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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (998 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana L. Paxson Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781400181872
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Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted millions of readers over the years and is sure to please Bradley's loyal readership and anyone who loves wonderfully told stories of history, myth, and fantasy. A boy raised in secret after traitors kill his parents will return to Avalon-and when he does, he'll be faced with a formidable task: to prove his worth as a son of the kings and priestesses of his land and lead his followers to victory, wielding the newly forged sword Excalibur. Download and start listening now!

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  • The intensity of [Raver's] narration rises and falls with the drama of the plot. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/17/2014

    " This was definitely the best of the Paxson books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/14/2014

    " I know I like a book and really want to know how it ends when I stay up past midnight on a work night to finish it. I enjoyed the story of how Excalibur was made, and it was fun to see the connections between all the other books. The Avalon series is fun to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/5/2014

    " Truly a brilliant sequel to M.Z. Bradley's Avalon series. It's the series I reread over and over again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayme(the ghost reader) | 2/1/2014

    " I decided to read this series chronologically rather than publication date. I thought the series would run smoother. Well it didn't. I read Mists of Avalon awhile back. Though the book was one thousand pages long, it flowed well. With Ancestors of Avalon, it was harder to get into but overall, I still liked the book. I think since Diana Paxon has taken over Marion Zimmerman Bradley's legacy, the flow isn't as smooth. For Sword of Avalon, it was incredibly difficult to follow the story. The book skipped like fifteen years without any setup and I felt I was just skimming the book to get the reading done. It is a shame because I like the Arthurian tales and I wanted to like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 1/11/2014

    " I'm not too disappointed with Paxson's efforts. She's still not Marion Zimmer Bradley, but it was a pretty good read and lots of historical detail as always. Interesting story on the forging of Excaliber, she's keeping up the series pretty well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Hood | 1/8/2014

    " This is an excellent continuation of the Mists of Avalon series telling about the creation of ex caliber. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 1/8/2014

    " A great addition to the series with the history of Excalibur explained...loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/29/2013

    " I truly believe that when Diana Paxson writes an Avalon book she channels Marion Zimmer Bradley! Another amazing and truly enjoyable read. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 12/28/2013

    " More guilty pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 12/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed this tale, hope that there will be more from Diana in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wynne | 10/11/2013

    " Diane L. Paxson is not a Marion Zimmer Bradley but close enough for me to enjoy her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Roberts | 3/21/2013

    " The story of how Excalibur was made with the Goddess thrown in. I enjoy the stories, yet feel that characters are just being added to feed off the Avalon link "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/10/2012

    " Pre-Arthurian story of the forging of Excaliber. Well done historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/28/2012

    " 4 1/2 I love just about any story about Avalon. This one did not disappoint me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichol Barnett | 5/27/2012

    " If anyone could continue this series it is Diana Paxon. Wonderful read; could not put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shilo | 4/20/2012

    " I just couldn't get into this book and never finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandria | 3/23/2012

    " Okay, not as good as Mists of Avalon, but I still loved Sword of Avalon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristyn Jensen | 5/18/2011

    " This wasn't one of my favorites, but the story ofthe forging of the sword was passionate, almost erotic. It was beautifully written and compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 2/2/2011

    " I'm not too disappointed with Paxson's efforts. She's still not Marion Zimmer Bradley, but it was a pretty good read and lots of historical detail as always. Interesting story on the forging of Excaliber, she's keeping up the series pretty well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/2/2011

    " This was definitely the best of the Paxson books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristyn | 12/11/2010

    " This wasn't one of my favorites, but the story ofthe forging of the sword was passionate, almost erotic. It was beautifully written and compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 11/22/2010

    " I know I like a book and really want to know how it ends when I stay up past midnight on a work night to finish it. I enjoyed the story of how Excalibur was made, and it was fun to see the connections between all the other books. The Avalon series is fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/12/2010

    " Pre-Arthurian story of the forging of Excaliber. Well done historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/25/2010

    " I truly believe that when Diana Paxson writes an Avalon book she channels Marion Zimmer Bradley! Another amazing and truly enjoyable read. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/5/2010

    " The story of how Excalibur was made with the Goddess thrown in. I enjoy the stories, yet feel that characters are just being added to feed off the Avalon link "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wynne | 4/18/2010

    " Diane L. Paxson is not a Marion Zimmer Bradley but close enough for me to enjoy her writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon | 3/3/2010

    " I couldn't even get through this one. I rarely put a book down that I've started reading -- I like to self-inflict pain like that, I guess -- but this one just never caught my attention and the writing was not as good as others in the series. Disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shilo | 2/24/2010

    " I just couldn't get into this book and never finished it. "

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About the Author
Author Diana L. Paxson

Diana L. Paxson has spent more than a decade writing under the pseudonym Marion Zimmer Bradley or in collaboration with Bradley. She has authored numerous books, including The Golden Hills of Westria. Paxson is also a founder of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fifrteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.