Author: Madeline Miller
Goodreads 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.”
Review: This was the first Greek Mythology story I’ve ever read. While I love historical fiction, Greek Mythology has never been something I’ve been really interested in reading. But then I came across Circe through BookofTheMonth and ended up buying it through Amazon when I had a gift card and let me tell you it’s something completely different than anything I’ve ever read before.
That doesn’t mean I loved it though, it just meant that I went outside of my comfort zone and I think if I knew more about Greek Mythology I might have really enjoyed this story but that’s probably the exact reason why I didn’t. There were so many characters that I felt like I should have known more about before reading this story that at times I felt a little lost. At times I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to get through the story.
But I do have to admit, I love Circe for who she is. She made mistakes unintentionally (don’t we all) and it took her awhile to forgive herself and feel like she deserved to not only be her but be happy at the same time. It took her years, way more years than us mortals have to forgive herself for her mistakes in the past. She grows as a person through her years like all of us.
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars