Circe by Madeline Miller, a review

“When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.” ~ Circe.⁣

This is the pièce de résistance I’ve been searching for my entire life. Not only did I fall in love with this story, I predicted that this will be the best book I’ll read all year., and I was right.

“In a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”

Madeline Miller, the author of The Song of Achilles, returns to the world of the Olympians- this time to tell the story of Circe, the enchantress made famous for her appearance in Homer’s Odyssey where she turns a group of men into pigs, but is forced to reverse her spell by the clever Odysseus.


Building a three dimensional life for Circe that extends beyond Homer’s canon, Miller creates a fascinating back story for Circe, one that- despite being set in ancient times- will still resonate with today’s readers. This is a beautifully told tale that is as worthy as any sung by the bards of times gone by.

I definitely loved reading this, I get why it was so hyped.⁣

Have you read this one?

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