In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange childnot powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess powerthe 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....
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“Witches are not so delicate,” I said.
I absolutely loved this. If you enjoy Greek mythology, complex heroines, and a generous serving of adventure, bloodshed, betrayal, magic, and monsters - both literal and figurative - then hell, READ THIS BOOK.
To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of Miller's The Song of Achilles when I read it a few years back. I'm not sure if that's because my tastes were different back then, or if it was just because the plot had more of a romantic focus than Circe. But, wha ...more
in the house of miller, goddess of written word and mightiest of storytellers, a masterpiece was born.
again, i am blown away at the beauty that is madeline millers writing. her words have a way of invoking a sense of delicate peace in my heart. i read her stories and it fills that longing for something more. circe was an absolute delight from start to finish, and i cant express the extent of my gratitude for something so breathtakingly compelling to have been created and shared with the world. ...more
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and breadth of our futures. In our language, it means no ...more
I LOVED The Song of Achilles and wasn't totally sure what to expect here (since Circe's story isn't as big), so I went into this book trying not to compare the two. I'm glad I did that now because both stories are incredibly well done, yet do feel a bit different.
I think The Song of Achilles has more emotional angst and action to get invested in since it draws from a sweeping, epic poem. Circe felt more like a journey and portrait of a character's growth, so I got invested for other reasons and ...more
"A golden cage is still a cage." Just reread this before having to surrender it back to the library!!
5* Circe was brilliant! Daughter of Helios (God of the sun), is Circe. She is often scorned and rejected by her kin for not having the look nor the voice of her siblings and other nymphs.
To look for companionship she turns to mortals and through this she discovers her power: Witchcraft. When she casts a dark spell and admits to her power, she is banished by Zeus and is exiled to the island of A ...more
This book was really really good for several reasons.
First of all, it reminded me of being a high school student and learning about Greek mythology. It’s not that I’d forgotten about it, but this book reminded me of the amazing tales of Odysseus, Medea, Zeus, and Helios to name a few. In that way, it was a refreshing reading experience filled with nostalgia.
Second of all, I think this book is just a great retelling of Greek mythology (without being any kind of an expert). The story-telling was ...more
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WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist.
I was waiting for two whole months to get this book from the library. And I finally had a chance to read Circe from Madeline Miller. A book that everyone was talking about. The only thing you were gonna see on Instagram. Well, here I am – sitting with the cool kids now, I’ve read this book.
The reason I wanted to read this book wasn’t because I wanted to be part of the cool kids. ...more
You threw me to the crows, but it turns out I prefer them to you.
My words are not as good as the ones in this book. Circe is a book about... finding yourself. But god, it stands out so far from just that.
Okay, to get started, I’m just going to say it: Madeline Miller is one of the best writers of our time. She has such a way with words that it is absolutely impossible not to be engaged in her storytelling.
The thing that brings this whole novel together is Circe’s character. She is a wo ...more