The spellbinding retelling of Greek mythology’s greatest heroine


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

Perfect for fans of ARIADNE and THE SONG OF ACHILLES, this is the extraordinary retelling of history's most infamous heroine.

Mother. Monarch. Murderer. Magnificent.

You are born to a king, but marry a tyrant. You stand helplessly as he sacrifices your child to placate the gods. You watch him wage war on a foreign shore and comfort yourself with violent thoughts of your own.

You play the part, fooling enemies who deny you justice. Slowly, you plot.

You are Clytemnestra.

But when the husband who owns you returns in triumph, what then?

Acceptance or vengeance - infamy follows both. So you bide your time and wait, until you might force the gods' hands and take revenge. Until you rise. For you understood something that the others don't. If power isn't given to you, you have to take it for yourself.

A blazing novel set in the world of Ancient Greece and told through the eyes of its greatest heroine, this is a thrilling tale of power and prophecies, of hatred, love, and of an unforgettable Queen who fiercely dealt out death to those who wronged her.

"Vivid with fury, passion and strength, this is a fabulous myth retelling" Jennifer Saint

"A powerhouse of a novel. Clytemnestra's rage, heartbreak and determination radiate off the page" Elodie Harper

"Rivals House of the Dragon in conspiracies and feminine brutality. An electrifying read" Elizabeth Fremantle

"Redefines the mythical retelling genre with a warrior queen who, instead of enduring suffering, avenges it" Annie Garthwaite

©2023 Costanza Casati (P)2023 Penguin Audio


  • Strong and immersive. Well-worth plucking from the pile of chiton-lit
    The Times

About the author

Costanza Casati

Costanza Casati was born in Texas in 1995 and grew up in a village in Northern Italy, where she studied Ancient Greek, and Ancient Greek literature, under one of the country’s most rigorous academic programmes. She is a graduate of the prestigious Warwick Writing MA in the UK, and worked as a screenwriter and journalist. Clytemnestra is her debut novel. It has sold into 18 territories worldwide, is a Saturday Times bestseller, and was shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown Award.
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