An Unexpected Ally
Novella by Sophia Kouidou-Giles
"Another dimension of Circe, Homer’s enchantress that briefly lived in his Iliad, a heart-pounding tale that grinds out a new myth of love, hate, revenge, and restoration. Since the Iliad, Circe has captivated readers as thoroughly as she did Odysseus and his men. Now in An Unexpected Ally, Circe illuminates a new, energetic tale restoring faith in the intuitive, and banishing the myth of an evil enchantress in her new entanglements with Glaucus and Skylla. Rivals turn into allies and Circe asserts her female powers in a male-dominated world of heroes, demigods, and meddling Olympians."
An Unexpected Ally Events with Sophia Kouidou-Giles
Save the Date!
January 20, 2024
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Duvall Public Library
15508 Main Street NE
Duvall, WA 98019
February 7, 2024
AWP Off Campus Event
1800 W 39th St
Kansas City, MO 64111
February 10, 2024
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Kansas City Convention Center
Kansas City, MO
March 16, 2024
Her Story. Her Words. Celebrating Women's History Month
Woodinville Public Library
17105 Avondale Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
An Unexpected Ally in the News
American Writing Awards 2023 Names An Unexpected Ally As A Silver Finalist in the Fiction Fantasy Category
In this retelling of ancient Greek myth, Circe seeks a new lover, amphibian Glaucus, after Odysseus’s departure from the island of Aeaea; but in a twist of fortune, mortal Skylla complicates her plans.
Latest Book Highlights Sorceress Circe
Greek mythology has been a fountain of inspiration for artists and authors for centuries. An Unexpected Ally: A Greek Tale of Love, Revenge, and Redemption by Sophia Kouidou-Giles recounts the adventures of Circe, best known as the sorceress in Homer’s Odyssey.
Navigating the Myths of An Unexpected Ally
Exploring the treasure trove of ancient myths offered me a vast spectrum of narratives tailored to different eras, motivation and moral guidance. Like many other authors today, I want to make old stories fresh and relatable to modern readers.
Navigating the Myths of An Unexpected Ally
In a tangle of love, hate, vengeance, and the final righting of wrongs, a cast of irresistible characters weaves an adventure laced with beauty and terror in An Unexpected Ally —a newly woven set of tales that brings to life ancient Greek myths and revives issues familiar to contemporary readers.
Liv Albert Podcast:
Giving Circe the Agency She Deserves, w/ Sophia Kouidou-Giles
Greek-American author Sophia Kouidou-Giles joins Liv to talk Circe, Skylla, Greece, and her new novel An Unexpected Ally.
CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.
Advanced Praise for An Unexpected Ally
Kouidou-Giles creates an unexpectedly vivid, moving story of clashes between titans and the disparate forces around them. This lends a flavor of epic fantasy adventure to the read that will draw audiences from mythology, fantasy, and Fiction genres alike. Libraries and readers seeking evocative, compelling stories about new alliances and power plays will find An Unexpected Ally builds on Greek myth and psychological insights to create a story that is thought-provoking and thoroughly engrossing on many different levels.
Midwest Book Review
“Sophia Kouidou-Giles’ novella deftly eschews such bland storytelling, providing us instead with characters who, despite their superhuman powers, are nonetheless flawed, which adds extra spice to the narrative mix. Furthermore, we also have the opportunity to explore the experiences of women endowed with power, ingenuity and, importantly, a convincing voice.”
Poetess and Editor of
The Blue Nib
Kouidou-Giles’ book captivates the reader from the first paragraph. The story traveled me to vibrant worlds with rich descriptions of an ancient, mythical world. Through the fascinating adventures of Circe, the author extols the talents, emotions and skills of the feminine nature, revealing the primary virtues of female solidarity. A page turner!
Nora Kazazi, Author of Colours of My Soul / Στα Χρώματα της Ψυχής Μου
Sophia Kouidou-Giles είναι τόσο λυρική όσο και ελκυστική, με δυνατές σκηνές και τα μυθολογικά στοιχεία να είναι σε τέλεια αναλογία.
Sophia Kouidou-Giles is both lyrical and engaging, with powerful scenes and mythological elements in perfect proportion
Lovers of Greek myths and myth retellings should not miss this soaring tale. With An Unexpected Ally, Sophia Kouidou-Giles takes the oft-maligned Goddess of sorcery to new heights and dimensions. In this fresh take, love, hate, and jealousy are channeled into a compelling story of sisterhood.
Maria A. Karamitsos
Journalist & Author
This thought-provoking work triggered my
curiosity to read more about Greek mythology, and it was evident that the book was well-researched. Circe's character introduces the reader to major Greek gods like Zeus and Apollo. I love how thorough and vivid Sophia was with the descriptions of events, places, and nature, which helped create a mental picture of what