Book of the Week: Song of Achilles and Circe

Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller

Author Madeline Miller’s passion for the stories and heroes of Greek mythology shine through in her two adult novels.

No prior knowledge of ancient Greece is required for readers to enjoy Miller’s fantastic tales.

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Miller’s Song of Achilles is a love story filled with action and adventure.

She re-tells Homer’s ancient Greek poem the Iliad from the perspective of Patroclus, an exiled prince and lover of the legendary warrior Achilles.

Miller gives the reader insight into what the epic characters may have felt and experienced during the time of the fabled Trojan War.

Miller’s second novel, Circe, features a goddess who feels that she does not belong in either the realm of gods or mortals.

When Circe discovers and uses her magical power, even mighty Zeus feels threatened.

Circe’s father banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her skills. But she’s not alone for long as both gods and mortals come to visit.

Well-known figures such as Athena, Hermes, Odysseus and the Minotaur appear in Miller’s engaging tale.

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