AUTHOR: MADELINE MILLER • GENRE: MYTHOLOGY • PAGES: 336
NOTE- I requested a review copy of Circe from the brilliant people at Bloomsbury Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
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.
When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.
It is hard for me to express in words how impressive this book is. Madeline Miller is a genius and Circe is a true masterpiece. This book evokes so much emotion.
Circe has a long long life that is for the most part filled with suffering and regret. She does have moments of joy but she is actively aware that these moments are short-lived. She is isolated well before she is banished to spend a life alone by a family that are selfish and cruel. Almost surprisingly she learns how to overcome her misgivings and tries to be a better person, or rather goddess.
This story will capture you and you will find yourself breaking the promise that we always tend to make, that we will stop at the end of the chapter. It is hard to stop reading but this isn’t a book to be rushed either. It demands the reader to take time and absorb the story that has been so intricately put together.
I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. This is my front-runner for book of the year. Loved it.
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Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼ ￼￼☕☕￼￼☕☕☕ 5/5 teacups
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