Circe

Madeline Miller
The daring, dazzling and highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Song of AchillesOne of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018"An epic spanning thousands of years that's also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner." - Ann PatchettIn 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-10-28
Circe was everything I want in a mythic retelling. Beautiful, subtle writing with a dry wit; deep, loving knowledge of the myths that adds new flavor to the stories without twisting them beyond recognition.
I found this book to be perfect.
Reviewed: 2018-07-30

The last time I read any Greek mythology was in high school, when I was introduced to Homer. And I'm more familiar with the Roman names for the Gods so it took me a bit to get used to the names and get familiar with the locations. 

The book opens with Circe's parents' meeting and her birth. Then the years of her living with the Titans. I found this a bit boring, only because there were so many feasts, so many power games being played. Once Circe starts out on her own and especially when she is exiled to Aiaia the action actually picks up a bit. (Which does seem odd since she's supposed to be in exile.) But Circe finding herself alone on her island and how she becomes the woman she becomes is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this book. Plus, I've always loved the fact that she turned men into pigs. 

It's an interesting book and one I'd recommend if you're traveling or looking to travel via the comfort of your chair.

Reviewed: 2018-07-25
Loved it! The kind of book that makes you want to read poetry. I will gladly read Miller's masterful adaptations till the day I die.
Reviewed: 2018-05-06

OMG!  OMG!  OMG!  If you are as a fanatic of Greek mythology as I am, READ THIS BOOK!  NOW!  Stop what ever you are doing and read it.  It was AMAZING!!!  It gives a picture into the life of Circe and manages to tie all the great mythos (Olympians versus Titans, Jason & Golden Fleece, Theseus & the Minotaur, Iliad, Odyssey, Prometheus, etc, etc, etc) in an epic bow.  Seriously it is really good.  Why are you still reading this.  GO GET THIS BOOK!!!

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