The Circle Cast by Alex Epstein — book review

The Circle Cast by Alex Epstein. Tradewinds Books ‘8.95

Reviewed by Misha Herwin

Morgan La Fay is one of the most powerful characters in the Arthurian legends. She is also one of the most mysterious. In The Circle Cast, Alex Epstein gives his take on where she came from and why she played the part she did in Arthur’s life. He concentrates on her early life, the missing years, skilfully weaving together a blend of magic, legend and history to give a very convincing picture of Britain in the Dark Ages. The Roman legions have gone, the barbarians are invading and the whole country is plunged into chaos leaving the way open for the rise of a new and legendary leader. Against this background Morgan is faced with questions about who she is and what she wants from her life.   

Alex Epstein is a screenwriter for film and television and the novel is written in short scenes with very straightforward dialogue, which could easily be adapted into a script. The writing is spare, there is little description, but for me the main characters lack depth. For example I would like to feel more for Morgan and have some insight into what she herself is experiencing. However there is plenty of dramatic action and unexpected twists. The ending in particular gives the impression that there will be more to follow and I would certainly want to read on.   

The Circle Cast by Alex Epstein. Tradewinds Books ‘8.95

Reviewed by Misha Herwin

Morgan La Fay is one of the most powerful characters in the Arthurian legends. She is also one of the most mysterious. In The Circle Cast, Alex Epstein gives his take on where she came from and why she played the part she did in Arthur’s life. He concentrates on her early life, the missing years, skilfully weaving together a blend of magic, legend and history to give a very convincing picture of Britain in the Dark Ages. The Roman legions have gone, the barbarians are invading and the whole country is plunged into chaos leaving the way open for the rise of a new and legendary leader. Against this background Morgan is faced with questions about who she is and what she wants from her life.   

Alex Epstein is a screenwriter for film and television and the novel is written in short scenes with very straightforward dialogue, which could easily be adapted into a script. The writing is spare, there is little description, but for me the main characters lack depth. For example I would like to feel more for Morgan and have some insight into what she herself is experiencing. However there is plenty of dramatic action and unexpected twists. The ending in particular gives the impression that there will be more to follow and I would certainly want to read on.