to experienced adults forced to survive (and shaped by) the consequences of their decisions in a difficult world. I would have like more magic, but what was there was believable and satisfying.

    29. I did not enjoy this book quite as much as the Mists of Avalon, but it is still a pretty good book. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoyed the first book. If you have not read MOA you really should, especially if you are a fan of fantasy, history (especially European history), or strong female characters.

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