Author: Madeline Miller
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
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.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
This book… Oh my god… this book! The imagery that Miller brings to life in the pages of Circe will completely entangle you in the web of mythology, monsters, and their stories. Miller is able to bring such detail and a sense of inclusion of the reader to the story of Circe.
Circe’s journey from young girl to powerful goddess is so powerful and intriguing. She brings such innocence and love to those around her but all they do is bat her down. It is heartbreaking to read.
I listened to most of this story. And I have to say I loved listening to it. The narrator was very good, even though she had a tendency to just start whispering for no reason, which made it very difficult to hear. However, the audio was still very good. The narrator brought such power and strength to the characters- something I missed while I was reading in my head. I think I may be becoming a lazy reader because I loved having the story told to me more than reading it. Or maybe I’m just reverting back to a child… I should probably look into this…
Anyway, the story was just so well done. I don’t even know how to express how much I loved watching Circe grow into herself and step out of the shadows of those around her. Circe was able to find strength and courage in herself and choices by sheer will alone. It was so enchanting and thrilling to see her become the woman she was meant to be.
I am a huge fan of mythology. There is just something so amazing about the stories. I’m not picky about which parthenon of mythology I’m reading but because I’m Greek, their mythology is one that I hold dear. I was excited to read Circe because Circe is not a much talked about goddess. And like most women in most mythologies, she is painted more the villain than the hero. But in Miller’s Circe we get to see her in her own right. And I loved it!!!
The way Miller was able to take Circe’s story and twist and turn it was truly magical. I could probably gush about this story in many run-on sentences and rambling paragraphs for pages and pages. Even if you’re not a fan of mythology, you will love this book. You don’t have to know which god is related to which and how the stories go to fall in love with Circe’s story. Miller does all the work for you- all you have to do is sit back and relax and enjoy this dazzling (and my I be cliche and say ‘epic’) story!!!