‘Circe‘ by Madeline Miller is my second read for this month. After reading ‘The Song of Achilles’ I had this crazy urge to read everything Madeline has ever written. A lot of you, also, recommended the book in my review post of ‘The Song of Achilles’ . And so with really high expectations, I sat down to devour this book.
PLOT: Circe is the daughter of the all powerful sun God, Helios. Despite being born to a powerful Titan and a beautiful nymph mother – Circe shows no signs of power or beauty. Shunned by her family, mocked by everyone – Circe grows up lonely in the godly halls of her father. Put down by the immortals all around her, Circe turns to comfort from a mortal that she happens to meet. When she chances on a mortal, she can’t help but fall in love. It is this love that sets into motion her life’s journey when she discovers she isn’t an ordinary immortal but infact is a gifted witch as she transforms him from a mere mortal into a God. Her powers scare the most powerful Olympian God, Zeus, who banishes her to exile on the Island of Aiaia. The story follows her journey – a journey of self discovery and love where she crosses paths with Gods, monsters and mortals to become the Goddess of sorcery and Aiaia.
REVIEW: As with ‘The Song of Achilles’, Madeline’s story telling had me sucked into the Circe’s world. Every time I’d put my Kindle down – I felt like I was suddenly pulled out of a vortex back into reality. With every page I read, I wanted to read even more. Circe’s tale is a beautiful story of the coming of age of a young Goddess who grows up in the shadow of her all powerful God father, her beautiful nymph mother and her powerful siblings. Her childhood seemed all so relatable to me – growing up as the ‘chubby’ child – I was often made fun of for being fat. Infact while reading the first quarter of the book – I was perpetually tearing up because I could understand what Circe was going through. Following her journey felt like such an exciting journey and so relatable as a woman growing up to become her own person – from a person constantly looking to please other people and craving for love to becoming a woman who stands up to the most powerful Gods and accepts herself with all her flaws and writes her own destiny. I promise her story will entertain you, move you and keep you hooked. There are so many beautiful moments and quotes in the book – I highlighted so many to refer to later. It is a very well written, entertaining yet heart warming story.
VERDICT – This is a must read! I loved the book so much. I promise you will lose yourself in Circe’s world! Madeline’s writing is bound to impress you. Did I love The Song of Achilles more? Yes! But only because I am a sucker for romantic stories and it has been a while since I found a love story that moved me THAT much. I read both the books on my Kindle but I’m going to buy both the books as well to re-read later. Adding Madeline Miller to my list of favourite authors. 10/10
Checkout the book HERE. (It’s on 50% off on Amazon India as of today)
What are you reading currently? Leave your book recommendations below – I’d love to read more mythology based fiction!
PS: I don’t write a lot about the story line in my reviews because I don’t want it to spoil it for someone who plans on reading the book.
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