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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; 1 edition (June 5 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461537
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Joseph Hancock on March 9 2014
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Like all of the Zimmer Bradley books it verges on being a masterpiece and takes you to a world we lost long ago...The Mists of Avalon is a true masterpiece...this is a companion work...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28 1998
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Usually if MZB writes it, I love it. Unfortunately, that isn't the case with The Forest House. I're read Mists of Avalon at least 15 times over the years and will certainly read it 15 more, but the only reason I would read The Forest House again would be to confirm how truly mediocre it is. The concept of the book is wonderful and leaves MZB plenty of room for character development, social commentary, and plotting. However, the book only deliver social commentary. Eilan and Gaius, the main characters, just aren't believable. They meet and fall in love immediately, for no apparent reason. Eilan is supposed to become the High Priestess to take control back from the Druids, but she seems to go along with her grandfather, the Arch-Druid, just as her predecessor did. Gaius seems to be an idealistic young Roman who would risk everything for Eilan, but he caves in to his father's pressure and marries a Roman instead. Nothing seems to follow. The beginning and the ending of the book are the best parts; however, the entire body doesn't bear much relationship to those parts. Since I had put off reading this book for months until a time that I could immerse myself in it and a rereading of Mists, discovering that Forest House is so weak has been a real disappointment. This would be a fine effort for a first-time author, but pretty lame for MZB.
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this prequel is still excellent.
The story is set in the days of Roman occupation of Britain. Gaius, a young Roman officer and son of the local Roman commandant with his British wife has met and fallen in love with Eilan, the daughter of a powerful Druid family. Neither family approves of the match and forces the two apart. For the rest of their lives they met again and again only to be torn apart. Ultimately their unfulfilled love sets the stage for the events in MISTS OF AVALON.
The story is again told, at least in part, from a feminine point of view. As in MISTS there is a greek tragedy feel of unescapable doom. The characters are engaging and 'feel real', the plot is compeling making this a book that is hard to put down. It does not quite live up to MISTS due at least in part, to its more simplistic story line. Unlike MISTS' numerous story lines THE FOREST HOUSE focuses on Eilan and Gaius with Caillean, a priestess of the Forest House filling in gaps. This prequel is also significantly shorter. Still for any fan of MISTS OF AVALON this is a must read and would be enjoyable on its own as well.
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By Jill Elaine Hughes on May 31 2004
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This is a gorgeously written book, and I've been reading Marian Zimmer Bradley's work for years. It's not quite up to snuff with her masterpiece THE MISTS OF AVALON (for which it is a prequel) but it is still a gorgeously written, feminist examination of the conflict between Druidic and Roman cultures in early Britain. I recommend reading it after you read THE MISTS OF AVALON, because you'll get more out of this book and also color what you learned in MISTS in sharper focus.
I also recommend reading one of Zimmer Bradley's early novels, THE FALL OF ATLANTIS, which was recently put back into print by Baen Books. THE FOREST HOUSE alludes to Atlantean culture as an ancient source for Druidism, and if you've read THE FALL OF ATLANTIS, you'll pick up on some of that. It's cool to see how Zimmer Bradley's books fit together, even if they were written thirty years apart.
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Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Forest House" is a prequel to her bestselling Arthurian novel, "The Mists of Avalon." Both novels revolve around the goddess religion in early Britain. "The Forest House," set in 1st century Roman ruled Britannia, is the home of Druidic priestesses who keep the ancient rites of learning, healing, and magic lore. Ms. Bradley writes of the Roman conquest of Celtic Britain and the political and religious implications of the occupation. Roman rule also impacted the role of women in Britain. Goddess worship, women's freedom and power waned under the Romans. This novel gives the author's historical version of Avalon and the Lady of the Lake.
Eilan, the daughter of a Druidic warrior and granddaughter of Ardanos, Arch-Druid of Britannia, is gifted with the "sight" and has longed to serve the Goddess as a healer-priestess in the Forest House. She meets and falls in love with Gauis, a half Roman-half British youth, and son of the Roman Prefect Macellius Severus, second-in-command in Britainnia. They want to marry but are forbidden. Heartbroken, Eilan fulfills her original wish and dedicates herself to the Lady. Ms. Bradley blends a fascinating story with accurate research to give the reader a good picture of early Britain and the various political, cultural and religious factions, both local and Roman, which vied for power there.
Bradley's narrative is clear and her plot is believable, as are her characters. I prefer "The Mists of Avalon," not just because of the subject matter, but because the plot and characters are more complex. However, this is a solid novel with a sound plot and worth the read.
JANA
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