Stand Alone Fantasy Titles, August 2012
The legendary tale of Camelot gets an intriguing spin in the deft hands of Marian Zimmer Bradley. While the saga of Uther Pendragon and his son Arthur cover the span of the novel, the attention is more focused on the women of Camelot, particularly Arthur's half-sister, Morgaine. The work is romantic, epic, and emotional, and there is no straight-forward good and evil. Bradley weaves a careful tale of majesty and colors her cast in shades of grey, and it is a crowning achievement, not just of Arthurian retelling, but of fantasy. Yes, there are sequels that were eventually written nearly a decade later but it is a work that easily stands on its own.