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Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati

The Story

Synopsis of Clytemnestra from the publisher:

CLYTEMNESTRA by Costanza Casati

Madeline Miller’s Circe meets Cersei Lannister in a stunning debut following Clytemnestra, the most notorious heroine of the ancient world and the events that forged her into the legendary queen.

As for queens, they are either hated or forgotten. She already knows which option suits her best…

You were born to a king, but you marry a tyrant. You stand by helplessly as he sacrifices your child to placate the gods. You watch him wage war on a foreign shore, and you comfort yourself with violent thoughts of your own. Because this was not the first offence against you. This was not the life you ever deserved. And this will not be your undoing. Slowly, you plot.

But when your husband returns in triumph, you become a woman with a choice.

Acceptance or vengeance, infamy follows both. So, you bide your time and force the gods’ hands in the game of retribution. For you understood something long ago that the others never did.

If power isn’t given to you, you have to take it for yourself.


Book friends have I got a Greek Mythological recommendation for you!

If you are a fan of Madeline Miller or Jennifer Saint, then make sure to add Costanza Casati to the list be Clytemnestra is a novel you won’t want to miss.

Whenever you think of Greek Mythology your mind may take you down the rabbit hole of gods and goddesses, and the “heroes” poets have written into legend. More often than not, the women of these stories are left in the margins or are completely erased. But the epic poets have long been dead, and their stories can be retold with fresh voices that have never been heard.

A Few More Thoughts

Give me a story that frames female characters in a humanistic and feminist way and publishers are guaranteed a preorder from this reader. And Casati’s Clytemnestra is a sweeping force of a novel. Brimming with vengeance, a mother’s wrath, and political intrigue, Casati tells a story about the women of Greece and one woman in particular who would not be forgotten.

With beautifully written prose from beginning to end, Casati’s Clytemnestra embodies the Furies themselves in this mesmerizing tale of a mother, monarch, and murderer.

Go preorder this book.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked


Content Warning

Please be aware of the following content information before reading:

This book discusses rape, murder of children, gore, death, and violence.

Publication Details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
7-Mar-23978-1728268231448Sourcebooks LandmarkAdultNetGalley, Digital ARCNovember 8, 2022

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