Avalon: Web of Magic is a series of children's fantasy novels written by Rachel Roberts, loosely based on the ideas from Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. The first installment, Circles in the Stream, was originally published in 2001. After its publisher went out of business in 2005, without publishing the last two books, the series was in limbo until Seven Seas Entertainment picked it up in late 2006. Seven Seas republished all twelve books, revised by the author and with new covers and illustrations. The series has also been adapted into a three-volume OEL manga.According to the website, "Avalon: Web of Magic is a sweeping series of young adult fantasy novels...[that] features a magical and adventurous storyline, with positive messages...[and] supports a continuing story arc starring three teenage girls and their animal friends, that centers on themes of friendship, triumph over adversity and love for nature." (TL;DR: Three twelve-year-old girls find magic jewels, bond with magical animals, and become mages who must defend Earth and the magical worlds from a power-hungry Big Bad. This boils down to trying to find the lost home of all magic, Avalon, before the Big Bad does.Basically, take any Magical Girl show, subtract the cute costumes, transformation sequences, and monster-of-the-week format, and add a green theme and loads of cute fuzzy animals.
Alpha Bitch: Kara is a subversion. She's a popular blonde cheerleader fashionista with a catty girl posse, but Kara herself isn't exactly cruel, and she gets some depth and character development as the series goes on.
Deconstruction: Despite it's claim of having "positive" messages, the series is clearly one of these; in this case of similar book series with similar themes, with the characters' Genre Blindness, its Darker and Edgier plot, its priority focus on the characters' personal problems (and their arguing), and its nearDowner Ending.
Demoted to Extra: Zach had a big role in Cry of the Wolf and it seemed he would be important from then-on, but he hasn't shown up much or done anything important since then. He may play a bigger part in Shadow Warrior, but this has yet to be seen.
Downer Ending: In Dark Mage, Ozzie dies, Emily turns evil, the Dark Sorceress enters Avalon and closes the Gates behind her, and the Spider Witch re-weaves the web so she can control it. Yeah, that qualifies.
Silvan after their group was betrayed and she turned into the Spider Witch.
Fake Band: B* Tween, who were Defictionalized when some of "their" songs were released in the early 2000s to promote the book series.
Fantastic Science: For a fantasy world, there's quite an number of research laboratories.
Forgot About His Powers: Adriane and Kara supposedly learned to play nice and get along in Spellsinger, when their bickering (caused by magical mind control) almost let the bad guys win. In Dark Mage, when they have yet another fight, neither considers that the other is being mind-controlled (surprise: both are), and they're too busy fighting with each other to stop the Big Bad from winning for real.
Freudian Trio: The three main characters: Kara is the Id, Adriane is the Superego and Emily is the Ego.
Genre Blindness: Does anyone ever say "Gee guys, Character X is sure acting strangely. I wonder, since we're in a story where mind control magic and shapeshifters exist, if they're under some sort of spell or are being impersonated by a monster in disguise."? No. Never.
Magical Native American: Gran, with her fortune cookie sayings. Her granddaughter Adriane too, being the warrior, who bonds with wolves, can travel the astral planes in spirit form, and her element is earth.
Mind Rape: Done a lot by the Dark Sorceress, although they all fail when she tries to turn the mages into the Dark Mage. The Spider Witch succeeds where she failed.
Moe Stare: Everyone but Adriane in the manga. At least until she got hit by a love spell.
Mother Nature, Father Science: The manga. Nature-and-emotions mage magic (practiced by the three female main characters) vs. logic-and-precision Warlock magic (practiced by the male Donovan). Of the two male mages in the novels, one never shows up in the manga at all and the other is just the comic relief sidekick.
And in the books, there's the arcane arts. Essentially the same as warlock magic.
Orwellian Retcon: Switching publishers to Seven Seas Entertainment let the author fix some of the problems with the series. The last two books avert this by not being published before the previous publisher went belly-up.