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.
5 -i’m absolutely mind blown by the brilliance of this amazing novel and i’m left screaming in the woods– stars for Circe!
I absolutely adore this novel and Madeline Miller’s writing and shall cry about this novel till I can scream no more.
PLOT, WRITING & STRUCTURE
As a fan of both mythology and retellings, Circe for me was like having the best of both worlds. Following the life and experiences of the rather strange first born daughter of the Titan god of the sun, Helios, and his wife, Perse —Circe, the book is a fresh breath of air in the usually tilted balances of telling the stories of the Greek gods and heroes.
Although its my first book from this author, I absolutely adore Madeline Miller’s writing. She gives you a fresh, new perspective to Greek mythology, challenging and changing the way to look at these stories and their meanings. While I can’t claim to have a vast knowledge in myths, I know a good number of them and I’ll never be able to look at those stories the same again. Circe changed the way I look at these stories, the heroes and the damned in myths. Heroes like Odysseus, Achilles and Jason; unfortunate characters like Icarus, Daedalus and the undesirables like Circe, herself.
I really loved how Madeline Miller wrote Circe, adding a kind of ‘human-ness’ to her character and bringing more meaning to her story.
That he had never met a god who enjoyed their divinity less.
Circe, oddest of the gods, with a voice like a mortal as well the heart of one, is quite an interesting character. Circe’s emotions run deeper than that of other gods, almost as deep as those of mortals whom she comes to love.
I absolutely loved Circe’s character. I loved how human she seemed, the freshness of her compared to the other gods. Circe is a messy character, her emotions and motives are not quite as cold and calculated as the other gods, which makes her a lovable character. Circe feels things more than she should, figures life out slowly like a child. The development of her character from the naive young nymph she used to be to a powerful witch who defies the will of gods, while still able to feel but with more clarity, is simply wonderful.
Circe is beautifully dynamic and memorable character.
If I screamed from now to the next year (which i definitely can, because omg, i love this book so much!), I don’t think I’ll be able to truly and completely voice how much I love Circe. I loved Circe, it was a magnificent read, and an extremely likely reread sometime soon. Madeline Miller’s writing is like riding an emotional rollercoaster, the best kind. From its captivating beginning to its amazing end, it was a great read.
Circe is an 125% recommend for me.
Have you read Circe? What do you think?
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