Can you believe it’s Friday already? Where has the week gone?!
Book Beginnings on Fridays
Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I read this book years ago. And then I read it again. And again. I was totally hooked on the legend of King Arthur.
The Mists of Avalon is told from the perspective of the women behind the power. Arthur’s half-sister Morgaine has always been portrayed as evil and manipulative for her own ends. Here she is the victim of the manipulation of others.
The Mists of Avalon tells a magical story of the rise and fall of King Arthur and the people behind him.
From the Prologue:
In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen. Now, in truth I have come to be wise-woman, and a time may come when thee things may need to be known. But in sober truth, I think it is the Christians who will tell the last tale. For ever the world of Fairy drifts further from the world in which Christ holds sway. I have no quarrel with the Christ, only with his priests, who call the Great Goddess a demon and deny that she ever held power in this world.
The Friday 56
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.
Here’s a blurb from page 54.
If she went on tossing about like this, Igraine thought, Gorlois would wake. If she wept, he would wish to know why. And what could she tell him? Silently Igraine slid from the bed, wrapped her long cloak about her naked body, and went to sit by the remnants of the dying fire. Why, she wondered, staring into the flames, should the Merlin of Britain, Druid priest, advisor of kings, Messenger of the Gods, meddle this way in the affairs of a young woman’s life? For that matter, what was a Druid priest doing as king’s councillor at a court supposedly Christian?
If I think the Merlin is so wise, why am I not willing to do his will?
I wanted to blog about this book as a lead-in to my upcoming review on King Arthur Legend of the Sword movie.