Reviews of Mists of Avalon, the (1983)
Review by Beaver (2011-01-10)
The last book in my King Arthur kick was The Mists of Avalon. The Mists of Avalon is a very original retelling of the Arthurian legends from a female perspective. It's very well written and the most compelling and cohesive storyline of the Arthur books I've read. There are some cool plot ideas to get in some of the original legend happenings. It also has interesting takes on the characters and their interactions (Arthur, Gwen, Lancelot, and Morgaine). It does drag a bit in places and goes a bit overboard, especially with Gwynhwyfar's pretentious childishness and some of the Paganism versus Christianity (but the overall message was interesting). Overall, it was a bit depressing, but a good read. 9/10
Review by aryn12205 (2007-02-22)
This book was absolutely captivating. It held my attention until the very end is by far one of the best books ever written in my own opinion. Bradley's ability as an author will pull and tug at your heart with this beloved retelling of the Arthurian legend. How wonderful it is that Bradley decided to write this on behalf of the ladies behind the legend...!!!
Review by Tamarah (2003-03-07)
"The Mists of Avalon" was an incredible book I read a few times. Bradley has a unique ability to take an historical tale and breathe fresh life into it by recreating the characters. Instead of beginning with Arthur's castle, the story starts with Arthur's mother and rides along side Morgan le fay's life, Arthur's Avalonian sister, who views the construction, victories, and ultimate fallen fate of the Christian Camelot, versus the paralelled fate of her own spiritual island of Avalon. It is a compelling story of a well-known period in time from the perspective of the crestfallen woman, who watched her deep-rooted pagan traditions of England be besmirched by her brother and lover; and by their son, who could have been the beginning of a joint being between both cultures, but was the inevitable fault in Camelot's sturdy foundations.
Review by abby (2003-03-03)
I wanted to like this. I liked Bradley, and I liked Arthurian legend, and I liked strong female characters. I got bogged down in the first hundred pages and gave up; I just couldn't manage to care.