Let me start by saying that I am not a huge fan of Greek mythology. Capricious gods, immortal vs. mortal world, Titans vs. Olympians, and everything in between is not really my “thing.”
“Circe” made my TBR list after the many glowing reviews, and high rating on Goodreads. I am always looking for something new (to me) and in a different genre than I am used to, to help liven up what I am reading. I am very glad I did.
Madeline Miller, who also wrote “The Song of Achilles,” is a masterful storyteller, reviving a centuries-old tale, breathing new life and intrigue to it in a unique way.
The story is the story of a nymph named Circe, a daughter of Helios, a Titan god, who is immortal. Her father has no interest in her, and her family ignores her. She is unloved even by a mortal man that she accidentally gifts immortality through a magic spell she stumbles upon.
What most interests me is the dramatic transformation of Circe over the millennia as she begins to understand herself and her place in her existence. She defies the gods’ demands and challenges the limits placed on her taking full ownership of her life and future, becoming something more, even more than fellow immortals, locked in an eternal battle with the other gods.
If you are looking for something different and love a good story, check out “Circe” by Madeline Miller, that deserves all of the praise that has been heaped upon it.