Kate Murdoch is the author of Stone Circle. She exhibited widely as a painter both in Australia and internationally before turning her hand to writing. In between writing historical fiction, she enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction. Her short-form fiction is regularly published in Australia, UK, US and Canada. Stone Circle is a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy. It was released by Fireship Press December 1st 2017. Her novel, The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in 18th century France, will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2019. Kate is based in Melbourne.
"In this debut historical fantasy, two young men become apprenticed to a seer during the Renaissance, igniting a rivalry for the man's daughter...Best of all, Murdoch delivers wisdom valuable to anyone trying to master a field: 'Those who are consumed by negative thoughts about others cannot possibly reach the level of purity required.' Despite a clever, definitive ending, readers may clamor for a sequel. Italy sparkles in this layered 16th-century romance." --Kirkus Reviews
"Stone Circle is a tale of 16th century Italy, but not as you have ever read about it before. This history is enlivened by a famous seer, his beautiful psychic daughter, two smitten apprentices, magic rituals, shape-shifting birds, evil brewing and true love, a thrilling combination that hooked me from the beginning. Kate Murdoch's fabulous writing is full of vivid sounds, sights and scents that pull us into the scene, expressed in inspired word combinations that are a joy to read. A wonderful, entertaining book." --Gail Cleare, USA Today bestselling author
"Kate Murdoch's Stone Circle is a stunning historical fantasy debut set in Renaissance Italy, packed with rich imagery, well-developed characters, and an enthralling plot. The execution of the love triangle is both captivating and refreshing, weaving love, jealousy, and rivalry into a complicated but realistic story of one young seer's journey into alchemy and adulthood. I can't wait to read more by Kate Murdoch." --Madeline Dyer, author of the Untamed series.