You cannot know how frightened gods are of pain. There is nothing more foreign to them, and so nothing they ache more deeply to see.
Author: Madeline Miller
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre: Fiction // Mythology
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books, an imprint of Little Brown
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.
Well, that was just beautiful! I am in awe of the sentences Madeline Miller creates. They flow so smoothly and effortlessly, as if you’re dipping your hand in a pool of still water. Everything about Circe was amazing. I was completely mesmerized. So much so that I really dragged this one out. I could’ve read it in one sitting but I instead chose to read a bit and stop to really let the words soak in.
If you’re unsure about reading it because you’re familiar with Greek Mythology don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert or even know anything about the myths to read Circe. If on the other hand you’re Greek Mythology obsessed I truly think Miller has created a beautiful connection between the myths in her own way. I love the way she’s pulled them together to tell Circe’s story.
If you loved The Song of Achilles you’ll love Circe. Just don’t expect it to be the same. It is not a love story but rather a journey into womanhood and coming to terms with who you are. With The Song of Achilles I felt enraptured in a fast paced, heart ripped out of my chest, way. With Circe I felt at peace and at ease reading her story.
I can’t wait for Circe to hit shelves so you can experience it for yourself!
**Thank you, thank you Hachette Book Group Canada for sending the ARC my way for a honest review.**