Overall Rating: LOVED it! ♥️ (you NEED to read this book!)
Madeline Miller’s writing can only be described as poetic. Her second book, Circe, was so captivating that I started looking into her first novel, Song of Achilles, as soon as I turned its last page.
In the days of ancient Greece, when gods ruled and demi-gods walked alongside full mortals, Patroclus was one of the few who got to know one up-close. Born a prince in his own right, an accident causes Patroclus to be stripped of his title and exiled to Pithia under the rule of King Peleus and his son, Achilles.
Intimidated and sheepish at first, Patroclus only admired Achilles from afar but when Achilles overhears an instructor seeking to punish Patroclus for skipping his lessons, Achilles goes to warn him. An action that leads the two boys into a slow growing, yet limitless bond that extends from childhood to their deaths at the battle of troy.
Having read Circe, I knew to expect great things from The Song of Achilles. What I was not expecting, was for the story to engulf me the way that it did. The author’s poignant writing will take over your emotions. The depth of the characters bond and love become your own and you are left with not just the heaviest of hearts but a rich understanding. It is extremely rare for a book to leave you with so much emotional residue; there is no doubting that this is one of the greats.
Madeline Miller’s aptitude for making Greek mythology appealing to a modern audience shines with every story she tells. She has solidified herself as one of my favorite authors and I will be eagerly awaiting each and every book she releases.
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