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Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

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Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (♦♦♦♦)

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In 1708, upon the declaration that Scotland is going to become a part of England, Scottish nobles plan an insurrection to bring back to Scotland their exiled, rightful king, young James Stewart, who has been bidding his time in the French court in Saint-Germain since his mother spirited him away when a child to save both their lives.
In the Scottish north, the castle of Slains—home to the countess of Errol and her son the earl-- serves as scenario to the encounters and preparations before the expedition that would bring king James back to claim his throne.
Young Sophia Paterson has recently arrived to live at Slains at the countess’ invitation. Sophia narrates the story of the plotting and maneuvering to neutralize Queen Anne’s spies and successfully organize the mission. Amidst the war games, Sophia falls in love with a Scottish colonel--envoy and protégé of Queen Mary—, who has a massive prize on his head.
In present day, historical fiction writer Carrie McClellan is writing a book on …