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What is the Truth? Truth Blackburn's father thought he knew what it was. Thorne Blackburn and his followers settled at Shadow's Gate, a magnificent old house in upstate New York, and sought the Truth about life through ritual and magic. One night, something went badly wrong during Thorne's most powerful ceremony. When the chaos had passed, Thorne had vanished, and Katherine, mother of Thorne's young daughter Truth, was dead. Thirty years later, Truth Blackburn searches for smaller truths: what really happened that night at Shadow's Gate? Did Thorne truly have magical powers? And what happened to her half-siblings, a boy and girl Truth last saw that horrible night when her mother died?
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9780312858810
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 24 cm.


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May 08, 2020

DNF @ 50%. This started out ok, but went nowhere fast. The edition I have is only 300 pages long, so you'd think I'd be able to push through, however around page 140 I found I was dreading opening the book back up and continuing, so I knew it was over. If you enjoy dinner parties with quirky people and strange names, and reading about a woman doing research in a library, well, by golly, this book is for you. That's all that happened in the first half of the book. The premise on the back makes you think it's about a haunted house, and a woman reconnecting with her dead mother and her missing father, when in reality, the main character, Truth, is as bland as chalk and doesn't really care about anyone or anything. Her aunt and caregiver of more than thirty years dies and she can't even summon up enough feeling to call her on the phone. She works at some college doing paranormal study but doesn't seem to find joy in that, either. Marion Zimmer Bradley describes Truth's haircut as 'sensible'at least three times in the first half of the book. Every single character is an admitted (by the author!!) cliche. There's zero magic, zero haunting, and filled with Truth wandering around the house, being angry at everyone, and leaving to go to the library. That's it. It's as if MZB just needed a paycheck and was dragging herself through writing this. The story isn't going anywhere, and I don't see the next 150 pages paying off or going any place I want it to go. This is a huge let-down, since I really, truly enjoyed Firebrand, but also DNF'd The Priestess of Avalon, and was hoping that Ghostlight would tip the balance back in her favor. Sadly, it didn't.

Dec 05, 2013

I love the Mists of Avalon. I love Marion Zimmer Bradley. And I even love her writing style. I did not however love this particular book. I believe that she wrote a rather perfect story, but there was a different kind of darkness here that I found too uncomfortable and disturbing. I experienced it through the entire book and was relieved when it was over. I still give it high stars in it's rating, she is truly a brilliant storyteller. There was a quality of "too plausible darkness" that this reader does not welcome in her life nor consider entertaining. I was surprised at my own reaction to this book.


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Truth Blackburn tries to prevent an occult ceremony, the same ceremony that killed her parents 20 years before.

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