le Fay in Legend
legend of King Arthur has been retold countless times. In the
canonical version, Morgan Le Fay is the half-sister of King Arthur.
But their family tree is tangled with murder and magic.
Pendragon — the King of Britain — falls in love with Morgan's
mother, Ygraine. So he lures Morgan's father, Duke Gorlois of
Cornwall, into a fatal ambush. The same night Gorlois is killed, the
mysterious sorcerer Merlin transforms Uther to look like Gorlois. In
this guise, Uther sneaks into Ygraine’s bed, and they conceive a
child -- the future King Arthur.
Ygraine discovers what's happened, she fears for the life of her
daughter. So Ygraine sends Morgan away into exile.
pass. Merlin takes Uther and Ygraine’s son away to be raised in
secret. Soon Uther is killed, and the land is without a king.
According to prophecy, whoever can draw Uther’s sword, Excalibur,
out of the stone it is wedged in, is the rightful king. But no one
can, until a country squire named Arthur pulls it out... and becomes
King Arthur. He is, of course, Uther’s son.
reappears. Now a powerful sorceress, she troubles King Arthur’s
Round Table, laying traps for his knights, seducing Arthur and
bearing him a son, Mordred. In the end, Morgan and Mordred bring
about Arthur’s downfall, and the destruction of Britain.
how did Morgan become such a powerful sorceress? The medieval
romances gloss over her childhood. Malory’s Morte
d’Arthur says only
that she “was put to school in a nunnery, and there she learned so
much that she was a great clerk of necromancy.” The
Circle Cast is an
attempt to answer the question of how an exiled girl became a witch
powerful enough to bring down a kingdom.
Who is Morgan le Fay?
Why is the story set in 500 AD?
What is Wiccan magic?
Who is Alex Epstein?
The Circle Cast blog.
An Interview with Alex Epstein on The Young Adult Fantasy Guide
Praise for The Circle Cast