Orange Prize-winning global bestseller, The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller returns with an electrifying take on Greek Myth’s most misunderstood deity – Circle.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born called Circle. She is a strange child. Not powerful, like her father, nor have alluring charm like her mother.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island. 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.
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.
BookPub‘s absolutely stunned by this moving novel, translating a male dominant mythology fantasy into something startlingly feminine, raw and empowering.
“An epic spanning thousands of years that’s also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner.”Ann Patchett
“I was struck by how gorgeous and entrancing her writing is. I have not stopped raving about it since. Human, flawed, raw.”
I picked up Circle on a whim last month, read it slowly, and have not stopped raving about it since. This was my first Madeline Miller book. Circle was written so intricately, given the depth of a beautiful character. One who makes mistakes, one who is strong and emotional.
“This book worked its way into my bones and rooted into my heart. Miller’s writing is straight up beautiful.”
We get to see classic characters not only reimagined, but deepened. Miller weaves these classic tales into something fresh, new, and amazing. She gives the women in these stories more agency and character than the original Greek texts provided them.
Tshepiso Ramodimoosi, Google Books
BookPub‘s absolutely stunned by this moving novel, translating a male dominant mythology fantasy into something startlingly feminine, raw and empowering. The beauty of the plot lies in the story. Circle is written lyrically and poetically like the worlds of gods and creatures in mythology. Every picture you see of them is full of colour, radiance and dominance. This is exactly what Miller has projected in her writing. Her genius is added to the complexity of the characters involved. It is not easy to write about any mythology characters unless you are focusing on one period or character. The author passes on to us the message that to love oneself is most important and to understand one’s worth – like the trending Me Too movement (a topic similar to the time it was released). With a lot of emotions involved, the author captures Circe’s thoughts very well in first person. It probably made it easier for us to envision the world around her instead of third person. This book is about Circe’s journey as she searches for love, acceptance and deals with motherhood, the challenges she faces and the joy she finds in small things. This novel is a spectacular read worth adding to the bookshelf.
If your into similar themes, buy Mytholgy: Timeless Tales Of Gods and Heroes!