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Book Title: Sword of Avalon|
The author of the book: Diana L. Paxson
Edition: Roc Hardcover
Date of issue: December 1st 2009
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.3
ISBN 13: 9780451462923
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WOW! What a great book - I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it.
From the "Fall of Alantas" to "Ancestors of Avalon" we learn that tradition is to be passed on when Micail and Tiriki make it to the new land and start the rebuilding of the Temple of Light. Though the "Ancestors of Avalon" ends with Micail and Tiriki's beginning sucess, the continuation to their sucess is clearly represented in "The Sword of Avalon".
"The Sword of Avalon" doesn't pick up where the book "Ancestors of Avalon" imediately ends - it picks up after years of time have passed sinse the time of Micail and Teriki deaths. With the spark and new beginning that Micail and Teriki carried on in tradition for the Priest and Priestess, the story carries on around the powerful stone hindge and the sworn pledge that priest and priestess make to the gods to serve in this life time or in their next life time is shown and lived through out this book.
The story starts with Anderle - the Lady of Avalon - one who has visions from the gods of what is to come. Anderle fears from what one of her visions shows her so she runs off to her cousin Irnana to warn her and her husband of what faith lyes in wake for them. (Take note that Anderle and Irnana are cousins and are desendants of Micail (Osinarmen) and Tiriki (Eilantha))
As Anderle is explaining to her cousin that their viliage and their lives along with their son will end in death by fire, but as she speaks, the city is attacked with fire. Through faith of the gods, Anderle reaches Irnana's son Mikantor and escapes the wrath of the fire. Though her cousin's life and her cousin's vilage is ended, Anderle must protect Mikantor with her life because what her vision from the gods has shown her, he is the son of a hundred kings and will yeild the sword fit for a king and will heal their land. Note: son of a hundred kings - Micail is a son of a hundred kings
Anderle realizes that Mikantor will have many enemies trying to kill him even though he is only a few months old and she must hurry as fast as she can even though her own body tires from her own burden of being with child and near birthing her own child. Anderle suceeds in protecting Mikantor and passes him on to another village mother who has a baby and has enough milk for them both. Mikantor is left in the care of this foster mother and is disquised through out childhood by having his hair always died and is given a new name - woodpecker.
Through Mikantor's young age, Anderle watches him grow from afar because she doesn't want to give him a way to his enemies but once a certain age, Anderle arranges for Mikantor to be moved around from viliage to vilage to protect him - but as life takes a turn, his enemy finally captures him, however, the tables turn when his captures are more thirsty for greater goods than returning the young lad to their own master. Mikantor's adventure begins - you will have to read the story to find out what happens.
Did I forget - Anderle has her child - a girl named Tirilan who grows up to become a priestess and great healer. Note: Tiriki was a priestess and a great healer
I leave this quote from page 339/340 where Mikantor and Tirilan realize who they were in the past life - this happens while Mikantor is in so much pain from and while receiving tatoos on both arms of the dragons:
The rush of images began to focus to the memories of one lifetime, the one he needed to remember now.
He was rocking in a boat as the world exploded in fire and thunder, seeking something unimaginably precious that he had lost...He was standing in the ring of a great henge, singing to the stones...He was standing atop the Tor of Avalon, a bright-haired woman in his arms...
He opened his eyes, saw her gazing down at him. "Eilantha..." he whispered. her expression changed as confusion gave way to a dawning joy.
"Osinarmen..." she replied. "At last we have returned."
My favorite character is Velantos - the bastard son of the King of Tiryns, a Smith - also from the middle sea and northern lands. For not for Velantos, the sword fit for a king "Excalibur" would not of been forged. Of course through the gods and through Anderle Velantos task would not have been fulfilled. However, we have to add the curse that Velantos put on the sword - that the blade shall turn on its wielder if ever it is used to conquer instead of to defend - This is what starts the Ledgend of the sword "Excalibur"
With the making of "Excalibur" - the sword made from a meederite (steel metal), the Bronze Age ends and the Steel Age starts.
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Read information about the authorDiana L. Paxson (born 1943) is a novelist and author of nonfiction, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has also published nonfiction books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices.
In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over seventy short stories. Her best-known works are the Westria novels, and the later books in the Avalon series, which she first co-wrote with Marion Zimmer Bradley, then took over sole authorship of after Bradley's death.
Paxson was nominated for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards twice, in 1989 for the "White Raven" and in 1983 for "Lady of Light".
Paxson's non-fiction books include Taking Up the Runes, Essential Asatru, and Trance-Portation. She writes a regular column for the women's spirituality magazine, Sagewoman.
Paxson has been active in the leadership of a number of organizations. She hosted the first activities of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and was subsequently among that group's founding Directors and Corporate Officers when it incorporated. She was the western regional director of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and is a frequent panelist at science fiction conventions, especially Baycon, where she was the 2007 Fantasy Guest of Honor.
A leader in the Neopagan and Heathen revivals, Paxson is the founder of the The Fellowship of the Spiral Path and has served as First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess. She has been Steerswoman of the Heathen group, The Troth, a member of its Board of Directors, and currently edits its journal, Idunna. She is a pioneer in the revival of Oracular Seidh, which she has taught and performed at many Neopagan and heathen festivals and retreats.
She composes and plays music for the harp. She currently lives at her home, Greyhaven, in Berkeley, California.
More can be found on her blog: http://dpaxson.livejournal.com
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