Thursday, August 11, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Circle Cast by Alex Epstein (Blog Tour)

Title: The Circle Cast
Author: Alex Epstein | Author Website
Available: Now
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy/Historical

Description via Goodreads:

How did an exiled girl become the most powerful witch in legend? 

Britain, 480 AD. Saxon barbarians are invading, pushing the civilized British out of their own island. Morgan is the daughter of the governor of Cornwall. But when her father is murdered and her mother taken as the King's new wife, she has to flee to Ireland to avoid being murdered herself. 

But Ireland is no refuge. She's captured in a slave raid and sold to a village witch. As Morgan comes of age, she discovers her own immense magical powers. She falls in love with a young Irish chieftain, and makes him powerful. 

But will her drive for revenge destroy her one chance for love and happiness?

My thoughts:

The Circle Cast speculates about what the life of Morgan Le Fay may have been like and what events lead to her legend becoming what it is today. As a huge fan of historical fiction, especially historical fiction that encompasses folklore and it’s characters, The Circle Cast was a big hit with me. It was like getting a story within a story.

Morgan, originally known as Anna, flees her home after her father is killed by a man desperate for both power and Anna’s mother. The story takes place over many years of Morgan/Anna's life beginning when she is just 11 years old. When she leaves her home and sets out for Ireland she never expects to become a slave, a faux Christian, or the powerful figure she eventually evolves into. Her path is cluttered with numerous obstacles which just makes her tale even more engrossing. Her will to survive, even if it was driven by revenge, is powerful and guaranteed to pack an emotional punch. 

I’ll admit this isn’t a time period I have read much from. It dates back much farther than my normal reading choices. Diving into The Circle Cast with it’s references to history, religion, and lore from so many different places and cultures was both enlightening and refreshing. I enjoyed every moment I spent familiarizing myself with Morgan and the world she lived in. This is a book that will make readers long for more knowledge about the characters. I don’t know about you, but any book that can make me Google will always hold a special place on my bookshelf.

While The Circle Cast is technically Young Adult I feel it can easily appeal to even exclusive readers of adult fiction who enjoy folklore and history.

My Rating:

Giveaway Details:

4 e-books are for grabs over the course of the blog tour. 

1 winner will be chosen each week.
Follow The Circle Cast Blog Tour & comment for your chance to win!


  1. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  2. This story sounds really good! Would love to read it!


  3. I'm intrigued!

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  4. I love, love the sound of this book. And indeed if a books makes you want to google to find more about characters etc. it must be really good. haven't heard lots about this book, but I'm so adding it to my tbrlist. ;)Great review.

  5. Witches, Ireland, magic...sounds like a fascinating world.