The Forest House (Avalon Series #2)

The Forest House (Avalon Series #2)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley


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The New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy author of the Avalon series introduces the prequel to the beloved and enduring classic The Mists of Avalon in this mesmerizing epic of one woman’s legendary 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785765189
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 04/28/1995
Series: Avalon Series , #2
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley was the New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy author of the Avalon series, the Darkover series, and more. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine. She died in 1999 and was posthumously awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000.

Date of Birth:

June 30, 1930

Date of Death:

September 25, 1999

Place of Birth:

Albany, New York

Place of Death:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Hardin-Simmons College, 1964; additional study at University of California, Berkeley, 1965-1967

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“Compelling, powerful.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“A seamless weave of history and myth.”—Library Journal

“A magical evocation of a lost age.”—Starlog

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The Forest House: Avalon Series, Book 2 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Oneira More than 1 year ago
This book is about the society of preistesses before Avalon, called The Forest House. It is an amazing story that is tied in with The Mists of Avalon in a very subtle way (That is, until the very end or also in the beginning of Lady of Avalon). The characters stay with you just as much (if not more) than the characters of The Mists of Avalon, hundreds of years away (about 400 I think). However, like The Mists of Avalon, there is an end to old traditions and the beginning of new ones. There is also a common theme of clashing religious traditions, this time being that of Pagan Britain ways and Pagan Roman ways (Christianity plays very, very little in this book). Even though there are some common themes it is still a very different book from The Mists of Avalon and I would reccommend it to anyone, not just fans of the Avalon series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was written quite well and the characters were truly intriguing. It would be nice if all authors had her ability. Ther world would be a better place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I picked up this book I could not put it down. Marion Zimmer Bradley does a beautiful job at creating a love story in the midst of a time of warring cultures. She has strongly devoloped characters that made me feel their emotions and writing was so descriptive and real I felt like I was watching the scenes right in front of me. This book was one of the best I've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read out of the Avalon trilogy and it gave me a fresh perspective about early Britain and pre-Christianity religion. It is an extremely insightful book when you read between the lines!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so captivated by the Mists of Avalon, I went to the bookstore the moment I finished it hoping to find more of her Bradley's words. It was there I found there were three others in the series, and after much debating with the clerk, found the Forest House to be the first of three prequals (the second being the Lady of Avalon and the third being the Priestess of Avalon). The Roman names were at first difficult to manage but the nifty key in the beginning made me less cautious. It took me about 50 pages or so to get into the rythym, as I remember happening with the Mists of Avalon, but after that, I was hooked. The details paint the picture in my mind, without dragging on, and the sudden compression of timely and astounding events into a paragraph or two always catches me off guard and leaves me stuttering.
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Great read
Tropic_of_Cancer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the second book I read by Marion Zimmer Bradley and really loved it. After reading it, of course I had to read Mists of Avalon. :)
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite enjoyable but not to be compared with 'Mists' or 'Atlantis'
judelbug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although not as good as Mists of Avalon,this book is a nice bit of escapist reading if you enjoy tales where the central characters are wise women.
Tanith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 Mists.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
not the greatest. i think i outgrew marion's works before this was published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Marion Zimmer Bradley and her books. This book was slow at first but got better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly wonderful and inspiring
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Excellent book for any history buffs out there. Yes, its a novel but it also shows some history of the Romans. I enjoy her books.
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I've read and reread Mists of Avalon and love these books about pre-arthurian england.
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