Books by Diana L. Paxson

DIANA PAXSON has spent the last decade and more writing pseudonymously as Marion Zimmer Bradley or "in collaboration with" Marion Zimmer Bradley. She had full author credit on the last one, Ancestors of Avalon, which made the NYT extended list. Paxson is


THE GOLDEN HILLS OF WESTRIA by Diana L. Paxson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Should please Westria loyalists. Others will find it clogged with recycled Native-American folklore and beliefs, syrupy with New Age folderol and seeming hundreds of pages longer than it should be."
After dallying with Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon (2004), Paxson returns to her longstanding series about a post-apocalyptic/alternate-world California (The Jewel of Fire, etc.). Read full book review >
MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY’S ANCESTORS OF AVALON by Diana L. Paxson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2004

"For die-hard fans."
Another prequel to Bradley's bestselling feminist take on Arthurian legend. Read full book review >
PRIESTESS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A guilty pleasure for ancient-history buffs, and a sure hit for the goddess crowd."
King Arthur goes New Age in the latest offering from Bradley (Traitor's Son, 1998, etc.), who has made a career of smoothing down the sharp corners of the Round Table for her matriarchal fans. Read full book review >
MASTER OF EARTH AND WATER by Diana L. Paxson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Overall, an unusually good Celtic fantasy: it's sometimes prone to bathos—Fionn often pauses in the midst of dramatic events to ponder some mundane question—but the high points of the story sing, and leave the reader with an appetite for the volumes to follow."
Paxson has carved out her niche in fantasy with recastings of Tristan and Isolde in The White Raven (1988), and King Lear in The Serpent's Tooth (1991). Read full book review >
THE WOLF AND THE RAVEN by Diana L. Paxson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 27, 1993

"Wodan's eye."
Another Paxson rattle and roll of a cluster of ancient tales and myths. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT'S TOOTH by Diana L. Paxson
Released: July 16, 1991

"Perhaps, then, a reasonable selection for the Marion Zimmer Bradley crew, but by no means a standout."
Retreading ancient legend for the modern British mytho- fantasy fiction devotee is Paxson's specialty (e.g., The White Raven, 1988, a return to the saga of Tristan and Iseult); this time out, she's tracking down the Lear story, first amid dusty tomes like Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of England, and then in her own busy imagination. Read full book review >