by Madeline Miller
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.
There isn’t much I love more than Mythology, to be more specific, Greek mythology. It’s my jam. I absolutely love it and It’s definitely something I am passing onto the girls at school.
This book however will not be passed on to them. Circe is an absolutely amazing read, with the back drop of the titans and gods of ancient Greece I was in absolute heaven while reading this intense and intricately woven tale.
Circe is a protagonist that you can’t help but want to help. She is pretty much the forgotten daughter of Helios who attempts to keep the peace and who adores her father. She is ridiculed for this even by her father. We begin to see a development after her significant interaction with Prometheus, Circe becomes somewhat disillusioned and begins to act more on her own wishes and whims. We really see her confidence grow.
This growth was not only crucial to the story but utterly engaging to read. By this point I was behind Circe one hundred percent. I really felt for her. She had been through so much and seemed to constantly be in a negative position.
The story was utterly addictive. I ended up finishing this book in one day because I just couldn’t put it down. I completely devoured it and even when the story was done I wanted more.
Miller’s writing was perfect for the telling of myth. To be fair this is my first experience reading her work however Miller, to me, sits along side such authors as Stephen Fry and Rick Riordan, whose writing my Greek myth had be wanting more and more stories.
It is really hard to put into words just how much I enjoyed Circe. I was enthralled from the get go, taking each new chapter and development with a desire for more.
For those who are interested in the tale of Circe I would more than recommend it, however proceed with caution, there are some definitely trigger warnings for this book so double check those before diving in.
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 8.5/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10