She was Eilan, the daughter of a Druidic warleader and gifted with visions. In a land struggling to survive both Roman conquerors and her own people's enemies, surely fate had marked her to become a priestess of the Forest House.
But first Eilan had chosen a different, forbidden path - to love Gaius, a soldier of mixed blood among the legions sent to subdue her country. So she must hide a terrible secret when she is anointed as the new High Priestess. With mighty enemies poised to usurp the wealth of magic the Forest House sheltered, Eilan could only trust in the power of the great Goddess to find her destiny amidst the treacherous labyrinth in which fate had placed her.
©1994 Marion Zimmer Bradley (P)2010 Tantor
"With the sure touch of one at ease in sketching out mystic travels.... Bradley writes with an unhurried pace and uncluttered staging." (Kirkus Review)
I found the narrator's male voices irritating because they all sounded pompous and old. You don't have to try and sound like a man if you're reading a male character's speech.
"Re-recorded and highly effective"
This is not a reissue/transfer of the unabridged cassette tapes that were originally produced. Everything about this new recording is outstanding. Rosalyn Landor is an absolutely, perfectly beautiful interpreter of these characters and words. In fact, she's so wonderful, I wish she had also been engaged to rerecord The Mists of Avalon as well; she is really *that* good! This story, though slighter than Mists, is a wonderful tale and forerunner to the main novel of the saga. If you've heard the cassettes and haven't really cared for them, I urge to you get this new recording and hear this beautiful story for the "first time."
Good story, a little slow in places, but still held interest.
Good ending, and leads you into the next book.
"Good story, stay with it and you will enjoy it"
Yes, it is a large book and has a lot of details to get through in the first 5 chapters. If Rosalyn Landor had not made it so easy to stay with it, I may not have finished it. But after those first 5 chapters you have a great understanding of what is happening, time frame, and the lead people in the book. Then it gets good and I am going to read the next one of these books.
She has a rich and engaging way of sharing a story that makes you feel like you are experiencing it. Very easy to listen to and like I stated above, without her reading this story I would have put it down.
Beltane, The Lady
Problem I have is finding out which is the next real book in this as there are two with Avalon that could be the next one. It is important with this novel to stay with the time frame so if you could make that happen it would be a great improvement. You have the series which are numbered, but the confusion is with the Lady of Avalon and the final book as the producer's information doesn't tell you where in the timeline they fall.
All the male caracters sound old and pompous regardless of age. A big big negative!
"Could only stand it for 20 minutes"
The narrator was so annoying I just couldn't take it. The women's lines sound like men, and men's lines sound like old nuns. egad.
The Forest House was excellent. One can see within this story the culmination of that which will be the Mists of Avalon.
"Awesome book, narcoleptic reading..."
I read the book years ago and it is amazing and a great prequal to the Mists of Avalon. The woman reading though, put me out within 3 minutes every time I pressed play. Of course I'd read/listen to another book by Marion Zimmer Bradley, but not if Rosalyn Landor's name is attached to it.
Her voice just made me sleepy.
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