Circe - Madeline Miller


By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2018-04-10
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
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"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).

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.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

#1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.


  • Riveting

    By Whitmben
    I’m so glad I committed to finally reading this book. Why didn’t I do it sooner! Written so perfectly for depicting the historical context. Fascinating, hard to put down.
  • Brilliant

    By Kerstyn16
    Brought this amazing story to life from a perspective never seen before. Goes from finding her true power after being the laughing stock of her family to this amazing enchantress that everyone learns to respect and fears.
  • Circe

    By laniercl
    Loved this story. Great read.
  • Wonderful

    By Volunteer Listener
    and so much better than Achilles, more wisdom and insights, especially beginning with Chapter 16. Great satisfying ending. Well done
  • A beautiful, wonderful story

    By harwardA
    This book is beautifully written. Read it now!
  • Amazing read

    By plottin561
    10/10 would recommend to anyone who is searching for an encapsulating reading experience
  • Not your parents’ Odyssey

    By rokinrev
    “...Something about you Odysseus said about you once... That he had never met a god who enjoyed their divinity less.” Circe the titan, daughter of Helios and the nymph Perse. Banished to Aiaia forever for defying her father and becoming a witch, she’s simply a scene in the story of the great Odysseus, King of Ithaca, allowing he and his men respite as they return to Ithaca, aiding them to get there with some safety. However, Madeline Miller has given Circe life. From her childhood obsession with her father, through her acceptance of her banishment through her idyll with Odysseus and beyond, we find a true “witch”, a wise woman who uses her own knowledge and nature to shape her world and those who she touches. When I first read reviews of this book I was intrigued. The Odyssey of Homer is my favorite book and *most* stories using it as a basis have interested me over decades. And this is no different. In fact, that Circe has been brought to life from the Greek footnote Homer gives her, reflects how women have evolved in and as a part of history and mythology. This book more than deserves the accolades it has garnered and I hope to soon read Miller’s first book:The Song of Achilles”which I actually own. Highly Recommended 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book from my library system and chose to read and review it]
  • Singular

    By farfromkix
    I have never read a novel quite like it. I’m not an avid reader of mythology so was surprised by how quickly I became immersed in this deep tale and its themes that go beyond the anticipated. Vivid, beautifully crafted language and storytelling — truly gorgeous — and twists and turns so compelling. It captivated me and resonated on levels completely unexpected. Did not want this book to end!!
  • An Incredible Story of Realization

    By LLH_reads
    This book moved me in ways I didn’t think possible. Mythology is not a subject I’m fond of, and I was intimidated that the complicated cast of famous characters would distract me trying to keep the relationships straight. But, I was proven wrong. Miller weaves her story beautifully and makes it easy to draw connections between the gods, mortals and monsters. Circe is more than a retelling of an age old tale, it’s a coming of age - a story of realizing ones true purpose as a witch, a woman, a daughter and a mother exiled to learn about herself and her relationships through a series of adventures. Relatable in ways I didn’t expect, I highly recommend this.
  • Circe

    By Sakurane
    Beautifully written!