SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019
Woman. Witch. Myth. Mortal. Outcast. Lover. Destroyer. Survivor. CIRCE.
In the home of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is a atypical child – now not powerful and terrible, like her father, nor gorgeous and mercenary like her mother. Scorned and rejected, Circe grows up within the shadows, at home in neither the sector of gods or mortals. But Circe has a dark power of her own: witchcraft. When her gift threatens the gods, she is banished to the island of Aiaia where she hones her occult craft, casting spells, gathering atypical herbs and taming wild beasts. Yet a woman who stands on my own is not left in peace for long – and among her island’s guests is an unexpected visitor: the mortal Odysseus, for whom Circe will risk the whole lot.
So Circe sets forth her tale, a vivid, mesmerizing epic of circle of relatives rivalry, love and loss – the defiant, inextinguishable song of woman burning hot and bright throughout the darkness of a man’s world.
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