Sunday 8 September 2013

Ancestors of Avalon

Finished September 8
Ancestors of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson

This novel was inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley's series on Avalon, of which I read Mists of Avalon years ago and loved. I put this book on my list several years ago, and finally got around to reading it. It is a kind of prequel taking place many years before the Avalon books.
I read another book in this series by Paxson, Ravens of Avalon some time ago as well and enjoyed it. This novel begins with the fall of Atlantis and the destruction of several islands that made up the empire. The main characters are Tiriki and Micail, wife and husband, priestess and priest, princess and prince. As they arrange to leave their dying empire, events separate them and while they both survive, they are not together. There are several other strong characters here. Damisa is an acolyte that ends up with Tiriki. She is also a princess and her expectations of what her life will bring undergoes several changes as the book progresses. There are several other acolytes, priests and priestesses, sailors and princes that also survived, and the struggle to survive and move forward is what drives this story. Different groups have different expectations, some wanting to recreate what was lost, and others wanting to make a new way in the new country they have come to, learning how to live with the native peoples.
It was an interesting take on the Atlantis legend.

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