The Forest House

The Forest House

Book - 1994
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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 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.

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Publisher: New York : Viking, 1994, cc1993.
ISBN: 9780451454249
0451454243
9780670844548
0670844543
Characteristics: xi, 416 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.

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ElizabethW26
Mar 26, 2013

Very lovely book! I think the prequels to The Mists of Avalon are often judged a little harshly, on account of the fact that they aren't The Mists of Avalon. Zimmer Bradley passed away after publishing the original, but not before leaving behind notes and ideas that were picked up by Diana Paxson. Subsequently, the story telling isn't quite as amazing. On the other hand, Diana tends to focus more on historical figures and events, which adds an interesting flavor to the Avalon story. Certainly worth checking out if you're a fan of the original.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

This novel tells the story of Eilian, the gifted daughter of a Druid warlord, and her forbidden love for an enemy, Gaius, a roman soldier.

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