Saturday, March 11, 2023

Five novels featuring witchcraft

Emilia Hart grew up in Australia and studied English Literature at university before training as a lawyer.

Weyward is her debut novel.

At CrimeReads Hart tagged five novels featuring witchcraft, including:
Circe by Madeline Miller

Witch lit blends beautifully with mythology in Miller’s lyrical novel about the infamous sorceress from The Odyssey. Circe, child of a god and a nymph, is lonely and unloved from birth (her parents wanted a son, but concede she might be traded in marriage for “something better”). An encounter with Prometheus sparks her curiosity of mortals, and through her transformation of fisherman into a god (he later leaves her for the nymph Scylla, who Circe turns into a monster for revenge)— she discovers that she is a pharmakis. A witch. The gods punish her for the possession of a “power greater than their own” and she is banished to live alone on an island, Aiaia. There, she hones her craft. By the time Odysseus and his men wash up on her shoes, she is at the height of her powers—but their union will have devastating consequences. Miller imbues the old story of Odysseus’ marooning on Aiaia with new magic, crafting an unforgettable heroine in the process.
Read about another entry on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue