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An Unexpected Ally

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Novella by Sophia Kouidou-Giles
Anticipated October 2023

"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
October 4, 2023

7:00 PM

King's Books

Tacoma, WA

October 19, 2023
October 30, 2023

7:00 PM

Annie Bloom's Bookstore

Portland, OR

October 17, 2023

5:00 PM

Langley United Methodist Church
Whidbey Island

October 22, 2023

4:00 PM

Village Books

Bellingham, WA

Save the Date!
For publicity requests, please contact: Simone Jung,

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Featured in Storywits
Digital Literary Magazine 6th Special Edition 2023 

ISSN: 2495-1043

Special Edition / September 2023

An interview with Sophia Kouidou-Giles, An Unexpected Ally - A Greek Tale of Love, Revenge and Redemption.

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.”

Clare Morris

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

Storywits Book Review

 Greek Language


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

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