Daneet Steffens
May 20, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Forest House

Current Status
In Season
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Historical Fiction, Fiction

We gave it a B+

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+

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