In the dark days after the bloodshed at the Forest House, the Britons who guard the old ways retreat ever further from the world. Safe in the mists that protect the sacred isle of Avalon, Druids and priestesses wait and prepare down ten generations for the Defender who will come. For Caillean the enemies are twofold; the Romans, with their stone cities and foreign gods; and the growing bigotry of the Christians who share the Lady's sanctuary. And though it is told salvation will come through the union of her beloved Gawen, son of a hundred kings, and Sianna of the old people, the way lies not through victory, but sacrifice. Two hundred years later, Dierna finds she must turn to the old foe in her struggle against a new threat. Yet in striving to keep Rome's British resources for the country's own protection, may not her meddling in men's affair hasten the fall of the empire itself and damage Avalon? And Viviane faces desperate times indeed, for the last flicker of Rome is failing fast, and the Saxons ride roughshod over peoples and promises alike. But there is hope even in this extremity, for a Merlin is made among the Druids once more, and the day of the Defender, so long foretold, draws close. A spellbinding historical fantasy Lady Of Avalon links Marion Zimmer Bradley's bestselling novels The Forest House and The Mists of Avalon.