Book Review: Circe


Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date: April 10, 2018

Synopsis: (As per Goodreads)

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

My Review

This book has been everywhere since it came out and I’m so happy I finally was able to snag a copy through my library’s Libby app. I put it on hold and it seemed like it took forever, but I finally got a copy and devoured it.

I’m not an expert in Greek mythology and I honestly had no idea what Circe’s story was before beginning this book. But Madeline Miller’s writing was honestly so enjoyable and poetic that I was able to dive right in. There are very long and beautiful passages and you don’t want to skip a word! I loved reading about all the gods and goddesses and the myths I’ve read/heard about in my history classes.

This story is well-written, engaging, and intelligent. I was SO captivated by the story and couldn’t put it down!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


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