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Clytemnestra’s Bind by Susan C. Wilson Book Tour


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Clytemnestra’s Bind by Susan C. Wilson
 

Blurb for 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.


 

Book Review for Clytemnestra’s Bind


Thank you to Netgalley and Neem Tree Press for providing me with a copy of this book! I voluntarily leave this review!


The prelude to Clytemnestra’s Bind immediately sets the overall tone of the book. Readers will lay witness to the atrocities leading to the family curse, and the seemingly never-ending cycle of revenge. What begins as a horrific meal unfolds into a tale of brutality and neglect as Agamemnon reclaims his father’s throne and disposes of almost everyone Clytemnestra loves.


When Clytemnestra’s family is torn from her grasp and destroyed she becomes the shell of a woman. The emotional heartbreak she endures, while written elegantly, is torturous for the reader. Grief threatens to overwhelm Clytemnestra as she is forced into marriage with Agamemnon. Yet a small thread of hope rests within her. A hope that she will be able to break the curse of revenge.


Susan C. Wilson does not shy away from the abuse and trauma Clytemnestra and her children endure. Living in a society that does not see women as equals, but as objects to be used to better future gains is horrifying. Clytemnestra has no true power, but she does all she can to protect her children. The depth of love she has for them is clearly seen, as is the pain she feels when they experience the wrath of their father and his brutality.


Clytemnestra’s Bind is a read for those interested in Greek retellings and stories leading up to Troy. While it is tragic and deals with many harder hitting themes, this story is expertly crafted and the words flow across the page.


 

Author Bio


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.



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