Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Clytemnestra's Bind

Queen Clytemnestra's world shatters when Agamemnon, a rival to the throne of Mycenae, storms her palace, destroys her family and claims not only the throne but Clytemnestra herself.
Tormented by her loss, she vows to do all she can to protect the children born from her unhappy marriage to Agamemnon. But when her husband casts his ruthless gaze towards the wealthy citadel of Troy, his ambitions threaten, once more, to destroy the family Clytemnestra loves.
From one of Greek mythology's most reviled characters—a woman who challenged the absolute power of men—comes this fiery tale of power, family rivalry and a mother's burning love.

Clytemnestra's Bind
The House of Atreus, #1
Susan C. Wilson
Mythology | Retelling
15 June 2023
319 Pages

My Rating ~ 4 bites

Queen Clytemnestra was ruling Mycenae with her husband Tantalus when a blood feud tears her world apart. At the mercy of her new husband, she is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Until she isn’t.

Wow. Greek mythology is pretty brutal, amirite? Clytemnestra may be Queen, but her life sucks. She had a pretty normal and loving childhood, but after marrying Tantalus, who is a decent husband, her life becomes a literal nightmare. Agamemnon is a total asshat in every way possible. Honestly, I would have just slowly poisoned him until he croaked. But that’s just me. This is a hard story to read. It is cruel and barbaric. I waffled between hating it and loving it. So it definitely brings the feels. Just be prepared to have your heart ripped out. That’s all I’m saying.

Susan C. Wilson is a working-class Scottish writer. Her lifelong passion for ancient Greece was ignited as a child by stumbling across stories of gods and heroes in the dictionary. She loves to explore what makes us human: the eternal motivations, desires and instincts that cross time and place.

She has a degree in journalism from Napier University and, in preparation for writing her novels, gained a diploma in classical studies from the Open University. Clytemnestra’s Bind, her debut novel, was long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2019. It is the first in The House of Atreus trilogy and will be published by Neem Tree Press in June 2023 (April 2024 for the US).

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