Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

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The golden mask of a Greek Goddess.

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.

My brother recommended this astounding book to me! I know next to nothing about Greek mythology, so this was a complete revelation.

It is the interweaving of dozens of stories, as told from the perspective of a minor Goddess. Madeline Miller has created such a stunning work that it’s hard to put into perspective. A thousand years of epic history condensed into a single novel. She captures the heartbreaking loneliness of exile and the crushing inevitability of fate.

Of course, the nature of Greek Epics means that this is… well… epic! Like modern day serials – this contains all the war, poetry, court intrigue, and vengeful gods you could want.

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