Overall Rating: LOVED it! ♥️
Author Madeline Miller has a love for classics and a knack for writing novels based in Greek Mythology. Her first novel, Song of Achilles, won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and her second novel, Circe (the one this review is about), flew right to the #1 spot on the NYT bestsellers list.
‘Circe’ is the story of the Greek goddess, Circe, and the centuries she spent trying to find happiness in spite of her own divinity. Born the daughter of the Titian god of the sun, Helios, Circe was treated as the outcast of her family. She spent years being belittled by her powerful father, mother, and siblings for being different – for being weak – ugly. Circe is made to feel powerless and alone amongst the gods. Desperate for acceptance she begins looking for it wherever she can. When one of her decisions leads her to discover her powers, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island out of fear. It’s here that Circe’s story really begins, where she learns to hone her powers, discover who she really is and what she wants. It’s a centuries long internal conflict that ends in her needing to make a decision between gods and mortals.
Circe is by no means a short novel, in fact it’s just shy of 400 pages, but that didn’t stop me from devouring this book in just one sitting. The story maintains a steady, engaging pace that makes putting it down nearly impossible. You’ll become engrossed in Circe’s struggle to accept her destiny and overcome her conflict with her family. This book is sure to remain at the top of my list for 2018.
Have you read this book or plan on picking it up? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ☺️