Book Review – Circe

By Madeline Miller
Rating: ****

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. 

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.



Greek mythology has always been one of my favourite historical things to read about. I have always loved the tales of Gods, Demi-Gods, Monsters, Heroes and everything in between so I knew as soon as Circe came out that I wanted to read it and yes it captured my heart just like I thought it would, and not just because of it’s beautiful beautiful cover design! (So beautiful)

This book captivated me from start to finish but I didn’t want to rush reading it, so savoured this book and it took me a couple of months to finish. Which is really unusual for me as I normally fly through books I love, I think it was the way it was written, even though the whole novel is about Circle there are lots of mini adventures and stories and tales throughout so once I read one part I wanted to soak it all in before I rushed to the next bit.

Circe is beautifully written, one of those stories where you can imagine yourself right there watching Circe on her remote island or on board a ship. I felt like part of the entire myth.

Circe is a a witch and the book is all about her life before her banishment to an island called Aeaea and her life on the island. Circe is never lonely for long many ships pass and stay, she is called back temporarily to home to help her sister and you read about the birth of The Minotor. There is romance and action, passion, monsters and enemies.

What I loved about this book was Circe’s character. She is a strong, independent woman and no matter how much she gets bullied, belittled, picked on and pushed away she still rises up and helps others, falls in love she faces many challenges and nothing seems to phase her. You see her more vulnerable side after she has a child which Athena threatens to kill. But she still puts things into place and stays strong and calm.

I really enjoyed reading Circe and I am glad that I savoured it and read it slowly. Not just because the hard back was heavy on my little arms but the beauty of the writing and the stories within the story just felt like they needed to be read slowly. Maybe it comes from when my teacher used to read us one greek myth every-time we had a History lesson. She savoured the book and we only found out about one tale at a time. All in all, I loved Circe and definitely recommend it.

Have you read Circe? What were your thoughts? Have you read the other book by Madeline Miller about Achilles? Was this a good read too? Let me know I would love to chat. Katie x

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