“It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures, flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment’s carelessness. If I had ever believed it, I no longer did.”
Circe isn’t like her family or the other gods, she has always been around. She doesn’t have the strength and power of her father, the great Titan god, Helios. She doesn’t fit in with her siblings and she’s nothing like her mother. She’s different and everybody makes sure she knows it. Eventually, she discovers that she possesses the power of witchcraft. A threatened Zeus exiles her to a deserted island. In her exile, the circumstances she deals with and the men and gods she encounters shape her and in some cases force her to become who she was meant to be all along.
I LOVED this book!
This one, I picked up after seeing countless posts about it on Instagram. The Instagram marketing really worked on me and after reading the summary I knew I had to check it out. I read this as someone with no prior knowledge of Greek mythology and was able to enjoy it and keep up without any problem. The writing itself is really well done, and I found it easy and enjoyable to read.
Circe is an interesting character, and I loved watching her change over the course of the book. As a child, her siblings pick on and ridicule her. Her parents make it apparent that she is a disappointment. The people around her constantly talk down to and bully her. She comes off weak and insecure at the start of the book. In her exile, she encounters both men and gods and must deal with danger, love, heartbreak, and the consequences of her own decisions. She even receives threats from one of the greatest of the Olympian gods at one point. We get to watch as she goes through all these experiences and circumstances and eventually become independent, sure, and strong. Finally, everything culminates for Circe at the end of the book, where she makes a decision that requires the ultimate amount of courage.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I love the strong female lead character. One great thing to me is that a person with no Greek mythology knowledge can enjoy this book. Personally, it made me want to learn more about Greek mythology and it for sure made me want to check out Miller’s previous book, The Song of Achilles. Circe gets five stars from me, and I think you should definitely read it, share it, and love it!
PUBLICATION DETAILS: Little, Brown and Company, April 10, 2018, 978-0316556347