What is The Avalon Archive?
The Avalon Archive is a blog maintained by Jacquesworth (and formerly SuzieQ) dedicated to the Avalon: Web of Magic book series by Rachael Roberts, and the animated series based on the books. It originally focused on changes between the original and revised editions of the books, and their connection to Princess Gwenevere/Starla and the Jewel Riders, a cartoon series they were loosely based on; however, we’ve branched out to general news on the series and fandom, along with recaps of other fantasy and sci-fi books.
Hold on – what do you mean by original and revised editions?
The first edition of Avalon: Web of Magic was originally published in 2002. That edition is incomplete: the publisher went out of business sometime after Book 11 (Dark Mage) was announced. When the series was republished in 2008, the books were revised and re-edited. Some plot holes were corrected, among other things. The series was then edited again for its later e-book release.
So which edition is canon?
The revised edition. It’s the only version that’s complete.
What is this Jewel Riders show you speak of?
Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (Starla outside of the US) was a cartoon that aired in the mid-’90s. It involved three teenage girls with magical jewels and animal friends on a quest to save the kingdom of Avalon. (Gee, that sounds familiar.) The CEO of Red Sky Entertainment (which owns the rights to Avalon) was the creator of Jewel Riders, which explains why the two series are similar.
Will you also cover Avalon: Shadow Warrior?
Of course! I will cover Avalon: Shadow Warrior whenever it’s published.
When will Avalon: Shadow Warrior be released?
Honestly? I have no idea.
When will the Avalon animated series be released?
No exact date is set, but the producers (voyager.world) claim that they are shooting for a September release.
What other books have you recapped?
Current and previous non-Avalon recap projects:
- Fire and Thorns (dropped — I got bored)
- Spirit Animals (complete through the first story arc)
- The Grisha (ongoing)
I also liveblog books on the Avalon Archive Tumblr. Just be warned: you’ll also run into spoilers for current recap projects and posts on my off-topic obsessions there.
How do you choose which books to recap?
Whenever I finish a recap project, I post a poll listing all the books I read while the project was ongoing. Most of the books will be fantasy, sci-fi, or historical fiction with 50% or more female POV characters. Whichever book gets the most votes will be the one I recap next.