Avalon by Anya Seton Summary ä 108

Summary Avalon by Anya Seton

Avalon by Anya Seton Summary ä 108 ↠ A novel of England during the Viking era from an author who “has vividly and colorfully portrayed life during the tumultuous Dark Ages” Historical Novels Review   The last uarter of the tenth century was a time of conflict and exploration—while the Anglo Saxons fought against the Vikings Norsemen voyagA novel of England during the Viking era from an author who “has vividly and colorfully portrayed life during the tumultuous Dark Ages” Historical Novels Review   The last uarter of the tenth century was a time of conflict and exploration while the Anglo Saxons fought against the Vikings Norsemen voyaged into the unknown looking for new lands to pillage and so discovered America   Prince Rumon of France descendant of Charlemagne and King Alfred was a searcher He had vision. Ehit was okay but not recommended unless you're a hardcore Seton fan spoilers ahead The story begins with Merewyn Rumon's time at the court of Edgar his son Edward roughly 970 80 AD The secret of Merewyn's non royal birth is a deathbed vow that Rumon carries only by accident; he's a petulant sanctimonious whinger who thinks entirely too much of his worth to God's creation Merewyn was likable though something of a dim bulb so she doesn't have much personality besides providing a bookmark for various historical settings Eventually she's captured by a shipload of Vikings one of which turns out to be her blood father and is forced to settle for life on Iceland Despite her misgivings she grows fond of her father marries his foster son Sigurd then moves with them to Erik the Red's colony in Greenland Several years later Rumon manages to find herbut now she's in love with Sigurd content with her lot so Rumon sulks away to become a monk Fast forward sixteen years widowed Merewyn is leaving Greenland with her kids She ends up married to a rich English dude we're treated to several episodic snapshots of Ethelred's reign at which point Rumon the Monk drops back into Merewyn's life somehow convincing her that his opinion matters she spends a few pages confessing that she's a Viking bastard The end YawnAt first I was intrigued by the story despite a meh pair of leads But the second half blows We don't see any of Merewyn's acclimation to Viking life the developing relationship with her father Sigurd or even the process of settlement on Greenland FAIL The episodic nature of the Viking section really soured my response to the entire story which sucks because I enjoyed the Viking parts that were included But in the aftermath of important character plot developments that were so heavily glossed I wasn't in the mood for Merewyn's meandering around England to highlight a parade of infodumps re Ethelred's reign The last 100 pages was a definite slog that inspired zero interest Anyway the first section managed to include some interesting bits about the Dark Ages peripherally the roots of the Greenland settlement I've read another novel about said doomed experiment The Thrall's Tale and really enjoyed it But The Thrall's Tale succeeded where Avalon failed that is crafting a brutal visceral story that centers on a small cast of characters as they survive an eually brutal visceral environment Avalon's scope was too broad too dry too much I AM HISTORYtm for genuine involvement I much prefer books that don't buff away the grittiness to flaunt a sheen of research beauteous language Sound grammar background is good yesbut vivid characters involving plot will trump the occasional linguistic wobble or bending of facts any day of the week

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He shameful secret of her birth He considers his responsibility ended At court he is dazzled by the beautiful ueen Alfrida but when a murderous truth is revealed he turns to Merewyn only to discover that he may have lost her And he will journey across the Atlantic to find her again      From the beloved bestselling author of Katherine and Dragonwyck this is a romantic tale of history and adventure “characterized by an authentic sense of time” The New York Times Book Revi. Avalon was my 3rd Seton novel and my least favorite of the threeEven a sub par Seton is a good read though Merewyn and Rumon both orphans of royal descent are on their way to the court of King Edgar Merewyn plans to live with her aunt Abbess of Romsey Rumon hopes to be given a place at courtBut Rumon carries a secret the truth of Merewyns birth She is not the descendant of Arthur as she was always told by her mother but the product of rape by a viking raider Her parentage will ultimately be the over riding force in her life and an important part of Rumons tooTheir fates are woven together and they will always be connectedI didn't like Rumons character I only liked Merewyn some of the time The constant hardships of the characters in this book just didn't effect me like I think they were supposed to because the characters weren't identifiable enough for me However I was as always impressed with Setons vast knowledge and her attention to accuracy I loved the bit of background on Erik the Red and Leif Erickson Overall an entertaining book If 12 stars were allowed I'd give this one 35 Since they're not I'm rounding up to 4 out of respect for Seton

Anya Seton ☆ 8 Free read

Avalon by Anya SetS of the Islands of the Blessed perhaps King Arthur’s Avalon “where falls not hail or rain or any snow”   Merewyn grew up in savage Cornwall a lonely girl sustained by stubborn courage and belief in her descent from great King Arthur Chance or fate in the form of a shipwreck off the Cornish coast brought Rumon and Merewyn together and from that hour their lives were intertwined   Bound by his vow to her dying mother Rumon brings Merewyn safely to England keeping hidden t. Avalon is my first Anya Seton read and it is set in 10th century England during the prevalent Viking raids and the ever present discord between Saxons and Danes It tells the story of a young nobleman from Provence who has a vision of Avalon and a Cornish girl who belatedly learns about her disreputable pedigree The two meet by chance after the former gets stranded off the Cornish coast on his way to King Edgar’s court and together they travel to England where their lives radically change along with the changes brought about by the country’s tumultous times I find the story slow moving and the characters a little uninteresting at first but once the historical events from the time of King Edgar whom I have no knowledge of to King Ethelred eventually unfolded and the female character Merewyn showed us a glimpse of what life in medieval Iceland and Greenland was like it became easier for me to appreciate the story I did like the ending for its realistic touch although it was sadder than I had expected