Sara B. Elfgren began her career in the film industry as a screenwriter. As a script doctor, she has been involved in several Swedish film and television productions. She has a degree in Film Studies. The Circle is her debut novel.
Mats Strandberg is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He is a regular columnist for Sweden’s biggest evening newspaper and has been named Columnist of the Year by Sweden’s Newspapers and Magazines organization. He has published three previous novels, with rights sold in numerous countries.
On a night after the apparent suicide of high school student Elias Malmgren, a blood-red moon fills the night sky. Minoo wakes up outside her house, still in her pajamas, and is drawn by an invisible force to an abandoned theme park on the outskirts of town. Soon five of her classmatesVanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin, Rebecka, and Idaarrive, compelled by the same force. A mystical being takes over Ida’s body and tells them they are fated to fight an ancient evil that is hunting them. As the weeks pass, each girl discovers she has a unique magical ability. They begin exploring their powers. The six are wildly different and definitely not friends . . . but they are the Chosen Ones.
In this gripping first installment of The Engelsfors Trilogy, a parallel world emerges in which teenage dreams, insanely annoying parents, bullying, revenge, and love collide with dangerous forces and ancient magic. An international sensation with rights sold in 26 countries, The Circle is razor-sharp and remarkable from start to finish.
"What a stunning novel. Raw, real, smart, very thrilling and very, very wicked. The Circle is Twilight by way of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."—Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians
"The Circle is a story about group dynamics, identity, and finding one’s place in the world. Like all great books, it’s about how people handle the difficult task of becoming human beings, together with other human beings."—John Ajvide Lindqvist, bestselling author of Let the Right One In
“The Circle ensnares you from the start, with all the epic mayhem and darkness of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and with teen characters as rich and nuanced as any reader could hope for. It’s an utterly convincing world, and a resonant one, and we find ourselves wanting to follow its heroes anywhere.” —Megan Abbott, bestselling author of Dare Me and The End of Everything
“A beautiful, frightening, empowering novel reminiscent of the best of Scott Westerfeld or Anne Rice, The Circle puts its mismatched heroines--and readers--at the center of an ancient conspiracy of magic as terrifying as it is realistic. Enthralling from start to finish.” —Elizabeth Hand, bestselling author of Available Dark and Walking the Moon
“Rightly destined to be the next cult read.” —The Telegraph
“[The Circle] reads like the The Demon Headmaster set in a Swedish Twin Peaks with a nod to Stieg Larsson.” —The Observer