The Forest House

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction; Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley

In her 1982 blockbuster, The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley retold the legend of King Arthur from a woman’s point of view. Infusing The Forest House with the same magic, Bradley has created the prequel to her Arthurian tale. Set around a.d. 69, in what was then Britannia, the novel chronicles a period during the Roman occupation when most people were held captive by the conquerors but were still captivated by their native priest-rulers, the mystical Druids. Meticulously researched, The Forest House maintains a dark edge, staying true to the turbulent times. Bradley avoids the all-too-frequent fate of the historical- novel genre: collapsing into a soggy mess. B+

Originally posted May 20 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT

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