Fans of Madeline Miller’s debut novel, Song of Achilles, will be rushing to jump back into her deftly reimagined Hellenic world with Circe (Little, Brown, $27). In this newest release, Miller brings another secondary Homeric character to the forefront with the story of Circe, the neglected and later exiled daughter of the Titan Helios. Readers follow Circe from her lonely childhood through endless centuries of immortal life, as she discovers her own power through witchcraft and meets a cast of familiar mythological characters along the way. Miller crafts a fiercely independent anti-heroine with lyrical and mesmerizing prose that pulls the reader in as swiftly as the whirlpools of Charybdis—if only to devastate as often as the jaws of Scylla. This riveting novel is a heartfelt ode to a supremely human goddess, and to every woman who has had to create her own power in a callous world.
For any fan of Ursula K. Le Guin’s beloved Earthsea fantasy series, the upcoming release of The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (Saga, $59.99) has been a long time coming. After four years of intensive collaboration between Le Guin and fantasy artist Charles Vess, and unfortunately less than a year after Le Guin’s passing in January, this compendium is finally setting sail to reach our shores. For the first time, readers will experience all five Earthsea novels together in brilliant color, from the story of the wizard Ged and his first days learning magic at the island of Roke, to the epic flight of the dragon Kalessin, or the dark passageways of the Tombs of Atuan and their princess, Tenar. The volume will also present Le Guin’s Earthsea short stories, including one never before printed, and her “Earthsea Revisioned” Oxford lecture—ensuring that there’s something for everyone amidst these magical, dragon-filled pages.