2021 · historical

Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

Title: Circe

Author: Madeline Miller

Description: 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. 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I did it! I finally read Circe!

This was one of my goal books to read this year and I’m so glad I did. As a mythology lover, this was something that it all the spots. I’ve read Song of Achilles earlier this year and it totally shattered my heart. Going into Circe I was expecting that as well, but I’m glad it actually had a happy ending.

This book follows life of Circe, a nymph who was banished from Olympus after she discovered her witch powers. Circe is banished to live alone on an island for eternity. During her life, many people visit her island, the most famous one being Odysseus. I read Odyssey in high school and it was painfully long and boring, but this book gave me a more interesting perspective to it.

I also love how Madeline Miller writes about not so famous characters because before this, I don’t remember ever hearing about Circe.

As for Circe, I really enjoyed her. I loved seeing her growth throughout the book, both with magic and personality. She turned from this fragile girl who lets everyone stomp over her to this powerful woman who protects everyone she loves.

To summarize, I really enjoyed this. I loved SOA a bit more but this was still very good. And if you like Mythology as much as I do, go for it!

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