Throwback Thursday – The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley


Renee began Throwback Thursday at Its Book Talk as a way to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books that she wants to read that were published over a year ago. Books that were published over a year ago are almost always easier to find at libraries or at a discounted sale price. As I have been sifting through my TBR list and purging those books that no longer hold my interest, I came across several from years past that I’d love to share with you!



Title: The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Published: April 12th, 1984

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.12


Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come….

Not much of a description, right? For a nearly 900 page book I expected a little more information in that blurb.

“There is no such thing as a true tale. Truth has many faces and the truth is like to the old road to Avalon; it depends on your own will, and your own thoughts, whither the road will take you.” 


4841825Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley’s first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about “the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be.” Her first novel and much of her subsequent work show their influence strongly. (from Goodreads)


Now, usually at this point I give a few links on where to find this book online should you care to purchase it. For this particular book I will not be doing that. You see, in 2014 this author was posthumously accused of sexual child abuse by her own daughter. I chose this book today to bring attention to that. This is a book that has been read by so many through the years and is a favorite to many. I wanted to simply shine a light on the author’s history to make people aware of Bradley’s past. The key to making an intelligent decision, even in choosing your reading material, is being informed.

The publisher, Ballantine, announced that any further sales of this book or any of Bradley’s books going forward will be donated to the charity Save the Children.

2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    1. It’s a bit of a shock, isn’t it? I’ve seen this book all over the place since I was old enough to notice books but I only recently learned about her past. I’ll be honest, it was distressing. Since I learned about this I’ve started looking into a brief background of authors I’m interested in just to see if something like this pops up. I as a person and a mother do not want to support a book or an author that is accused of things like this.


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