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Thursday, 6 September 2018

#BookReview Circe by Madeline Miller

About the book

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.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing

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Absolutely wonderful!! A book that does live up to the hype - and more!! 

Captivating, Immersive, Remarkable, Compelling, Evocative.

In Circe there's a character to feel immense sympathy for. Always an outsider,despised by her own family, she is set on a path of finding her true self when she is exiled and spending time with her just opens up your eyes to a different side to this woman who could have easily crumbled considering all she had faced. It makes her human! Makes her feel real and that's how you get this unique connection with her. Her ways are unique, often dark, but at the core is a woman who just wants to be accepted, loved and respected.

I knew very little of the classics and Greek myths but the way this book is written is so easy to connect with and understand the complex relationships. Just think of a very dysfunctional family and ramp it up times a million, and then you begin to get the dynamics of all the characters! There's love, fear, passion, monsters, emotion and much more!

I adored this book and the story will stay with me for a long time. I think the author has done an amazing job and I'm eager to read more from her.