Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where you chose a random book from your Goodreads TBR and show it off. This meme is hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog.
Today, I’m spotlighting a book that’s been on my TBR for a while – CIRCE by Madeline Miller. I read The Song of Achilles about a year ago and absolutely fell in love with the writing, the story, and the love story. As a former high school English teacher who taught The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well as Greek mythology, more times than I can count, I loved the fresh and unique perspective The Song of Achilles offered. I have a feeling I’ll enjoy Circe as much as TSOA, and I even have a copy of the book. Now, I just need to carve out some time to read it!
About the Book:
Page Length: 393
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Synopsis: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where 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.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. 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.
Have you read Circe? What did you think of it? Do you recommend any other mythological retellings? Comment below!