Author(s): Marion Zimmer Bradley
'Though the world should change entirely, there are places where a little light of the Otherworld shines through to the world of men. And that light shall not be lost to humankind so long as men still seek solace in this holy earth called Avalon.' In the dark days after the bloodshed at the Forest House, the Britons who guard the old ways retreat ever further from the world. Safe in the mists that protect the sacred isle of Avalon, Druids and priestesses wait and prepare down ten generations for the Defender who will come ... For Caillean the enemies are twofold: the Romans, with their stone cities and foreign gods; and the growing bigotry of the Christians who share the Lady's sanctuary. And though it is told salvation will come through the union of her beloved Gawen, son of a hundred kings, and Sianna of the old people, the way lies not through victory, but sacrifice. Two hundred years later, Dierna finds she must turn to the old foe in her struggle against a new threat. Yet in striving to keep Rome's British resources for the country's own protection, may not her meddling in men's affair hasten the fall of the empire itself and damage Avalon? And Viviane faces desperate times indeed, for the last flicker of Rome is failing fast, and the Saxons ride roughshod over peoples and promises alike. But there is hope even in this extremity, for a Merlin is made among the Druids once more, and the day of the Defender, so long foretold, draws close ... A spellbinding historical fantasy Lady Of Avalon links Marion Zimmer Bradley's bestselling novels The Forest House and The Mists of Avalon.
Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67. She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books. Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was 'fantasy undiluted'. She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends -- Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others - entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a nov