Another prequel to Bradley’s bestselling feminist take on Arthurian legend.
This time the author traces the roots of the people of Avalon to—where else?—Atlantis, where the old religion thrived in an antediluvian paradise. The story begins as Micail, Prince and Priest of Attarath, seeks the meaning of the earthquakes troubling the volcanic island. Those wise in ancient lore foretell the doom of the island, just as the Ancient Land before their time sank into the waves. Taking with them the sacred Omphalos Stone, Micail and his wife Tiriki escape the disaster, and sail to a refuge prepared in the Isles of Tin. There, Tiriki takes the lead in the exiles’ dealings with the barbaric people of their new home, bringing them the benefits of civilization and of the Goddess. Meanwhile, Damissa, an acolyte who lost her betrothed in the Sinking, must find her own way in the new land they have come to.
For die-hard fans.