Thursday, May 24, 2007

The last book in the Avalon series that was rewritten by Diana L Paxson after Marion Zimmer Bradley died back in 1999. It follows Micael and Tiriki who are married and live in Atlantis, the fabled island that fell beneath the sea. They are a prince and princess as well as a priest and priestess who are prophesised to survive the fall of Atlantis and build a new temple to pass down the ancient wisdom.

When Atlantis falls they become separated and leave on different ships not knowing if the other is alive or dead. Micail lands with a group of settlers to form Stonehenge and Tiriki finds times harder becoming the Morgan in Avalon in Glastonbury in the Summer Country. Destined to become enemies, the question is whether they will find each other and reunit before the Sun Wheel is finished...

This was a beautiful book which spent time focusing on the birth of Goddess worship in this country. The secondary characters were well written and it was interesting to see the birth of Merlin as well of Morgan to continue the Avalon myths. Although it was written by Paxson, I would still recommend it to fans of the series as it completes the tale nicely. It was well written and absorbing.

**** out of 5

7 comments:

Daisy Cat said...

Might have to keep an eye out for this series, looks interesting.

Literary Feline said...

Mists of Avalon is one of my all time favorite books and I've read Forest House as well. I want to read the other books, like this one, some day. Thanks for the great review!

Alice Teh said...

I have the Mists of Avalon and The Lady of Avalon, but I haven't started on them yet... Great review on Ancestors....

Nymeth said...

I too have only read The Mists of Avalon, which I LOVED, and Forest House. I need to give the rest of the series a try. Your review made it sound great!

Clare said...

Great review, I really wnat o get this, loved all the other books in the series :)

Kim said...

It looks like you read a lot of Arthurian inspired books. Would you recommend this series as one of your favorites?

Rhinoa said...

Kim - Mists is definately a good book for Arthur fans. Probably my favourite series though are the Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwall (The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excallibur) and the Merlin series by Mary Stewart (The Hollow Hills, The Crystal Cave, The Last Enchantment). They are both excellent series and many other works of fiction written after them have used them as a template.