Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Sword of Avalon

Sword of Avalon (Avalon #7)Sword of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It is always an illusion to believe that the book is written by Marion Zimmer Bradley, but her name is just in the idea behind the book. It is obvious when reading it that the author can't be her: Diana Paxson, for how good is she and how honorable work she is doing is not able to catch the atmosphere that the Bradley was able to recreate.
This book presents the background story behind the "legendary sword of Avalon", that is, Excalibur.
It is interesting that the origin is connected to ancient Greece and it is a very interesting historical moment, between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, that is taken as reference point for the sword's history.
The characters lack the depth, the interior development and the charm of the Bradley's characters, although they are the typical Avalon's inhabitants. The Priestess of Avalon with her powers, fighting between visions, duty and wishes, the rebel girl, the hero and the villain.
It is a pity that the book gets a bit trivial, but it is always nice to drown in the Avalon world, afterall.

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