Author: Madeline Miller
Publishing House: Back Bay Books
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Another beautiful, foiled book! Thank you to my library buddy for lending me this perfect book.
Circe is perfection! My library buddy told me very little and I am so glad as it was a dream to read! Written in the same style but with a modern twist on the Iliad’s prose, this was one of the first books I have read this year that I genuinely felt all that the main character was feeling! I loved it!
From the first chapter, I loved Circe and was hooked into her life story. At school, I studied Latin and Classical Studies and reading Circe was like the story I always wanted to read whilst I was in those classes! Don’t get me wrong I full on adored Classical Studies and Latin (the closest to Hogwarts classes I was gonna get!) but Circe is empowering and heartbreaking. I could tell that Madeline Miller is a Classical teacher! My teacher was similar in her passion when reading and explaining the books we read.
At first, I felt so sorry for Circe and her circumstances but slowly she became this absolute bad ass! Circe is a goddess but because of her experiences, she has this humanity that makes her plights that little bit more relatable and your love for her to burn that bit brighter. Madeline Miller gave me all the feels; every emotion was felt and as the story progresses you become very aware of the struggles she has survived and how that has shaped her into what she becomes. I am not going to say too much more as I would hate to spoil it. Just read this book!
I would recommend this book to those who like a singular perspective and anything Greek Mythology themed, I got some serious Hercules (Disney) vibes and I loved every page of this book, I was hooked! I will also be adding Madeline’s other book, The Song Of Achilles to my To Be Bought list! Circe will be bought (in paperback) as soon as it is available and staying on my bookshelf for a re-read in the future.
Apologies, I have been super quiet again, I have had some annoying issues with technology making it difficult for me to post! But I’m back! And I am not going anywhere! June will be filled with my April adventure post, some book reviews and a book haul at the end of the month as it is my birthday! 8)
Speak soon Bookworms 8)