Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Forest House by Marion Zimmer Bradley

First sentence:

"A cold wind was whipping the torches into fiery tails."


"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. And 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."

My thoughts:

This book was a good mix of historical fiction and fantasy. I liked learning about the effects of Roman occupation in the British Isles and how local leaders either fought or tried to maintain some tentative peace. Gaius and Eilan's forbidden romance made a good backdrop to the Roman/Briton tensions at the time. I look forward to reading the first book in the series, The Mists of Avalon.

Date read: 12/20/2007
Book #: 110
Series: Avalon, #2
Challenge: 2nds Challenge
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Historical Fantasy

ISBN-10: 0451454243
ISBN-13: 9780451454249
Publisher: Roc Trade
Year: 1995
# of Pages: 417
Binding: Trade Paperback
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