An inventive, passionate, and unexpectedly delicious retelling of the Arthur legend. I am not a devoted MZB fan (in fact, I found the other books in this series to be painfully unreadable) but she channeled something when she wrote Mists of Avalon. Although the writing can verge on purple at times, overall, this is an engrossing read (don't let the the size deter you!). Readers looking for courtly love or pre-Christian Grail drama will be disappointed: MZB looks at the women of the Arthurian stories and envisions what their lives were like. It's dramatic and ordinary and sexy and grotesque; there's religion and politics and the very real effects of war.