Circe by Madeline Miller

An engrossing story of the Greek Goddess Circe, her life from her point of view. Brilliant story telling, a slow burn and satisfying read.

Book Synopsis

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.


*Non Spoiler Review*

A wonderful story of the Greek Goddess Circe. I did not know much about Circe so reading her tail was fascinating. You follow Circe’s life from infancy to later life, you see her growth and the challenges she faces, I appreciated that Miller included how Circe matured from the lessons she learnt. It has been awhile since I read a story about a silent but strong female lead, who has a feminist outlook and was victim to what be considered modern day fears.

*Disclaimer* there are triggers in this book.

The Myth of Goddess Circe came to life in this book, Millers writing is superb and engaging. There was no point at which the story slumped and also its been the first book I have read in a long time that did not have focused disaster, surprise etc. Just a well written story on a life of a Goddess.

I would highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading further books from Ms Miller!

Rating: 5/5

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