Circe – Madeline Miller

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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. 



I had heard great things about this book so I sat down to read it with fairly high expectations. Previous Greek mythology books that I have read have often focused on the Olympians, therefore I had very little to no knowledge of the Titans (except that they are viewed as evil… I mean Kronos ate his kids?!) Anyways, moving back to Madeline Millers’s novel, it was good. The plot was fast-paced and intriguing. The writing was captivating and magical. The characters progressed throughout the book. It’s safe to say that this is a great piece of feminist literature. I actually listened to this book using audible, and I think it made it a better experience for me as I had no idea as to how to pronounce certain words and names. I wouldn’t say that it was the best book I’ve ever read because it’s not, but it is definitely worth reading!

My Rating 4/5 stars




  1. alisbooks · May 19, 2020

    I have this one on my TBR. Glad you thought it was worth reading!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. theorangutanlibrarian · May 19, 2020

    Glad to hear you liked the writing- I thought it was captivating too!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Aria · May 20, 2020

    I’ve wanted to read this for a while, because it looks really good. Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

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