Marion Zimmer Bradley’s THE MISTS OF AVALON (AVALON #1)

To many, three is a sacred number. It is the sign of the Trinity. Three Norns twine the threads of Fate. And in this re-telling of the King Arthur Legend (told from the women’s point of view) we have three sisters. The eldest, Viviane, is the Priestess of Avalon, the Holy Island of Apples dedicated to the Goddess. Igraine, is the High Queen, mother of Morgaine and Arthur. Then there is Morgause, the jealous youngest sister.

However, it is Morgaine who is the protagonist,  Morgaine, who becomes the last Priestess of Avalon, who witnesses the destruction of Camelot, the death of the Goddess, and the rise of Christianity.

If you only know about King Arthur through Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, the stories of the Knights of the Round Table, or T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, then you should experience this wonderful book. It will give you a completely different perspective on this well-known legend. Five stars.