Circe, by Madeline Miller

🏆Top 5 Books of 2018: 1st Place🏆

“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.”

Can we just take a second to appreciate that cover, though? Good.

Epic in scope and rendered in Miller’s simple, evocative and heart breaking prose, this book is hands down the best I’ve read this year. It was all-encompassing and sent me down a Greek-myth-obsession rabbit hole that has dominated my reading year and I am yet to break free from…

Circe, ‘the witch’, appears in many different Greek myths as something of a side part. Madeline Miller has given her her own Legend. Her Circe is an extremely compelling character, and we follow her over millennia of lifespan through heartbreak and adventure. To say anything more than that would be kind of a spoiler, but this books contains all all-star cast of cameos, from Prometheus to Odysseus (obviously) via Jason, Daedalus, and the Minotaur, plus more.

As with The Song of Achilles, you don’t need to be familiar with or even generally enjoy Greek myths to enjoy this book; it is compelling and beautiful and will suck you straight in and hold you there until the very end.

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